Post # 1
I’ve been completely MIA lately! It’s insane that after all the charting and over 41 weeks of pregnancy that we have our little angel. It’s also exhausting, and it involves a great deal more spit up than I had originally anticipated :/
I am back at work already, but I am doing much better having a routine of sorts. I also think I appreciate being around the munchkin more since I have a break from fussing and pooping during the day. She’s amazing and gorgeous and oh so snuggly!
Here are a few pics from Ellie’s newborn shoot- she was too fussy to really get all the poses we wanted, but we still got some pretty great pics.
Without further ado:
I know it’s mean, but I laugh so hard at her sad face- I just can’t help it! She looks so pitiful!
^^Milk drunk! Hahahah!
I hope the hive is doing well- I miss you guys! I am hoping to be a bit more regular on here while I’m on my pumping breaks at work. So, catch me up on any new events! Any major happenings around here over the past few weeks?
Post # 3
@DaneLady: What beautiful pictures!!! That one of her making a sad face is so cute! lol. You are looking gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing =)
Post # 4
Oh my goodness she is so sweet!
Post # 5
Well she is beautiful! Congrats to you and your DH on such a beautiful and healthy addition to the family.
Now that you are back to work with such a small one at home care to share thoughts and feelings on the matter? In order to have a baby sooner we decided that I would work after having the baby and I’m always looking for input from working mommies. 🙂
Post # 6
She is SO cute and you look so pretty!
Post # 9
She is precious! And you look great!
Post # 10
I LOVE HER!!! She is so perfect!!! Congrats mama!
Post # 11
@Brideonabudgetlauren: @Birdee106: Thank you thank you! I feel like a cow (literally- I produce as much milk anyway haha) so it’s nice to hear that I’m not looking nearly as badly as I feel.
@Treejewel19: Ummm… working with a newborn… yeah, it’s tough. Some people are innately capable of staying home with their babies. I am not one of those people. I love Ellie, I cherish the time we spend together, but I evidently have a pretty low threshold for body fluid spills. I work in a lab, so everything I do involves gloves, a lab coat, and a very specific protocol. Babies do not have standard operating procedures or lab manuals! Hahaha 😛
My MIL comes over to our house to watch her while we are at work (and DH works odd hours so we only need 27 hours a week of childcare at the moment). She’s not quite 6 weeks old so she’s too young to get her first immunizations, therefore too young for daycare. We did interview and line up an in-home childcare provider for later this summer- she’ll be 2 months and a bit more regular with her eating and sleeping routines. I also only work about 3 miles from home, so I can pop in for lunch and check on things, and if there’s an emergency I can be home in a snap. That helped ease any anxiety I had about returning to work so soon.
I would probably suggest taking longer than 6 weeks off if you are able, mostly to establish a pumping routine (if you plan to breastfeed or continue with breastmilk) and to make sure baby does well with a bottle. I originally planned to bottle feed breastmilk during the day and nurse at night, but that wasn’t working out as well as I’d hoped so now I exsclusively pump. It’s a lot of work, and it takes a bit of time away from my productive time while working (not going to lie- I probably spend about as much time pumping at work as I used to spend chatting on the Bee before I went on maternity leave!)
I have a wonderful support system and family nearby, so for me working with a newborn wasn’t the impossible obstacle it can be for a lot of new moms. I’m very lucky we were able to work things out this way!
Post # 12
She is so beautiful! Congrats, I love the sad face too, it’s adorable!
Post # 13
She’s gorgeous and you look wonderful! Congratulations, again!
Post # 14
So beautiful! Congrats!!
interesting to hear your take on returning to work. We get 1 year mostly paid mat leave so ill be doing that, but definitely wonder if I’m the “meant to be at Home with an infant” type either… My mom laughed at me when I legitimately asked if it was a good idea to have some disposable gloves on the change table. I wouldn’t touch clients bodily fluids with bare hands!!
Post # 15
@SapphireSun: Hahaha! I did bring home gloves and chucks pads! Really though, when I left on maternity leave I kept an open mind about how I might feel after she was born. Some people know, have always known, that they were just meant to be parents and have always wanted to stay home and raise their child(ren). I never even had the ‘baby fever’ thing. I wasn’t sure up until a year or so ago that I even wanted to try to have a baby. I do think the key is having a good support system, reliable friends/family/caregivers you can lean on or ask for help. I’m so lucky that Ellie will get to know her grandma and I think they’ll be very close as she grows up. I had that with my grandma, and I’m so thankful that she’ll have that opportunity as well.
Post # 16
What a beautiful little girl, she has the cutest fussy face!