This week I got to experience the phenomena of daycare crud. Lots of friends warned me if I stuck Jasper in daycare, expect to get sick. I went to bed Tuesday completely fine, and when Jasper woke at 1am, I thought WTF?!?! My throat was on fire, my ears ached, I had a fever, every joint hurt and I had chills. I went to work the next day feeling way sub-par, and bummed the 3 day weekend might be spent sick. It was a crappy day, running fever all day. I got home took tylenol, got in bed at 7pm with Jasper, who was pretty mellow, and the next day I felt a lot better. Even better yesterday, and today I feel almost 100%. Truly a 24 hour bug. Jasper seems fine, so I am guessing I am just more prone to getting sick now since he takes every nutrient out of me (you don’t get to be 15 pounds at less than 4 months by eating light meals). Anyhow, a HUGE relief to not be sick this weekend, and I also know there is more to come. Every kid there has a snotty nose.
The Owl and I had a nice weekend with my sister in law, Jodi and niece/ Owl’s cousin, McKenna. Mike had a boys’ weekend with a Ranger’s game and disc golf, so we accompanied him to Manfield, and got to shop, eat good pizza and gelato, run, and see McKenna’s swim meet although it was a little steamy…
I am off today. We are going to Mansfield this afternoon, and the thought of trying to work all morning, then rush home and pack us all up was too much. The old Clea would have worked until the second we left town. The new me says I save up my days off for a reason, so I am going to make the whole process easier on myself. Plus, Jasper has been in daycare 3 weeks now, and I figure having a morning together is a good idea. We will get to go to baby yoga before we leave town. Right now he is in his Exersaucer playing and watching the Nightmare Before Christmas. I am so glad I made him a Tim Burton fan.
A few quick thoughts I’ve been wanting to put on here for awhile:
Yesterday was one of those days that being a full time mom and having an away from home job, and being the only food source for Jasper seemed sooo difficult. Overall, I think it is a small miracle we both make it to work on Thursdays by 630 am. I know there will be occasional hectic days, so I am not sweating it too much. I just try to think back to when he was first born and it took me until noon to go for a little walk, take a 2 minute shower and have a cup of coffee.
Here are some pictures Jasper will hate me for someday. But I had to at least do one bath photo session. Lately I’ve been told Jasper is huge, so you be the judge. There’s not much to write about, because life is pretty routine. It is nice to have a schedule after a couple months of not. I run, we go to daycare, I work, I visit at lunch, I work, we go home, eat, chores, maybe a little tv/ reading and repeat process. I’ve kept weekends pretty plan-free for awhile. I ran one of Austin’s more popular routes again, the Scenic dr 12 miler. It felt fantastic, and I sure appreciate my chances to meet up with friends. Since I don’t have as much time to run, I really try and make my runs quality, and I try and push the pace on the long ones (there was a time I didn’t consider 12 long). I also got to go to my favorite yoga teacher Saturday, for the first time since Jasper was born. Now that was a treat.
I am sitting here next to Jasper while he is sleeping in my bed. I confess I’ve been letting him sleep here since I started work to make my life better. I just couldn’t take working all day in an office with no windows and no sunlight, staring at a computer all on a couple hours of sleep. It was the perfect storm to fall asleep on the job. I guess I’ll worry about getting him out of the bed later. It does kinda make sense if you are breastfeeding since he still gets up to eat a couple times a night, but now he quickly goes back to sleep and he falls asleep much earlier. Babies don’t need to go to bed at 1100! Plus, I can watch a movie or something while he is drifting off. I used to rock him and attempt endless failed transfers into the bassinet, and before I knew it the whole evening was shot. Lately I’ve been getting an hour or 2 of freedom after he is asleep. Last night I saw about half of an awesome documentary on PBS about the history of whaling in America. Sounds geeky, but it was fascinating. Tonight I watched Lost, which I compare to being in a bad relationship that one just doesn’t have the will to get out of. If this keeps up with Jasper falling asleep before 10pm, I might be able to read again (a book, not just a magazine or a website).
Well, I now know all about the hardest job in the world. You never get a day off, you don’t get paid, and you don’t always get a thank you. But somehow it’s still all worth it. I rather sheepishly admit that until I became I mother I didn’t fully understand what goes into it, and it makes me appreciate all mothers including my own a lot more.
As recently as 6 weeks ago, I said there was no way I could run, get ready for work, get Jasper ready and get him off to daycare. It seemed impossible. Well, we’ve done it so far all week, and we both survived.
While I was pregnant I would often think how much I was looking forward to doing a race and having Mike and Jasper at the finish cheering me in. Well, that little fantasy will have to wait until fall. The weekend’s half marathon didn’t happen for me. There were plenty of hints all week not to race: I had bronchitis, Jasper was on a sleeping protest, it was my first week back at work and a little hectic, I took a hard fall on a run one morning and was sore all week, and finally Mike and Jasper both had a little cold, making them both congested.
Well I survived week 1 of work, baby, and life. Work wasn’t so bad. After about 3/4 of the first day, I felt like I had never left. It was very strange at first, but everything returned very quickly. By the 2nd day it felt totally normal. Getting out of the house in the morning wasn’t that bad either. I ran everyday, and just started going in to work about 45 minutes later (means I have to stay later, but oh well), but it made getting out after a run, shower, and Mike showering pretty doable.