Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Changes...going back to work after maternity leave

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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?a_sig2

P.S. You can read the full Dr. Sears article here.

11 comments:

  1. cute post, that's his way of expressing how much he misses you :)

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    1. Aw thanks!!! I guess you're right...poor little guy!

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  2. It's so tough being a mom, having a job, and trying to keep up with creative pursuits! May the force be with you. I don't even like Star Wars. I mean, I did as a kid, but...shh...Melanie...stop typing.

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    1. Ha ha ha, you're so right Melanie. YOU seem to be doing it all though, TEACH ME!!!

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  3. Its so so hard to balance it all. It took me some time to actually get into a rhythm but it sounds like you are right on track!

    And so interesting about that article...it kind of explains alot. J was like this in the beginning too, and when I have weeks where I end up working more or a bit later, he refuses bed times. Now I get it!

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  4. Hey sweetie. I showed your Mum a picture of one of your paintings I particularly love. I can't quite articulate exactly why I love it... I just do. Good luck with the contest and the giveaway. Proudest Uncle Andy in the world.

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  5. Hi Adriane; you are my inspiration, I don't know how you manage everything you do. You are an incredible Mom, Wife, Painter, Decorator, Gardener, Daughter & Granddaughter. I've been reading your blog for a couple of years now and you make me want to do more with my home.... and with my life. I can't believe that the little girl you used to be; playing with my son, grew up to be this magnificant women, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I hope one day I can hang a Adriane original on my wall.

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    1. Jayne! You are too sweet, thank you so much for saying this!!! I am so happy you're reading :) Nice to know I'm not alone here!! xo

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  6. Hi Adriane, When do you find the time or the energy to do everything you do!!! But I am not surprised because your Mom could never sit still either. It still seems like yesterday when I came up from NY with my twin boys Chuck and Nicholas. Oh were they in love with you..LOLOLOL!!!!! And now look how times passes so quickly. Married with a beautiful little boy, Ben. Cherish every moment, because it flies by before you know it! A lot of your paintings remind me of the sea..which I love. Enjoy blogging, I will try to keep up with you! Love Always..from your Mom's Yankee buddy,
    Diane Cooper xoxoxo

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    1. Diane!!!!! OMG, thank you so much for checking out my blog, and for commenting, you are so sweet!! :)

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