Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Changes...going back to work after maternity leave
Things have been pretty different in our house since I returned to work last week. Not bad different, really, just different in terms of Ben's naps, sleep schedules...it's been a bit all over the place.
During the week, Billy and my Mom have been telling me he's been sleeping tons, eating well, doing just great. Then I come home from work, and Ben refuses to sleep! And, over the weekend, he didn't want to nap at ALL.
Well, I was looking at a few different articles over on Dr. Sears, and stumbled upon this:
"Babies often sleep more while mother is gone and then stay awake later at night. They may also wake more often during the night to breastfeed. This is their way of making up for lost time with mom. Don't fight this--accept it. Your baby wants to be with you. Include him in your evening activities..."
Oooooh. Well that makes sense. It's not often that Ben has been up, as in wide awake, after dark. Usually around 6pm he started to get so cranky, and we know it's bed time. But, these days we're closer to 7, even 8...but I'm kind of happy about that! It makes for less time to get things done, but it's more time for me to see my little guy when I get home. I miss him like CRAZY all day long. How do people concentrate on anything and also have babies? I don't get it. I used to cringe when people talked about 'mom-brain' but I admittedly have it times a thousand. Gross, I know.
Anyway, being back in the working world is pretty cool in some ways. It's nice to chat with office friends again, and to wear clothes that are not old faded sweat pants.
I have had zero time to paint, which is a problem that I plan on fixing this week. I have a commission to finish up and I need to spend WAY more time on business stuff (networking, marketing, blah blah blah) so tomorrow night I am dedicating to ADOP.
Oh, elusive work/life balance. You don't exist, do you?
P.S. You can read the full Dr. Sears article here.