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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A whole lot of RANDOMNESS!

{I apologize in advance for the randomness of this post...}

Well, so far daycare is going just fine.  Dafney seems to enjoy her time there and is even doing pretty good with the bottle.  She isn't quite sucking on the bottle, but she chomps on it and eats that way...whatever works!  

Her mama on the other hand is still having a hard time dropping her off each morning.  It's tough.  I think part of the reason why I struggle so much with this is because she's completely exhausted when we get home, so we only have a couple hours to spend together each night.  That's pretty drastic since I used to spend the whole day with her.  It's something we are all adjusting to.  

I'm back at work (sense the enthusiasm...NOT).  I think part of the reason I was sad that my maternity leave was over was because I knew I was heading back to a job I'm not happy at.  I have a couple good friends that certainly make this place tolerable, but I feel like I'm in a dead end job.  I feel like I'm as far as I can get here and I don't like that.  I want to better myself, but it feels completely impossible.  

The one thing that keeps me here is the benefits.  They are beyond amazing.  In an ideal world, I would love to work 3 - 10 hour days (because if you work 30 hours you still get your benefits).  That way I would still be getting out of the house and having some adult interaction, I'd be making money and {most importantly} I'd get to spend time with my sweet baby girl!

I don't know what happened....Dafney started sleeping through the night around 7 weeks.  It was amazing...she would sleep for 8-10 hours at a time, which meant that I was sleeping 8-10 hours a night.  It was awesome.  

But, she's starting to move a ton in her sleep.  I'm not sure if it's because she's getting to that "mobile" stage, or if it's because we're not swaddling her anymore.  Regardless, she moves a ton at night (the other night when I went to get her, she was facing the other direction in her crib) and it wakes her up which of course, wakes me up.  I'm going to try swaddling her with a thin blanket tonight (we used to use the sleep sack swaddle outfits, but I haven't been able to find a bigger size {I know they make them, they just never seem to be in stock}) to see if that helps her sleep better.  

She's waking up twice a night which makes for a very tired mama.  It wouldn't be such a big deal if I weren't working, but since I actually have to be somewhat alert and awake throughout the day, it's sort of a problem.  But, I've been trying to put a positive spin on these nighttime rendezvouses we've been having - even though I'd like to get  a full night's sleep, I enjoy getting to spend a little time with Dafney...even if I'm only half awake

Can you believe it's EASTER in a week and a half?!  Where does the time go?  Now that we have a little one, Easter has a whole new meaning!  We went shopping for an Easter basket and all sorts of {baby friendly} goodies to fill it with.  

We're even going to be those parents and have Dafney color some Easter eggs - which really means that we'll take Dafney's hands and color the eggs all while snapping a ton few photos!  

Speaking of creepy Easter bunnies, oh wait, we weren't, well we should...we brought the babe to see the Easter bunny and boy is it CREEPY!  We thought this would be the time to bring her to see it since next year she'll probably cry and scream when we attempt to set her on it's lap...and rightfully so, the bunny's gotten scary looking over the years.  Check it out: {note, if the bunny's ears can't fit into the picture, then it's TOO BIG}

Now that Dafney is going to daycare during the week, I realize how precious our time together is, especially on the weekends!  I'm sure this will eventually change, but I want to spend every second with her.  

It got me thinking about weekends and how differently I look at them now than I used to.  

When I was in my 20's, a weekend meant hanging out with friends, hitting up the bar scene, catching up on sleep; basically doing anything you wanted.  Then, once I got married, I could still do pretty much anything I wanted, but that "I", became a "we".  Still, the weekends were for us to catch up with friends, hang out and relax.  Then during that first trimester of pregnancy, weekends were for nothing more than catching up on sleep!  Seriously, I couldn't get enough.  Thankfully, that stage only lasted 14 or so weeks.  

And, then weekends meant all things BABY!  I think BABY was the ONLY thing on my mind.  Everything from registering, preparing, shopping, reading about and thinking about baby.  While I was on maternity leave, weekends meant that I'd have my Husband around to help out...it meant a break, even if only for an hour or so.  But, now that I'm back at work, weekends bring on a whole new meaning!  It's timeTime I have to watch my daughter smile.  Time to have "conversations" with her.  Time to play and read books.  Time to hold her in my arms.  Time to simply spend with my sweet little baby!  I didn't realize how precious time was until now.  

Yes, the laundry may not get done, or the dishes sit for a while, or the vacuuming and dusting are put off for another time, but it doesn't even matter.  I've learned how important time is.  I'm so thankful for my weekends and the TIME I get to spend with Dafney...it really is precious!

I can NOT believe our baby girl is 15 WEEKS old TODAY!  Seriously, where does the time go?!  She is at such a fun age right now.  I swear, she changes constantly and is doing something new daily.  

She's learning how to really use her voice.  We have the greatest "conversations"!  She's also starting to grab things and tries to put everything in her mouth.  She's also recently discovered her thumbs and tries to stick her whole hand in her mouth.  And, she's starting to giggle.  It is the BEST sound in the world.  It melts my heart every time!    

She's getting so close to rolling over...so much are the days when we could leave her on the couch or changing table for a quick second.  I have a feeling she's going to move non-stop pretty soon.  It's so much fun to watch her grow and learn new things.  She completely amazes me! 

Not the best picture, but I still think she's CUTE!

Proud Mama
I will end this post showing off some recent pictures of Dafney!  Yep, I'm that Mom!!  

Newest Twins Fan

 All SMILES =)


Hanging outside!

Conversing with Mommy!

 Little Gopher fan!!

Happy Tuesday!

1 comment:

  1. I love this post (super helpful) and Dafney is so stinken cute. I love all the pictures! Thank you! Hope you get some sleep soon.