Thursday, September 8, 2011

Working Woman: from dawn to dusk

It has been exactly 5 months since my last post.  I was too deliriously happy this summer spending time with my baby to sit and focus long enough for coherent thought. 

Since April 8th...
  • I went back to work to finish out the last six weeks of the school year.  We relied heavily on friends and family to pull us through to summer.  Thanks mom, dad, Jill, Cait, Ann, Tony, Casey, Jason, Aunt Vicki, Oma and Opa.  It was so wonderful to leave our baby in such capable hand while we stumbled into summer.  We love you!
  • We vacationed some... The Frio, Port Aransas, Alabama, and Port Aransas again.  Our baby is a great traveler!
  • We soaked up as much time with our Hendersons and Toys, thinking they would both be moving come this Fall... we were pleasantly surprised to not have to part with everyone.  But we miss our Hendersons something fierce!  Don't enjoy the mountains too much, we need you here in Texas!
  • We did a whole lot of NOTHING!  And it was wonderful.
  • I also rediscovered my sewing machine and rekindled my passion for sewing.  It's been great ;)
Then the new school year began...
  • Julia went to day care... wonderful place, she's wonderfully happy, but it's an adjustment.
  • We've been pulled back into routine... welcome exhaustion and an overwhelming feeling of "How am I gonna get everything done?"
  • Our days our sooooo full.  I documented an evening to share, mostly with my young married friends who are thinking about babies...
A day in the life...

5:00 Alarm clock goes off and snooze hit a couple times, think to myself that I really cannot be starting the snooze habit the third week into school.  Hear the baby stir, know this is my last chance for a quick shower before life begins.

5:30 Out of the shower rushing to get ready before the stirring becomes crying.  Tell Evan to stop hitting snooze, it's time to start the day.

6:00 Wake a beautiful baby with a big gummy grin.  Wish Evan woke me up with a sing song voice and a back rub (note to self, ask Evan to wake me up this way and not with a grunt about my alarm going off).  Feed baby.

6:30 Make sure she has spit up at least three times before we get her dressed.  Dress baby.  Wipe fourth spit up off of baby.  Cover it up with a bib, we don't have time to change.  Get bags and car packed up.

6:40 Off to day care.  Roula and Ryan for the adults and a nap for the baby.

7:00 Drop off baby, chat with Ms. Ann, kiss kiss kiss, I love you, good bye!

7:40-5:15 Children arrive at my door and chaos ensues... just kidding ;)  Breakfast, Journal, PE (Pump), Calender, Phonics, Big Book, Songs, Sentence Structure, Five Senses, Cut and Paste, Snack, Stations, Recess, Lunch (Pump), Stations, Math, Folders, Songs, Goodbyes, Pick up extended day, Snack, Play Doh, Movie (Pump), Goodbyes.

5:45 Bring in bags and baby.  Evan begins dinner and I feed the baby.  Unpack from day care, pack up for the next day.

6:30 We eat and Julia plays.  Huge blowout... we get to drop our food to go remove our baby's diaper over a sink... lovely.  It's funny that neither one of us though anything about just getting right back to eating after it was dealt with ;)

6:45 Bath time!

7:00 Pajamas and Book!

7:15 Nurse

7:45 Good Night Sweet Pea :)

8:00-9:00 Get ready for tomorrow, blog for the first time in 5 months.

9:30 Go to bed!

I love working, but this is WORK!  We used to have friends over on the weeknights... not anymore ;(  Our weekends are getting crammed with all of the things we used to be able to accomplish throughout the week.  I'm not complaining... really, I wanted this, but whew!  Shout out to all you mamas out there with a house full of kiddos and a career!  I am just so grateful  for a husband who truly does more than his fair share and for family close by (shout out to Aunt Jill and Uncle Scott for the pediatrician run this week) and for friends who are soooooo understanding. 

We came sprinting out of summer and I miss our leisurely mornings and long afternoons.  Back to breakfast into classroom and ABCs.  Back to puffy eyes and pants with pee.

I'm going to be posting soon about my precious class.  I've got some pretty fun kiddos this year and they are going to be full of stories, I can already feel it!

Friday, April 8, 2011

One Month

My favorite One Month picture.

It is really hard for me to believe that we already have a one month old!  So much as changed in just a month.
  • I regularly get up and hang out with a newborn an hour at a time in the middle of the night.
  • Getting in and out of the car takes planning.
  • Going anywhere takes forethought... What time do we need to be there?  Is there a place to feed her if I need to?  Do I need to bring a pumped bottle?  Will there be a place to change her?  Etc.
  • And a million more things I can't think of right now.  My brain cells have changes too.
We have also learned a lot about our little Julia.

  • Food
  • Sleep
  • Smiling
  • Big bows (she really loves them) ;)
  • Her wubbanub (a particular kind of pacifier)
  • This pink unicorn toy I set in front of her the other day
  • Her mobile
  • Cuddling
  • Riding in the car
  • Gas
  • Pooping
  • Waiting for food
  • Getting sleepy
  • Spitting up
  • Not wearing a bow with an outfit ;)
So you can see... life is pretty exciting here in the St Germain household!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sisters, Sisters

Evan and I were a little concerned about how our big baby, Rue would take to the new little baby.  I am happy to report that they are getting along just fine.  It has been an adjustment for the Rue-meister.  We are not at her complete disposal anymore.  We were never concerned about her being aggressive with the baby.  The Ruedles is not the most graceful dog.  We've had to take away a few of the longer toys she likes to swing around because they are a hazard.  She's just really not that interested in Julia.  Here are a few of the sweet pictures we've taken over the last week of the girls bonding...

