Thursday, March 17, 2011

Three Months Old!

I'm about 2 weeks late on this post, but going back to work has significantly decreased the amount of time I have to play on the interwebs. My time with Nanner is pretty limited, so I don't want to miss out on anything because I was too busy posting photos online.

Hannah's reflux started acting up again, so Graham took her to the pedi yesterday because they wouldn't up her zantac dose until they weighed her. She tips the scales at a whopping 10 lbs., 12 oz. and is 24 inches long. She's in the 80th percentile for height and the 10th percentile for weight. Clearly, she's her father's daughter. Overall, she's doing quite well. She's a happy, alert baby. She has great muscle tone, and I predict that she's going to be rolling over inside the next 5 days. She's almost there; she can pull her arms and legs under her and she manages to get up on her side before she flops back again. I think she startles herself.

She's changed so much from her one month & two month picture parades. I can't get over it! She has more and more chub on her everyday, and she's constantly taking in the world around her. She even manages to stay awake during the car rides to and from work with me every morning; she spends time talking to the baby in the mirror & her stuffed rooster hanging on the carrying handle.

Okay, enough chit chat. It's photo time!

She thought falling over was hysterical.

"How YOU doin'?"

She loves showing off her new sitting skills.

Jane couldn't let another month go by without saying hello.

"Come back, kitty! I wanna grab doze whiskers again."

Some people feel small in front of the ocean. I feel small when Daddy stands up.

No, still not done.

"Really? Again?"


"Why does the blond one have the camera?"

Monday, March 14, 2011

Back to school! Back to school! To show my dad that I'm not a fool....

Being back at work is....interesting. I don't love it. I don't hate it. I mostly feel pretty sad that I have to leave Nanner at home and can't be with her. The build-up was worse than my actual return, and for that I am very thankful.

My classroom is a dream. My sub did an amazing job with the kids, and I'm really pleased about how much was accomplished while I was gone. My classroom has also never been cleaner. Yippee!

I'm still pouring through my work emails. I've got a ton of junk, and it's hard to decide what's worth keeping and taking a second look at. Then there are the time-specific emails that I received, and I can only hope that the out-of-office reply bounced back and the people emailing me were emailing my sub or one of my colleagues. If not...oh well. Not much that can be done about it now, I suppose. ::shrug::

The best part about working is that my baby girl gives me her best smiles of the day twice. Once when I peek into her pack & play in the mornings, and again when she wakes up after the car ride home. I love the look on her face. "Hey! You're back!" As much as it sucks having to leave every morning, coming home is worth it.

I thankfully haven't had a full week yet. I came back Wednesday last week, and we have professional growth days this Friday and next Monday. My first full week back will be the end of March/beginning of April, just in time for parent-teacher conferences! Wooooo....! At least I'll have only a few more weeks until my spring break. The good news about that being so late this year is that the week we're off will (hopefully) be nice and warm. I've been dying to take Hannah on more walks and spend more time outside with her; having a winter baby makes outside activities a non-option for us.

The afternoons have been particularly hard. I can't seem to NOT think about her and not miss her. I'm not teary-eyed, just sad. She's just SUCH a good baby that I feel like I'm missing out on things. If she weren't sleeping or spent the whole day screaming, I'd probably feel a little better about leaving.

It's still a little strange to me that it's mid-March already. I feel like it should be January. On one hand---eeeeeeeeek! Just 10 weeks left before the end of the year! (A few more than that, but ultimately that's what it boils down to). On the other hand-----aaaaaaaaaaaaah! Just 10 weeks left! I counted yesterday, and we have about 55 school days left. Excellent. That's insanely doable.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I think I'm going to be sick

Not sure if it's the situation I'm walking in to, or if it's that my daughter still isn't big enough for me to justify leaving, but I do not want to go into work tomorrow. If I can make it through the end of the day without puking, I'm calling it a miracle.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Warm Temps: Photo of the Day

Yay! It hit 60 today. Spring is on its way!!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Little Friends: Photo of the Day

Brief update

I realized it has been more than a few days since I updated, so I figured it was time for a quick post from me before Graham resumes his Photo of the Day posts.

I realized a little more than a week ago that my maternity leave was rapidly coming to an end.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!! ::kicking and screaming::

On one hand, I'm looking forward to being around adults again. My favorite day of the week has been Wednesday because I was attending a breastfeeding support group at the hospital where I delivered Nanner. It's been great to talk with other moms and see babies of different ages and all the things I get to look forward to in the coming months. I also got to catch up with a mom who was in my labor & delivery class. She had her daughter about a month after Nanner was born, and it's been fun to sit and catch up with her.

But on the other hand....I'm not emotionally ready to leave my little one. Physically and mentally, it's go time. It's tugging at my heartstrings when I think about the things I'm going to miss. She's so close to rolling over, and each day her head and neck control gets better and better. I'm not mad that Graham's going to see those things first, I'm just sad I'm going to miss the first time she does them.

I don't necessarily want to be a stay-at-home mom. I think I'd get bored. As it is, when she naps I don't always know what to do with myself. I don't think I'd mind working part-time, though. If I could find something in mornings or afternoons a few days a week, I'd take it in a heartbeat. It'd be the best of both worlds! Grown up conversation and interaction, and a few days with mah beh-beh.

I feel a little better about going back to work, though, because we finally have "a plan" for me. I'm a little nervous about how things will work out, but Graham is confident that things will work out. As it is, yesterday I got an opportunity emailed to me, so hey! Maybe things will be alright. Not to get all preachy on you, but I know my God is going to take care of us. I'm nervous, but I was also incredibly nervous that Hannah would be born with major health and genetic problems, and even though she's almost 3 months old, she's doing alright so far. My faith is really getting me through right now. that that's out of the way, I think I'm gonna go cuddle on my baby. She's waking up from her nap, and I don't want to waste any of my maternity leave.