Monday, December 20, 2010
So I've been a little bit M.I.A. around these parts. Things are busy, and the truth is that aside from sharing pics of Nora, I don't feel like I have much to blog about these days. We are doing the normal Christmas season stuff--family gatherings, shopping, baking. The holidays are busy anyway, but add a baby into the mix and they seem even busier.
The last time I really updated you on how we're doing, we were in my first week back at work, which was rough on many levels. But during our second full week, I dare say we hit a groove.
On a normal day, Nora takes a morning nap and an afternoon nap. The sitter says that these last around 1.5 hours each. In an ideal world, these naps would be a bit longer, but there's not much I can do about it. Our only "problem" with this situation is that by the time we pick her up, Nora is ready for a third nap. She almost always falls asleep on the car ride home, and then we let her nap for 30-45 minutes to "hold her over" until bed. I'll wake her up by about 6:15, then she'll hang out with us while we eat dinner, we'll play, then we do bath (if it's a bath night) and bedtime. She's usually in bed around 7:30 p.m.
I will admit, however, that this routine has its pros as well. Her little naptime allows us to unpack everything from the day, like dirty bottles, dirty diapers, pump parts, lunch dishes, etc. We can change our clothes and get comfortable for the evening. One of us starts dinner while the other washes bottles and pump parts, and straightens up a bit. Since we plan easy meals during the week these days, dinner is usually done by the time we wake Nora, at which point we all sit down together to eat and relax. Most of the time, the little nap refreshes Nora enough so that she's in a great mood, so although shorter than we might like, the time we have with her is fun and happy.
See? The groove: we've got it.
A happy baby equals a happy mama. And that's really all there is to it.