3 weeks in... and I barely have time for anything- but I'm making it "work."
Going back to work has been one of the hardest things I've ever done. (Except teaching high school students math, that was REALLY hard- shout out to any of you reading this!).
Going back has been a challenge for many reasons:
Thankfully, my wonderful husband took his wonderful paternity leave and has been getting his fair share of bonding time. And, I feel okay leaving her, because I'm leaving her with her wonderful loving daddy- nothing to worry about, just missing them both!
The first few weeks bottle feeding was a challenge, but now that feels behind us and they are in the flow (literally and figuratively- building their relationship and having a blast. Of course, daddy is happy- but he's also tired. He actually said this was harder than work ever was (tell me about it, babe!). Raising our little girl is SO tiring, but SO amazing.
Today I am FINALLY able to write because I took an extended weekend. It's been wonderful and necessary. I only wish I had 3 or 4 day weekends every week!
This weekend we traveled down to LA to visit all of Kevin's extended family and we had a blast- but it was such a whirlwind. We stayed in our favorite AirBnB (see this amazing victorian home in Echo Park- my old hood!), visited with great friends on Friday night, and visited with the family on Saturday. It was a wonderful but short trip, I'm so happy Analise was able to see her familia in Los Angeles... next up Michigan (mid-late July!). As I've shared before, it is hard to live far from family with a baby... but I'm so happy traveling is easy these days and well worth it. Road trips, plane rides- we make them work :)
Back to work tomorrow- and babe is waking up now... so back to life...
Final note, again I must stress as I have in previous posts- we are SOOOO lucky to have paid leave in California- and even luckier to have a great paid paternity leave for Kevin. I feel challenged going back to work after 13 weeks (10 paid) but our family is far more privileged than most in this country. HUGE props to all the women and men who go back to work sooner, because you have to for your family. And final note: America, we can do better for our families.
Okay, that's that.