What I Did With My Maternity Leave
Just like that, my new baby is 11 weeks old and I am back to work. What?!? Where does the time go?
So instead of ‘what I did on summer vacation’, here’s my essay on my 11-week break from working.
First, I attempted to grow the largest baby on the earth. Although I didn’t exactly achieve Guinness Book-level baby, I came close enough. We have a seriously large child over here. I mean, they all grow up too fast but one Sir Davis has grown VERY quickly. It hurts a mama’s heart a bit to be constantly putting whole groups of onesies back into storage. We have blown tall the way to the 9-month stuff. 9-month old baby clothes! Sniff. 17 lbs. Also, #backache.
Second, we have also pretty successfully grown the largest tomato plants on earth. They are threatening to take over the entire garden. Well, the cherry tomato is trying to take over all the other tomatoes at least. I can’t really claim this as a maternity leave activity because we have done exactly nothing to make them so huge. I do sneak out there when I can to tend things when I can. Up next: canning tomatoes? What are we gonna do with all these?
Third, we have all taken luxuriously long naps, day in and day out. Yes that is a LIE. Ransom’s daily nap has gone from a solid 2.5 hours to more like 45 minutes some days. I can’t complain, many kids his age don’t nap at all. Meanwhile Davis has become the champion of cat-napping. No, its not good for his little 11-week-old brain development, but I mean honestly, what am I gonna do. There’s no arguing with babies sometimes. They wake up when they feel like it.
Fourth, we have played with the LEGOs. Pirate ships, tree forts, castles, race tracks, all manner of wheeled vehicles. Ransom is a die-hard Lego lover, and he has entirely too many of them even at the tender age of 3.5. (They are hand-me-downs. #daddyisapackrat.) While playing Legos with Ransom, I have been cogitating on the most efficient Lego organizational system. I’m still tweaking it, but once we get done, I promise to share with the internet. When I do, a light will shine down from the heavens (with a chorus of angel voices) I’m sure because this has got to be one of the most enduring problems of the modern era. I mean, what do you do with ALL THESE TINY PIECES? His room is a serious construction zone/disaster area ALL THE TIME. Really though, what’s clutter in the grand scheme of things. Although stepped-on legos do hurt a lot.
Fifth, I dabbled in Paleo cooking & eating again. I wanted to try to recapture that “energized” feeling I felt during that Whole30 (okay whole25) I did last year. This year we made it just under two weeks (Whole11?), and then we had some travel plans and it wasn’t worth sticking to the diet while staying with family. Plus I really wanted to eat some gluten. ha. But, now that the garden veggies are coming in, I am determined to up the health-factor in my cooking. So get ready for some OKRA recipes because we are going to have a lot of that to eat.
That’s most of it! There was also: replacing the cabinet pulls in the kitchen, two weeks of swimming lessons, a stomach virus, a couple of trips to Columbus, a couple of power outages, a partridge, and two pear trees. Oh, wait, make that a couple of paw paw trees. yes, seriously. More on that later. Now we are three days into the next ‘new normal’, and struggling to adjust to another new routine. I’m now working half-days for the rest of the summer, and looking forward to it, but also missing our totally carefree do-whatever-slash-survival days.