Today I went to a workshop for work, and at the beginning we received an agenda that gave a run down of the day - the morning sessions lasted until noon with one break, and then after an hour for lunch, the afternoon's sessions would last til 5:00. By the last morning session, I found it really hard to focus. I was sleepy, hungry, distracted by the woman Facebooking in front of me, and tuning out all the really dry material. I began counting down the minutes until lunch. And boy, did those … [Read more...] about Let’s Get One Thing Straight
I am exhausted. Despite baby sleeping longer and longer at night, I am about to face plant into my keyboard. Baby is super alert during the day, which is not necessarily new or tiring in and of itself, but she also requires something NEW. Every. 10. Minutes. That toy? I've played with it before. That cute baby in the mirror? What, like I've never seen my reflection before? That book? I've CHEWED IT ALREADY. WHAT ELSE YOU GOT? One of the few activities that distracts her from the same old, … [Read more...] about Walk. Repeat.
This morning, baby woke up to feed at 2 a.m. and, as is her usual pattern these days, just needed a little top-off to get her back to sleep, so she was back out within 10 minutes. Me, on the other hand, could not get back to sleep. At all. So when it came time to get up, I stumbled into the kitchen to get the coffee that I so desperately would require to make it through a workday. I poured a gigantic mug full and drank it, and packed another mug for the road. Drank most of it en … [Read more...] about Yes, Virginia, There is Such a Thing as ‘Too Much Coffee’
It's funny how the universe gives you exactly what you need. The night before last, I woke at 2 with baby, and couldn't get back to sleep. At all. Which meant I had been up for 16 hours straight by 6 p.m. last night. After we picked baby up from daycare, we went home and she was fussy, so we put her down, and here's what unfolded: 6:30 - asleep. Totally, utterly unconscious. 40 minutes later- Me: "I guess she didn't get a long enough nap this afternoon." My Better Half: "mmm." 30 … [Read more...] about Winter Hibernation?
Today, my girl had her 6-month checkup, and now that she's 6 months, of course the favorite question for everyone to ask is, "Is she sleeping through the night yet?" The yet part is, by far, the most annoying part of that inquiry. And when I say no, it's always followed by unsolicited advice that frequently leads to a discussion of her "schedule." As in, "what's her nap schedule?" This question used to make me feel like an inexperienced and unqualified parent. It initially made me rack my … [Read more...] about Babies are not just tiny adults
The lengths I go to to protect my most valuable property at work: … [Read more...] about Theft Prevention
Today everyone in my department was asked to submit their official working hours. Until now, I've been blessed with a work environment where nobody really cares when you come and go, as long as you do your eight hours. We're all adults, here, after all. For instance, I started working here when I was six months pregnant, and my back was killing me by mid-afternoon every day. So I came in around 7 so that I could leave by 3:30 to go home and lie down before my backache really kicked in. Now I'm … [Read more...] about Whenever is Convenient For You
It’s such a cliche, but morning sickness is around-the-clock for me. After I wake, I lie there motionless, hoping that if I just don't move, maybe my stomach won't sound the alarm yet. I try to eat something to calm my stomach before I have to leave for work, but nothing seems to help. Once I get to work, it takes half my energy to not throw up and the other half to try and act like everything’s normal, to get through my day without seeming too distracted by the morning sickness, the being … [Read more...] about Sickness, Yes. Mornings? No.
For a couple of years now, I've thought that something was a little wrong with me. Besides the obvious mental defects, I mean. I'd slowly gone from being an active energetic woman managing a full life of work, school, friends, relationships, hiking, dogs, happy hours, and just all-around awesomeness to feeling tired all the time, not being able to focus and concentrate, and just wanting to pull the covers and sleep the day away. Every time I brought it up with my doctor, she brushed it all off … [Read more...] about So I’m Not (just) Crazy?!
Today we're having a party at our place. In a previous life, that would have been a good thing. But the adult me dreads the party. Now the word party invokes exhaustion. Between the planning, cooking, and pre- and post-party house cleanings, I could care less about whether these people have a good time. What I care about is that they all leave so I can go to sleep. Tomorrow I’d like to get up at the normal time and resume my life in the morning without the aid of Advil. I still love throwing … [Read more...] about Par-tay!