Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Boo pulled himself up!

Boo is getting much more mobile. He really likes to stand at the coffee table and swipe at everything on it. Well, today he finally figured out how to pull himself up instead of scream at me until I do it for him. He scoots around on his butt and goes backwards on his tummy. He's so close to crawling, but can't quite get over one of his legs. Plus, he's pretty laid back, so if he has an option besides crawling he usually takes that. Overall, I think we both do okay with the whole mommy goes to work thing. It's just hard to keep up. For example, my goal of writing in my blog three times a week? Hmmm...need to work on that one. Also, my baby-led feeding blog is falling behind. So much to do, so little time! I am happy to be at work though. It's so nice to have money to pay bills. As much as I hate being away from Boo, the amount of stress that has been lifted has made it so much easier to feel content from day to day. That's always a good thing.

I'll have to get my Easter pics up soon. They have to get developed first. Boo had a cute little outfit on of course. And he got an Easter basket. He got a couple of books - one being his first bible. He also got some farm animals that make noise.

I managed to scrape my eye for Easter. I was brushing my hair and somehow brushed my eye. I'm talented I know. It hurt all day on Sunday. Yesterday it hurt worse and after driving to my mom's house on Monday morning to drop Boo off I couldn't open my eye for several hours. So, I ended up going to the eye doctor instead of to work. I have an abrasion on my left eye. Wow. I'm so talented. Anyways, it's still pretty painful, but doing much better. I go back to the eye doctor tomorrow. Hopefully there won't be any scarring. That could affect my vision permanently. The eye doctor didn't think there would be scarring, so I'm hoping for the best. Some people would love to have 20/20 vision. I have it and I stick a hairbrush in my eye. Gotta love it!

Here's a couple of recent pics:

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Back at Work

Just thought I'd write a little blurb about being back at work. So far we're adjusting okay. Boo is still not sure that he wants to nap well during the day when I'm not there. But he'll get there. He's pretty happy though even without good naps. He's just happier with them. The adjustment is hard. I miss him during the day. Most days I'm in town and I can just run over to my parents and spend time with him over lunch and nurse him and that sort of thing. However, some days I'm an hour away for training and those days stink. But it is what it is. He's definitely clingier in the evening now. He doesn't want to let mommy out of his sight. So that's rough. It makes me feel sad for him. Plus it makes it hard to get anything done in the evening. As of yet my house hasn't offered to clean itself and dinner doesn't cook all by itself. I'll let you know if that changes.

We're still doing cloth diapering. I've actually been able to keep up with it okay since working. But I've had to make it a priority. Sometimes the regular laundry gets behind, but we have diapers. I just bought some more to help me not have to wash so much. As soon as I prep them we can start using them. I got a bunch of prefolds. They're the most economical choice for cloth diapering, but not quite as convenient as the pocket diapers that I use a lot. I plan to use the prefolds myself and save the pockets for my husband and my parents. I don't see them wanting to mess with the prefolds. But I will if it's saving us money and helping me to have one or two more days inbetween diaper loads.

Pumping has been difficult. It's hard making sure that Boo has enough milk every day. But it's so worth it. It's something that's incredibly important to me so I make it a priority. I've done a couple of middle of the night pumpings just to make sure I keep up that week. I'm finally starting to get a little ahead of the demand. Yay. But I went out and got a rental (hospital grade) pump at the end of last week and I think that I'm getting more with it. I'm still not saying for sure yet. I feel like it's too soon to make a definite call on that one.

I got to see a super-close friend last week who is currently preggers and that was fun. It was the first time that Boo got to meet her so I was excited.

Boo and I are taking a parent/baby swim class with a friend and her baby. The first week Boo pouted a lot during the class. Not today. He was all smiles. He had a grand old time. I've decided that I need to find a new swimsuit though as my current one isn't fitting my postpartum nursing body. I won't be going to the thrift shop for that one. No way - I draw the line there. Anyways, I did update my Thrifting the Year Away blog. Nothing thrilling, just an update on my progress as promised.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pumping at 3 AM

Yes, that's what I'm doing. I'm pumping at 3 am. It's very very hard to keep up with the milk that Boo needs during the day while I'm at work. Tomorrow I'm going to be out of town for training and I'm a bit short, so hence the middle of the night pumping.

Work has been going okay. I think that the job will be interesting and not too horrible. The first couple of weeks were okay. This week I'm having a harder time. I cried on my drive to work yesterday. Boo is at a point where he knows that I'm leaving and starts whining when he sees me getting my keys and putting on my coat. It's so sad. I feel like my heart is continually being ripped from my chest all day long. But, this is life and this is our reality right now. So what's one to do but just deal with it, right? I just remind myself that I'm doing this so that T can go to school and maybe someday I won't have to go to work and can stay home with our many children. That would be wonderful. Although, I remember what hard work that is being home all day.

We finally did get our tax return and Boo made out like a fat rat. It's nice to get extra on the return due to having a child, but it all went to him anyways.

For the record, I hate pumping. I'm glad there's a way that I can get milk for my baby while I work. But I hate pumping. I've pumped several times in a bathroom sitting on the floor. No fun. When I'm at my office I shut my office door and pump. I share with one other person, but my desk faces a wall away from her, so I can just pump away without worrying about flashing anyone. When I'm not at the office (which is when I'm out of town for training) I must rush to the bathroom inbetween training activities and pump. It's pretty frustrating. That's going to be my lot in life tomorrow as I'll be out of town. Ugh.

Well, looks like I've got enough milk now. I'm going to go back to bed and try to get more sleep before 6 am rolls around.