Friday, August 17, 2012

Five on Friday



1.  Well, it's official.  Maternity leave is over and I'm back to work this week.  It's been a rough week too.  Probably not as bad as I had built it up in my head, but going back to the office full-time is definitely one of the hardest decisions I've had to make as a parent so far.  But I really do think it's the right one.  We found a great nanny that Ryan and I (and Mac) love.  I feel very good and confident about leaving Mac with her all day.  I know she's going to take good care of him, spoil him, give him lots of love and attention (as well as take care of the dogs and help out around the house), but it's just so hard knowing that I'm not there and missing out on all the fun they're having.  I spent the entire week leading up to my return sobbing and having panic attacks about how horrible it was going to be.  Turns out, it's hard, but I think we'll manage.  I've cried every morning this week when I leave the house, but once I'm at work I'm fine.  And actually, I feel more like myself now than I have in months.  And that's a good thing.  I keep hearing it gets a little easier every day.  That's good to know.  So, I figure that by the time Mac turns 15, I should be fine and completely back to normal.  


2.  Speaking of my old self, when do I get her body back?  And should I be horribly embarrassed that I'm wearing maternity slacks to work today?  Three months postpartum.  Because I'm not...I may never wear normal slacks again.  Maternity pants are so damn comfortable! 


3.  My Facebook feed is flooded with photos of my friends' kids going to school or back to school this week.  I can't believe so many of my friends have school-aged children.  I was just home a few days ago and my cousin Mandy's oldest is starting seventh grade!  SEVENTH GRADE!  How did that happen?  These kids were just babies like yesterday.  Which makes me freak the hell out because Mac's going to grow up and will be going to school a few years from now.  Which will basically feel like tomorrow.  With a backpack and new shoes and spiral notebooks.  Ahh!  WHERE DID THE TIME GO?!!


4.  My goddaughter's first anniversary of her baptism is coming up next weekend.  I want to get her something special to commemorate the occasion.  Ideally, I'd love to get her something (or do something) that can be done every year, like a tradition.  I thought about doing a donation in her name or a savings bond (do people still do those?) or something, but nothing's really striking my fancy.  Anyone have any ideas?


5.  I am SO incredibly far behind on reading blogs and I really miss them.  I'm dying to know what's going on in everyone's life, but I haven't been able to keep up.  My Google Reader is out of control!  It says 1000+ but I know it really means 7000+.  Oy.  I've been reading some blogs on my iPad, but it doesn't let me comment (why is that?), so if I haven't commented on your blog in a while that's why.  And I'm sorry!  I'll do better.  And someday I'll catch up on everyone's lives.  Maybe.





20 comments:

  1. My cousin received one pearl (with a hole drilled) every birthday and special occasion from her parents. When she turned 18 she had enough to have it turned into a beautiful string of pearls.

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  2. Love all the pics!!

    He is getting soo big - not that you want to hear that lol! But is he! I am glad you adjusting back to work alright!!

    Glad all is well!
    Happy Weekend!!

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  3. I can't deal. I just want to eat him. Too much cuteness!

    Good luck back at work. I LOVED my nannying days, and hopefully yours will have a great relationship with Mac. I'm still in touch with my families from years ago, it's the best.

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  4. So glad to hear you are starting to feel more like yourself! And don't beat yourself up over wearing maternity pants! Mac is too adorable for words...I'd cry if I had to leave that cute face too!

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  5. What a week you've had - so full of change. He is just adorable!

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  6. Congrats on your first week back! Your reaction sounds so much like many of friends' reactions who made the same choice: 1) I'm myself again! 2) I cry when leaving every morning 3) Screw regular pants. It sounds like your heart knows you made the right choice, and that's all we can hope for, right?

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  7. 4 words - MARK ALL AS READ. Start from scratch when you get time. Or just read the latest post from your fave bloggers (Ahem. ME) ;)

    I think a donation or bond or even just cash is a great gift for your goddaughter! It's something she'll appreciate all her life.

    Sending you love in the upcoming weeks as you adjust to going back to work! I felt the same as you, more myself, after I went back to work!

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  8. My grandfather gave us savings bonds as kids and we HATED IT! It was a running joke that he was just too cheap to give us real gifts (he also put them in my uncle's name, so that didn't help). I finally cashed them in at like 21 or 23, and they still weren't even worse face value. It just made us resent him. I'd go with something else. Those precious moments yearly things are cute but I bet they'd grow out of that by teen years.. Good luck! The babe is gorgeous as always!

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  9. glad to hear you had an "ok" week...I remember loving the fact that I was getting out of the house on a regular basis, but boy oh boy did I miss my baby!

    I love the pearl idea from above, we started a college savings fund for our godson! Missouri 529 plan's are pretty easy to get started.

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  10. I don't know if this will make you feel better or worse, but I'm 6 months out and STILL wearing maternity pants on occasion. They are awesome. And Mac is just so adorable!!! Keep the pictures coming, please!!

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  11. Mac is so cute!!!
    What a great Godmother u are! Maybe start her an add a pearl necklace...give her a pearl every year...one of my godmothers did this for me

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  12. I'm still not really ok with the fact that I was not hired to be the nanny but WHATEVER I CAN FORGIVE.

    That picture of you, Ryan and Mac is totally killing me. You guys are too damn cute. Like, it actually hurts!! I can't believe I get to see you in TWO TEENY TINY ITTY BITTY WEEKS OH MY GAWD.

    Love you, you're amazing! xoxo

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  13. I know how you feel about wanting your pre-maternity body back! Sheesh! We could talk on that topic ALL day long! ;) So glad things are going smoothly back at work...I think you made a great decision for all parties involved. And that pic of Mac with the dog is classic...love!

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  14. Sara I'm so proud of you for getting through the first few days. Very hard isn't it, but so worth it in the long run when Mac can admire his independent mummy role model, and you can have your life nicely compartmentalized.

    For your goddaughter how about a charm braclet with a new Aaron Basha charm every year?

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  15. The first days, weeks are hard. Yes it gets better, but who am I kidding? Some days it downright sucks to leave your baby. But I always thought that while I'm at work, he is learning and playing and being loved. No, not by you but the person you've entrusted to care for him. And I love that now our son is so easy going and able to be held by and interact with someone other than Mom and Dad.

    Good luck mama! Mac is a cutie!

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  16. Mac is so adorable. I know it must be so hard leaving him every day!
    My family bought my brother and I savings bonds growing up and we still haven't cashed them in but we looked up their value the other day and they are worth lots more than what they bought them for. You just have to wait forever for them to increase in value-ours are 20+ years old and some still not completely matured...

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  17. glad to hear that it's getting easier to head back to work. i agree with you, i felt a bit more like me after i went back. and it does get easier. so keep at it girl.

    your little one is way too cute. like gives me baby fever cute.

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  18. So cute - I'm sure this week was pretty hectic for you!

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