Back at It

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I'm back. At work. After eight weeks of maternity leave and a blissful period of bonding with our little daughter. Today is Lily's first official day of daycare (yesterday she had a half-day to acclamate), and I can't help but feel sad, like a part of me is less than complete.

I keep hearing it gets easier, and we did really luck out with our caregivers, but still. Aside from missing her, I'm sad about all of the moments I'm anticipating missing in the future. What if her first crawl, steps, word...what if they're all had when I'm away at work and away from Lily?

I suppose I should, like my sister suggested, look on the bright side. I should be grateful that I have a job and a paycheck with which to help support our family, and I should be proud that Lily will one day appreciate the fact that both her parents worked and earned graduate degrees simultaneously. But it's hard. And I miss my little girl. And it's only day one. But I am grateful for this job and I am grateful that we found a clean, affordable, bi-lingual home day care. So I guess it's not so bad. And afterall, I have this face to go home to this afternoon.

Pretty great, huh?

On another note, the Mac people, geniuses that they are, have repaired my computer. I just need to pick it up. I'll be posting much more regularly again very soon. Thanks for reading, and for your patience!

Mac Down

Monday, August 8, 2011

Unfortunately, my trusty MacBook took a spill last week and I've been unable to update since then (I'm typing this from my office computer; made a quick visit here to get some work materials). I've got a trip to the Apple store scheduled this afternoon and hope to be back online soon! We've got a trip to El Paso this week and we should have lots of great pics to share.

In the meantime... a little post-bath adorableness to tide you over...

Weekly Gratitude: Edition 5

Thursday, August 4, 2011

This week, I am grateful for...

  • Quiet time with my daughter. Sometimes, after I nurse her, I'll rest Lily on my chest so that we're belly to belly. She usually falls asleep when I do this and it's just the most precious, peaceful time. I might read a bit or get some work done on my laptop, but mostly I just lie back and take it in--the light, warm weight of her body, her delicate sighs, the sweet scent of her head. It's all so yummy.
  • Carl getting hired! In the midst of having a new baby, law school classes, having Ryland with us for the summer, training for a triathlon and all the other duties that come with running a household, Carl amazed me even more and got a job as a clerk at a law firm. 
  • Ice pops. In every flavor. It's been over one hundred degrees all week here in San Antonio and I am breast-feeding on top of that. Ice pops have never been more satisfying.
  • The local public library. We've spent a few afternoons recently at Landa library, a public library that is literally a five minute walk from us. It's situated in a renovated older mansion and besides being a gorgeous space, it really offers something for everyone in our family. Books, movies, computers, even a playground. And it's all free!

Taking the Plunge

Today marks Lily's sixth week of life and our first real attempt at (dun dun dun!)... cloth diapering!

After researching a variety of cloth diapering options and reading up on the advantages (comfort and cost were the biggest selling points), we've decided to give it a go. We found a great deal on a dozen one-size fits all FuzziBunz and inserts on Craigslist, purchased a Bum Genius sprayer that attaches to our toilet and some Rockin' Green cloth diaper soap.


Our Lily bean looking cozy in her FuzziBunz.
(ps. check out her yummy little arm rolls!)

So, have any of you tried cloth diapering? I'd love to hear your tips and stories!

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