The Final Stretch

Only 12 days until my maternity leave is over and its time to return to work. I cannot believe how fast that past 10.5 weeks have gone. It seems like we just brought Anderson home and now I’m busily finishing up his paperwork for daycare and working on figuring out how much milk I think he’ll need while I’m away all day. Oh and I got a new pump through insurance that I’m not sure how to use yet. The are multiple dials to move simultaneously.

Anyway, when I started my leave I made a to-do list of things I wanted to get done before I went back to work. I’ve gotten much of it done but there are several things that remain (put together an actual room for Anderson). I was able to check off one big one yesterday. Ella went to the dentist for the first time.

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We have a pediatric dentist in town and they were great! Ella happily sat in the big ‘special chair’ I told her she’d get to sit in, for cleaning, flossing, and x-rays. I was amazed at how well she did. She even asked to go back last night. I guess all that talk about a dentist being a doctor for your teeth and reading The Tooth Book has made the dentist quite exciting.

I still need to get myself into the dentist and the eye doctor. I swear pregnancy has made my vision worse. I think both will have to be scheduled for after my return to work. As much as I look forward to constant adult interaction and putting my mind to work in a different way, I’m so sad at the thought of leaving my sweet boy. I haven’t been away from him for more than three hours yet. It’s going to be a shock to both our systems.

I know he’ll be in good hands. After all, I know his ‘teachers’ and I know the routine. Ella has thrived and loves school but it doesn’t make these initial weeks any easier. Maybe I was naïve in thinking that it would be easier to go back to work this time. You think if I wear him in the Ergo and he sleeps anyone would notice if I took him to work with me?

Photo: You think if I wear him and he sleeps just like this anyone would notice if he came to work with me?

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