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Funny How Time Flies May 29, 2009

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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!! 😉 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!! 😉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!! 😉

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!! 😉 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??


The Arrival April 13, 2009

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MAN! It’s been FOREVER since I wrote here! The last few months of my pregnancy were absolute CHAOS! My sales reps were doing everything they could to book every moment of my time before I left on leave, and yet “the little one” was demanding her own time in terms of Dr’s appointments and health issues and such. WHEW! What a ride!!

But..that was before. This is now. So, welcome to the next part of my life!

I have so much to say about the last 6 days, it’s absolutely amazing! I will try not to sound like the totally obsessed new Mommy, but you know how that goes! So, bear with me, and I’ll try not to get TOO obsessed and crazy! (you know..those hormones are still there!)

Anyway, here’s the latest shakedown..

But…it’s not supposed to happen TODAY!!!

I have to admit, Sunday, April 5th 2009 was my due date – you know..the day she was “supposed” to come into the world. BUT..I had been to the Dr’s on the 2nd and they told me that I pretty much was not making any progress, wouldn’t be ready to give birth anytime soon and that they didn’t want to wait until too long past my due date to bring the little one out (health issues and all). So, after much discussion, we scheduled the little one’s arrival for Tuesday the 7th. Yes..scheduled. As in..we had a meeting, it was on my calendar. I LIVE by my calendar, so to me, it was just a wait and watch kinda game!

Apparently though, the little one was having NONE of that! How DARE we try to schedule her arrival?! She’s in charge of her own schedule dang it!! So, when my water broke on Sunday afternoon, I was a little bit in shock and quite a bit in denial! And, to make matters worse, since we had scheduled it for Tuesday, I never did those last-minute things..you know..go to the grocery so Alex would have food while we were gone; get some laundry done; clean the house before I would no longer be able to, etc. etc. OOPS!cimg0401

So after some running around and getting a neighbor to at least pick up Alex some bread and milk (Thanks Paul and Missy!!!)..we got to the hospital around 4pm on Sunday and met with my Dr. Then, by 6:30 I was being prepped for surgery. Yup – THAT fast!! Long story on the surgery part, but suffice it to say, I went into the operating room at 7:15 and at 7:49, just like that, Amelia Marie Metzger made her arrival into the world!

And let me tell you…she screamed from the minute they took her out! So…there she is..a whopping 8lbs 2 ozs!! Big girl, huh??!!

Taco, Taco, Burrito, Burrito

cimg0450 We were in the hospital for 4 days (the extra day was due to her having jaundice) and they were the fastest (and yet slowest) 4 days of my life! I felt run over (I guess that surgery really IS a major one, huh??!!), elated, tired and wide awake all at the same time. We learned how to feed (it’s NOT as natural and easy as it sounds), how to interpret her cries and how to just be together. And, more importantly, we learned how to do the best invention in the world…the swaddle! Or, as I have now come to call it..the burrito! As you can see from the pic above..the hospital swaddles really made her look like a little burrito..and after that, anytime we do the swaddle, I can’t help but sing that song!!!! 😉 (South Park fans, you know what song I’m talking about!!)

Then, on Thursday, as fast as it came, we were headed home, into the world of the unknown…all alone..without help! 😉

And So It Goes…

We got home on Thursday and the next couple days up to today have also been chaos! The first night was the hardest, as I think she was up every hour wanting fed or changed or played with or something. But, we’re finally getting the hang of one another and last night we had 2 (yes, count them..TWO) 3-4 hour periods of solid sleep!! (YEAH!) I couldn’t be happier!

And, like the song, so it goes. That’s the beginning of a whole new chapter in my life. One that, honestly, I never thought I’d have. It’s amazing. Everything about it is amazing. Just seeing that life be born, then the whole feeding thing..so strange that it all comes together like that. So strange that the whole system just works (like a Mac!!) ;-)! And I STILL can’t really fathom that I’m a Mom!! How odd to even say it!

So, there you have it, and here we are! As many challenges as I’ve faced in my life, somehow I can’t help but think this will be my biggest. But you know what…I think it just might be the most rewarding as well. Amazing.cimg0460