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Six Weeks Later

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I never thought six weeks would go by so quickly!  My maternity leave ends this week, and my son turns six weeks old on Thursday.  He has changed so much since we brought him home.  It's all happening so fast!  Everyone tells us to "enjoy this time, it'll pass so quickly", and they're absolutely right!   Every day is a blessing and yields something different - a new lesson, a new change.   It's been so much fun, and I really hate to have to leave my baby's side for more than an hour - but I'm going to have to learn to let go sometime...baby steps...baby steps...

A couple of weeks ago, we got a call on a Saturday morning...

"Hi guys, we're at the airport...can you run out here and pick us up real fast?"

Something that has changed since we had a baby is that you can do NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING "real fast", and the idea of spontaneity goes out the window.  If there is anything spontaneous, it's baby-generated and then (and almost ONLY THEN) do you do things really fast.  Remember the days when you could go hop in the car and run to the store - getting in the car was as easy as opening a door and sitting down?   Those days are gone.  Getting out of the door to do anything involves multiple bags and intricate timing.  Since we're breast feeding, timing is of the essence when it comes to going anywhere.  We have to think about when he's due to eat next (roughly 2 hours after his last feeding) and either feed RIGHT BEFORE we walk out the door, or know that we have to have arrived somewhere before the "hungry mark" or have a bottle ready for one of us to give him in his car seat.  The "cooler-bag" is one bag we have to take along, including the tiny thermos of hot water to warm the bottle.  The diaper-bag with a change of clothes, diapers, wipes, spare swaddling blankie, nuk (which he really doesn't like, but we take it anyway), extra socks, nursing pads, hand sanitizer... Then I have a purse and come Friday when I go back to work, I'll have my pump bag and a spare cooler-bag.  Wow.  If I'm carrying the baby too, I'll have no arms left - even if I were an octopus, I'd run out of arms! 

I've already cried a whole lot about dropping him off at daycare.  I know I'm going to have to leave at least 20 minutes early for work, knowing that I'll spend that time in the parking garage crying after dropping him off.  I've only been apart from him for an hour at a time...this'll be hard.  It does comfort me to know that he'll be picked up by Daddy only three or so hours after I drop him off, then have "dad-time" all afternoon. 

We have had so many guests come and go over the past six weeks - grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles - we still haven't officially had more than 3 days at a time in our house without guests.  I love the visitors - but it'll feel much more normal and calm once the activity level at home becomes a little less.  We found a rhythm to get chores done, and I'm feeling good about how clean the house is.  I'm still trying to find a rhythm when it comes to exercise.  I'm feeling pretty unattractive about myself (though "me" is the last thing on my mind) and hope that sometime I'll be able to do something about it. 

I hope to have more time to write once I'm back to work - there are still so many stories to tell about the past six weeks, and some great links to share -- but they'll have to wait...someone's telling me it's "dinnertime!" 

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