It’s a shock that maternity leave is over and I’m back at work. I don’t know how it happened so fast. I know why I’ve neglected this space – I’ve been under a spell cast by this guy:
We had a wonderful time with my family over the Christmas holidays. We spent a lot of time with my folks and my brother and his family. Troy had to work quite a bit so we weren’t able to be together as a family as much as we would’ve liked. Davie discovered she LOVES to open presents. It doesn’t matter what the present is, she just loves opening them.
Troy’s family couldn’t come – in fact, we haven’t seen them since the day Isaiah was born. Troy’s mom Marilyn married a year after we did. Her husband has two adult twin daughters, one who lives with them (both are single). Both of the girls have been in and out of the hospital through the holidays and one is still in. We tried to go see them twice but both times they called and cancelled. I know it’s been a really stressful time for them but I hate it that Marilyn is missing out on Isaiah. Troy is her only child and Davie and Izzy are her only grandchildren. We’re hoping everyone’s health improves and we’ll all be able to get together soon!
Maternity leave was a dream. Days flew by – Isaiah and I would get up in the morning and nurse, and I would smell his head while he slept on my chest, and somehow it would suddenly be two in the afternoon. I cooked every dinner, had a clean house and all the laundry caught up. I even caught up a bit on the DVR! Isaiah seems to like the Property Brothers but he sleeps through Lost Girl and Supernatural. He’s not a fantasy/sci-fi guy yet, I guess. 🙂
I got all kinds of crafty during leave. Mom and I started making wreaths with geo mesh. It’s so fun! I LOVE having a creative outlet. I even gave up couponing for the whole two months! It was so much more fun to snuggle with my Squishy and be artistic. I could really get used to being a stay-at-home mom, if only we could afford it.
Davie is adjusting pretty well. She adores Izzy and loves all over him – then she gets bored and wants to put him away in the toy box. She’s still a baby herself and needs some good one-on-one time with each of us every day. It seems impossible she will be three in just a few weeks! She seems so smart and grown-up already. We are working hard on potty-training. She loves to go potty, but then she’ll get into playing and forget to tell us she needs to go. So for now, we’re still using Pull-Ups but we’ve got to have her completely trained by the start of the school year in August. It’s a requirement for the 3-year-old class.
Coming back to work was easier this time since my folks are just 15 minutes away from our house and they are watching Isaiah and Davie. Still, I have weepy days where I can barely bear to leave him. Especially since he will most likely be our last, which is a whole other (debatable) topic. It helps getting texts and pics from mom during the day.
Breastfeeding has been so much easier this time. With Davie, I had a vaginal birth, but it took 10 days for my milk to come in. I pumped constantly and we used the PSS system and tried everything, but I dried up at four months. This time, even though I had a c-section, I had milk the day he was born! Of course we supplement and the majority of his intake is formula, but he loves the boobie and I love the bonding time. I’m so grateful it’s been so much easier this go ’round.
As a family, we seem to be falling into a new routine. As long as I have lunches made and clothes laid out for everyone and we all get baths the night before, mornings seem to go smoothly. I get up, nurse Isaiah, then get ready for work and get Izzy changed, dressed and in his carrier. Troy gets ready and dresses Davie in the clothes I’ve laid out, then he takes the kids to my folks’. I pick them up after work, start dinner, and get their bags re-stocked for the next day, lay out clothes and pack lunches. When Troy gets home he helps me finish dinner and clean up. Then the kids get baths and sometimes we do, too.
The only bad thing about routine is that it makes the days fly by so fast! Davie and Isaiah are just so cute and fastinating and wonderful. I want these days to last.