So sweet ;)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Our New Reality

Okay... so being home with a newborn isn't quite as boring as being home big and pregnant for weeks.  I'm actually more productive here with a baby than here without one.  Who wants to do laundry and dishes and house cleaning when they are nine months pregnant and carrying around all that extra weight?  Now I've only got got naptime to do all the things that need to be done.  It's kind of like waiting til the last minute to do science fair.  Laundry must get folded and put away and I've got t-minus 45 minutes before she eats again... go!  Here is a picture of a recent naptime.

Anyways, Julia's arrival has changed our our lives but it's hard to imagine life without her now.  For those who are interested I'm going to do a cliffs notes version of how she got here... you see when a husband and a wife decide they want to start a family... just kidding ;)

On Wednesday March 9th I awoke to consistent contractions starting at about 4:00 am.  Real fun, let me tall ya.  They weren't unbearable, but as the morning progressed they were getting stronger and closer together.  When Evan left for work he knew to have his phone ready.  After phone calls to Dolly and Mimi and Sarah and Dr. Thompson and walking the neighborhood again and again the contractions were close enough to go into labor and delivery testing... to make sure I was actually in labor.  We were in a tiny room in L&D from 2:00pm to 8:00pm waiting to see if I was actually going to progress.  Finally after my doctor left town, of course, I had progressed and was admitted.  Another doctor in the practice took over and monitored my labor and delivered Julia, all was well.  Once we were admitted, the real excitement began...
  •  8:30 They broke my water.  Contractions began... fo real... wow... really.  Moms and Dads arrived with gifts for Julia, dinner for Evan(thanks Mom and Dad), and birthing comforts for me (thanks Ann and Tony and Sarah). Much contracting, much pain, discovered that Ann was one of my nurse's professors at TWU... small world!
  • 10:30 Check-up... had minimal progression.  Lovely.  Still going strong without drugs but getting pretty tired.  Pain getting really bad... puked while my father in law is in the room... cute.
  • 1:15 Check-up... progressed to 5 cm.  Oh no... bring on the epidural.  All of that for 5 cm?  Uh uh.  
  • 1:30 Best thing that's ever happened to me... the EPIDURAL!  Also, got put on the lowest dosage of Pitocin.  Quality of life increases dramatically.  We all get a little rest.
  • 2:30 Julia's heart rate begins to drop a little.  I got taken off the Pitocin and put on oxygen.
  • 3:30 Check-up... 10 cm!!!  No way!  Evan, mom, get ready!  It's go time.
  • 3:45 Pushing begins.
  • 4:30 Baby Julia graces this world.  I delivered an 8 lb. 4 oz. baby.  Pretty awesome miracle.
 Here are my favorite pictures from the morning that changed our lives.

It is just amazing to me how much she has changed in the last few weeks.  I'll be posting more now that we've settled into our new reality.  Having Julia here is really a dream.  We thank God everyday for our wonderful new addition.

    Saturday, March 5, 2011

    Drama Queen or Super Stubborn?

    Okay... clearly I can carry a baby full term.  There was much debate on this issue a few weeks ago, but here we are and I'm 2 days shy of 40 weeks and Julia is quite content where she is.  With a petite 5'1" frame, there was some concern that my body just couldn't handle carrying a baby this long... wrong (Mom I'm looking at you).  This was compounded by the fact that my doctor and nurse practitioner but just "hoped to get to week 37."

    Guess what?  I'm almost 40 weeks!  My belly is so swollen, I'm not sleeping and I'm not real pleasant right now.

    I'm trying to decide if this child is going to be a drama queen, super stubborn, or some horrible combination of the two...  I mean she comes by them honestly.  Evan is probably the most stubborn person I know... only to be outdone by my sister, Jill (Jill, you know it's true).  And I'll own it, I've got a little drama in my soul.  Shocking, I know.  My favorite examples of Florence Family Drama can be shown with...

    Exhibit A

    Exhibit B

    Exhibit C

    Caitlin, I love you.  Julia, you are in good company ;)  We are all anxiously awaiting your arrival... please don't drag this out for the effect honey.  All eyes are going to be on you, okay?  Do you hear me?  It's time now ;)

    Thursday, February 24, 2011

    And I was like baby, baby, baby ohhh

    Okay Julia, what else can I do?

    I have...
    • Vacuumed the whole house
    • Swept, swiffered, and mopped the kitchen and entry way
    • Cleaned up all kitchen surfaces
    • Walked with the puppy this morning
    • Walked without the puppy this afternoon
    • Dusted all dustable surfaces
    The good news is, the house is clean... I may be doing this again tomorrow...

    Last night, Evan decided that he might need practice diapering before he actually does a real baby bottom.  Besides diapering the chocolate syrup backwards and with much maneuvering of the syrup he did pretty awesome. 

    Me: Um honey, the picture side is the front and I'm pretty sure you can't just whip a newborn around like that.
    Evan: Everyone's a critic.

    I think Julia will survive our parenting ;)

    Here are some pics.
     What a cute little diapered chocolate syrup!

     Look Mommy, we're all nice and clean!

    Baby chocolate syrup... what did you do to your clean diaper?!

    Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    Really honey? Thanks.

    Last night, as I was dramatically trying to get in a comfortable sleeping position (which is impossible by the way) Evan says, "You know what I think?"
    Me: What?
    Evan: Now, none of the books we've read or people we've talked with will agree with this...
    Me: What?
    Evan: I really think you will be pregnant forever.
    Me: (sighing) I know, me too.