I haven’t blogged since mid-September. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
I’m home in month 3 of a maternity leave with my second baby and simply haven’t been able to get to a computer for a solid period of time. As anyone who has been on a parental leave with a newborn knows, it is a wondrous, happy time – but it is no vacation.
My eldest is 2 and was apparently an easy baby (something I didn’t appreciate at the time!). Then along came #2… I feel very fortunate to have two healthy, happy kids and am trying to appreciate every moment of this special time. My 3 month old, however, spent his first 2 months very grumpy about entering this world, and complained about it 24 hours a day, feeding relentlessly in protest. He’s finally become human and things are sorting itself out. But it was one heck of a long, sleepless haul to get here.
For any employers out there who have an employee at home on a maternity leave, I can tell you that they are busy. I don’t know what we’re busy doing, and I always have a hard time remembering what I all did when my spouse asks at the end of the day, but what I do remember is not having 5 minutes to myself to think.
I look forward to getting back into the office to read documents that don’t rhyme and that contain more than 1 syllable words, to problem solve more than whether to watch Yo Gabba Gabba or Cailiou on TV, to eat hot food and to put my years of training back into practice. I know, however, that I’ll be there before I know it and will miss these quiet moments with my baby sleeping on my lap in the middle of the day, "trapping" me in the recliner and forcing me to taking life a little slower.
If only we could clone ourselves and somehow have both worlds.