Back to the Grind

Well, after being off 10 wonderful weeks on maternity leave, I’ve officially been back to work for a full week now.  All in all, it hasn’t been too difficult of a transition.  Obviously it’s hard to go from spending all day with my baby to not…but I have found we are all settling into a routine a lot more easily than I expected.  The whole two-kids-in-daycare thing had me a little nervous since I had no idea what to expect or how our mornings would go.  Fortunately, Ian is old enough (and has been doing this long enough) that he is pretty easy in the morning now.  Hazel is young enough that she goes with the flow and doesn’t cause much issue in the morning, either.  We are supremely lucky.

Besides the relative ease with which they handle the morning, we are also lucky that we have great sleepers.  Ian will sleep through just about anything, and he’s always been that way.  Hazel is an absolute angel at night.  At just 11 weeks old, we are now going on THREE weeks of her sleeping through the night (for real- when we put her down for bed, she doesn’t wake up again until 7 or so in the morning…since we leave before then to get to work and daycare, we are waking her up in the morning instead of the other way around. In fact, I can sneak in her room around 6 and get in a feeding while she’s still asleep before I have to run out the door to catch my carpool.  As I said, we are blessed.).

Even the pumping-at-work situation isn’t awful.  My office recently created a pumping room, and while it’s nothing fancy, it is awesome.  There are 2 separate “stalls” for pumping, separated by cubicle walls and curtains.  Each stall has a desk, chair, and foot stool.  Plus magazines to read and a power strip.  It’s lovely to have a secure, private area to pump… definitely helps alleviate stress and contribute to pumping success.  I now staunchly believe that ALL workplaces should have one of these magical rooms.

All of this makes going back to work that much easier.  It’s still hard, and I still miss my babies, but it’s at least bearable.  Especially when I hear the ladies at daycare fawn over Hazel or listen to Ian talk about all the fun he had with his friends.  These little victories help me focus on the good and ease the “back-to-work-blues”.

Did you go back to work after the birth of your babies?  How did you adjust?

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Two new releases from Barefoot Books, a spring SALE, and a giveaway!

I love it when I get to share awesome new Barefoot Books news and information! We have 2 new releases that I absolutely LOVE- you will definitely want to get your hands on them.

Millie’s Chickens

hardcover, $16.99 / paperback, $8.99

Tend Millie’s backyard chickens from day to night in this rhyming picture book, which is right on trend and packed with STEM-friendly science info. (Ages 5-9)

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Why buy it?
– FARM-TO-TABLE: Locavore theme focuses on where food comes from and gives an appreciation for the hard work behind it
– URBAN FARMING: Backyard setting reflects urban farming trend and makes this agricultural experience accessible to most readers
– BIOLOGY: Includes eight pages of educational endnotes about chickens, from breeding to preparing eggs for eating
– RESPONSIBILITY: Depicts both the effort and rewards of caring for animals yourself

You can also buy a Millie’s chicken gift set for $15.99 (retail price $17.98), which includes the paperback edition of Millie’s Chickens and the Chick Finger Puppet:

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Daddy Island

paperback, $7.99

This gentle, lyrical picture book will inspire parent-child play from playtime to bedtime.

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Why buy it?
– PHYSICAL PLAY: This gentle story guides fun physical partner-play between parent and child
– FAMILIAL BONDS: Celebrates the special bond between parent and child
– LYRICAL TEXT: Stimulates language building through vivid vocabulary and imagery

And we’re also in the middle of our spring sale, so don’t delay- head on over to Barefoot now to check out all we have to offer AND save!

“Millie’s Chickens” is such a hit that I’m giving away ONE copy! Enter below:
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