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September 2014

newbie mom

registry musts and must not

September 29, 2014

Here’s some quick hit items to add, or delete, from your registry…

MUSTS

  • Drying Rack – The First Years Spinning Drying Rack – It’s a space saver and holds an insane amount of items
  • Bottle Brush – Playtex SmartSpace Baby Bottle Brush – It cleans beautifully and has a smaller brush built in for bottle nipples
  • Burp Cloths – Suggested investment to avoid constant laundering
  • Swaddle – Summer Infant SwaddlePod and SwaddleMe – It takes the guess work out of swaddling when your baby begins to kick out of the traditional blanket
    • V skipped the pod but we used the SwaddleMe for a while, he loved to be swaddled arms out
  • Changing Station – Skip Hop Pronto! – Super easy and convenient without all the added stuff

MUST NOT

  • Drying Rack – Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack – It’s adorable and impractical
  • Swaddle – Miracle Blanket – Literally a miracle that anyone would choose to buy or use this item, it’s intense
  • Shoes – Adorable and impractical, your little one will not need shoes for awhile but if you want to get fancy while being practical check these out Trumpette – you can buy multi-packs of super cute enviable socks
    • When your little one is ready to walk these are the best, they are easy to slip on and stay on plus they come is wicked cute styles – Robeez
  • Dishwasher Basket – Munchkin Dishwasher Basket – We simply don’t run our dishwasher enough for this to be helpful
  • Wipe Warmer
working mom

the price of popularity

September 24, 2014

This past week was hectic, but the hardest part was being without this guy.

My week played out like this…

  • M – Prep for presentation
  • T – Late prep for presentation
  • W –  Travel (Biz)
  • R – Travel/Work/Event
  • F – Work/Travel (Pleasure)
  • Sa – Travel
  • Su – Travel/Home

From Tuesday night through Sunday afternoon I saw V a total of 1 hour and 20 minutes. Honestly the worst part was when I was in town but unable to get home. Tuesday evening was particularly rough. When finalizing our presentation, technology turned on me and I spent an extra hour and a half in the office trying to troubleshoot with our creative team and remotely accessing our techie guru. Luckily the partner I was traveling with was having drinks right down the street and we were able to make a quick switch – his Mac for my iPad. It was a win/win – he was able to showcase a digital publication we created for his companion over drinks while I loaded our presentation to his desktop.  The entire time though I could feel my anxiety ratcheting up over the thought of not making it home in time to see V before bed. After loading and testing the presentation, making the hand-off and joining for a quick drink I made it home just in time to change V into his pajamas. Barely time to spare.

The business travel was the easy part. We were in and out overnight. With no possibility of seeing V, it was not even on the radar as a worry. My travel companions are amazingly talented and interesting which made the trip that much better. Our air and land connections were seamless. Our presentation was on-point and we not only had heads nodding in the room but had engaged conversations both during and afterward – always a good sign! Unfortunately I falsely assumed I may get more and better sleep when on the road without my teething V down the hall. That was not the case. Between the time change and general hotel stay sleeplessness I averaged far less than I would have had I been home.  The trip was both exciting and exhausting.

The kicker was that this week happened to be packed not only with work but with social engagements. When I arrived back in town on Thursday I came into the office to finish out the afternoon and attend an after work event that I had previously committed to. It was delightful but again the anxiety of delaying my arrival home weighed heavily on my enjoyment. And especially so knowing I was again headed out of town the next night until Sunday. This time it was for pleasure, the girls and I had placed a little trip to Cincinnati – my old stomping grounds. I had been so excited for the weekend but after the packed week it seemed to dull my initial feelings toward the get together. Thankfully the further I got from home and closer I came to Cincinnati the excitement began to bloom and I was ready to let loose with the girls for a few days. And let loose we did.

Though truly not at all restful the trip left me feeling energized and ready to take on V and some sleepless teething nights which was great. It felt nice to schedule some time away with the girls, just tough when it came at the end of a busy week which left me little time with V. Sometimes popularity comes with a price.

working mom

hand-off fail

September 10, 2014

IV is usually both drop-off and pick-up duty for V. It’s rare that I have to do either, and I am so grateful for it. The other day, IV had a golf outing so I dropped off V on my way to work and picked him up in the evening as well. He’s been a little more attached to me lately which is a swing from what was happening a few months ago when it was all Daddy all the time. This makes hand-off to anyone a little more difficult, let alone to daycare.

I tried to get down on the floor and play with him a little, get him into some toys as a distraction. He wasn’t having any of it so I gave him a hug and kiss and told him I’d be back later as he was already wailing. It was full on scream-cry with tears, and it was horrible. Leaving him like that is rough. The only thing that makes it better is having a busy and productive work day so I can feel like my leaving him was for a purpose. Days like these are tough.

working mom

my baby is making me sick

September 4, 2014

Can you remember the last time you had Strep Throat? I can, and it was not once but TWICE THREE TIMES in the last 9 months. The one thing I’ve learned from Little V being at daycare is that germs travel fast and both their and your immune system will take a hit. When five first went to daycare my husband and I came down with all kinds of little sniffles here and there. In addition, I was taken down by Strep within the first month of him being in daycare. I remember clearly being in a client meeting shivering and barely able to talk, thinking to myself “Wow, my throat is really sore! I don’t remember the last time I had a sore throat!” I powered through the meeting and ended up taking the remaining few hours of the day off of work to head to doctor to get checked-out. Mind you, I’ve not taken a sick day in the three years I’ve been with my agency and in countless years at my prior employer. The doctor confirmed what was my suspicion that I FOR SURE had Strep. It was the worst. My husband graciously offered to get my medication that evening and came home with the wrong prescription, I literally cried. Illness sidelined me for a few days, and because of it I not only could not be a functioning member of our household but on the work front I missed a new business pitch. It sucked. Recently a girlfriend of mine missed a get-together because the same thing happened to her. Baby’s first month in daycare = Strep for Mama. Be prepared to get at least to catch a little sniffles no matter how much you try to avoid it with hand washing, vitamin C, etc. Those darling kissable babies are covered in germs waiting to make their way into your system.