The Return

This morning as I fed JG, I took a moment and looked at her. The past six weeks are a blur, and I am scheduled to return to work soon.

I wanted to cry. While I’m eager to return, I love our slow mornings. Our mid-day naps. Lunches with friends. And let me tell you, there is truly nothing better than baby cuddles. Her squeaks and eeks as she shifts in my arms or on my chest are precious.

JG cuddles 1-15

I feel like I’m just getting a hand on things. I was cleared for moderate exercise two weeks ago and have been making use of our new elliptical as often as I can. This past week, we started being able to discern an ‘I’m hungry’ cry from an ‘I’m uncomfortable’ cry. We’re trying to get her on a sleep schedule. There’s still so much I want to do before I’m gone most of the day. Granted, Mommy Janks will be here for a few weeks once I return before JG goes to daycare. I know I’m leaving her in good hands, but I’m still leaving.

Words of encouragement, strength, and wisdom are appreciated and encouraged.


I Had the Best Day, With You…Today.

Dear Mommy Janks,

Today, in lieu of a birthday card, I not only want to tell you how important you are to me but tell the blogosphere as well. You’ve been with me, well, since the beginning.

You have taken care of me both physically and emotionally.

You’ve spoiled Nettifred and me on shopping trips (but also dressed us in matching outfits for father/daughter dances). Thanks for that, really.

You loved me through my awkward middle school years, braces and all.

You’ve supported me and even played interference with Dad on occasion to make things ended up in ‘our’ favor.

Though we’ve had our rough patches, you have come to be a close confidant, a trusted opinion and a still a good (and fair) mother of three.

I hope you have a day as wonderful as you are. You deserve it.

Your (first) Baby Girl