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Funny How Time Flies May 29, 2009

Posted by dreanotes in Personal.
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My goodness! Has it really been almost 2 months already? I thought time flew before Amelia..it freakin rockets by now!! πŸ˜‰ Um, excuse me, Mr. Rocket Scientist..can you tell me how to slow down this ride???

What to say, what to say? Well..so much has happened the last 2 months since Amelia was born..so many firsts. Let’s see if we can go through the fun stuff and things maybe people care about..

Tony went back to work after about 2.5 weeks, leaving me here all alone and totally freaked out! What do I do with her all day? What does “play” mean to a 3 week old? Does she even know if I’m “playing” with her? When do I get to take a shower? How do I do laundry? What happens if she starts choking? Am I going to drop her when I’m in my sleep-deprived state??? And sleep…I thought I was exhausted in college..yeah..right! I didn’t know what exhaustion was!

Then, to top it all off, Tony got sick..real sick..and I quarantined him from Amelia. So while it was good not to get her sick, it meant 6 whole days of me being the only one. No help with diaper changes..no help with feedings..no help with baths..no help. So, single moms..I TOTALLY salute you! I almost died..I can’t imagine how you do it every day

CIMG0560So where were the firsts…oh yeah…At 16 days, she attended her first funeral (my great uncle) near Huntington, WV. We had a 4 hr car ride each way, but she was very good.

She had her first full bath ..which she LOVED!! And, she has continued to love every bath since! WooHoo!!

We got her picture done for the announcements and I finally got those sent off! We took her picture in her tutu – you couldn’t see the tutu very well, but it was the best picture we got of it, and I was feeling guilty at the fact it had been a month already, so I decided to just bite the bullet and get those announcements done and out! So, better tutu pictures will just have to come later!! πŸ˜‰CIMG0508

She wore her first princess dress! Such a cute dress that the guys from Tony’s work got for her! Too cute! I had my first ever Mother’s Day! That was interesting! And Amelia spent her first weekend away with Grandma Metzger. WHEW! I told you..a LOT of firsts!!

Oh..and I think we found our first allergy. See, when I was a baby, I was allergic to EVERYTHING..literally..everything. My poor parents! So, when I had Amelia, I knew to be on the lookout for allergies right away. She was bound to have something! So, as I’m going back to work soon, I’m starting to wean her onto formula. We switched to the soy formula a while ago (the milk-based was really making her fussy and gassy), but as we increased the formula, she was just not doing too well. (That, and silly me had some ice cream and THAT really didn’t go over well with her!!) So, come to find out, yup..she probably has a milk allergy..and maybe soy. So, I’m cutting ALL milk products out of my diet (you’d be surprised what has milk in it..like bread..so this will be VERY difficult) and then we will see if she still has issues. If so..yup..soy is next! If soy is a culprit..well..we get to move to hypoallergenic formula!! WOOHOO! Lucky us!! πŸ˜‰

CIMG0617So, now here we are. Two months into this ordeal and I think I’m maybe starting to get the hang of it. I bought her a playmat (thanks to a gift card from co-workers!), which she totally and completely LOVES! She’s starting to smile now and giggle..and when we put her in that playmat, she smiles a LOT!! So, now I know what “play” means..at least for now!!

So I’m learning. It’s a totally different kind of learning than I’ve ever had to do before though. Although, when you think about it, I’m kinda used to “on the job training”..so I guess this should be old hat for me!! I mean, sure, having a kid is not totally like being a consultant, but you gotta admit, there are similarities!! πŸ˜‰ It’s just a much longer-term consulting gig than I’m used to!!

And, in a few weeks, I head back to work. I’m doing a couple weeks part-time just to get myself back into the groove. I feel like I’m lost so much of my knowledge and that I’m so far behind, that I’m not sure that a few weeks part time will be enough to get me back into things though!! This industry moves so fast, and there is so much to learn, that I feel like I’m lightyears behind everyone else already. I mean..look at me..I haven’t even been able to get a freakin blog post in..how am I gonna be able to keep up on stuff now??!! But, I guess like all things, it will come back. Just like riding a bike, huh? Yeah..sorta!

So, I’m surviving. One day at a time, I’m surviving. I’ve figured out how to take a shower (don’t go back to bed in the morning after I put her back down). I’ve even figured out how to do laundry, cook dinner, vacuum and put away clothes…all ONE HANDED!! I’ve even figured out how to do that one thing that has escaped me my whole life…ask for help. I know..crazy isn’t it? Who’da thunk??



1. luis benitez - June 1, 2009

Andrea, your daughter is wonderful! Sorry to hear about her allergies. Hopefully it’s something that she’ll grow out of. And I can totally imagine you doing everything one handed; my wife has become an expert in eating, cooking, sleeping, typing, etc one handed! πŸ™‚

Enjoy your next weeks before coming back to work.

2. YellowWhale - June 6, 2011

She is very cute near that pink fluff.

There’s an infant at the IT place where I work, and it’s almost like he’s another guy at the office.

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