Last Day

Today was spent preparing for my return to work, and Colt’s first day at daycare tomorrow. 

The house has been cleaned.
Grocery shopping complete.
Lunches made.
Daycare bag packed; crib sheets, bibs, extra clothes, diapers and wipes.
Laptop bag and pump bag packed.
Clothes picked out.
Baby bathed.
Coffee set.

Now we just need to hope for a good night of sleep. An easy departure. And a fast day at work. 

It’s been a quick 8 weeks, and I have been so lucky to watch my tiny newborn grow into a sweet, smiling baby boy. It will be amazing to see all of the growing and learning he does during the day.

I am so lucky to have such a great job that will allow me flexibility to take care of Colt the best way possible. I have plenty of vacation days available to take off for when he’s ill or we need a play day. My boss is allowing me to try out various start times this week to see what will work for us. And I’ll be able to pump and keep up feeding Colt breast milk. I’m considering taking Wednesday off to help make the transition a little easier. 

How do I feel? A little nervous. A little sad. But they say starting this young is easiest. Colt will probably be asleep when I drop him off and he’s pretty good with people. He’s had grandparents and aunts jumping to take care of his every need from his first day home. I’ll get into a new routine in time. And every minute I get to be with my little boy in the evening will be that much more special.

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The End of My Maternity Leave

This is my last week at home on maternity leave. It’s hard to believe that just a little more than 8 weeks ago I was at work, wrapping up projects, emails and meetings and telling everyone that I had a week before my due date. That last Friday in January I had to convince my coworkers that I’d be seeing them again on Monday.

Boy was I wrong.

My company permitted me to take 6 weeks off, and thanks to a surplus of vacation days, I opted to take another 2 weeks. Giving me a full 2 months off to spend with my new little boy.

It’s working out well, that he’s received his two month immunizations just in time to start daycare.

Yes, daycare.

I do not feel guilty about sending my infant to school. The center I chose has a great facility, experienced teachers and caregivers, and a curriculum that promotes learning and healthy lifestyles. Baby yoga, sign language and music even.

I’m looking forward to working again. I know, it’s weird, but I don’t think I’m a stay at home mom. At least not during this infant stage. Don’t get me wrong, I love my son, but I have to admit, he’s only entertaining for a little while each day. I try to best utilize those moments that he’s awake with games of peek-a-boo, reading books, and rattling toys. I know as he continues to grow and learn I’ll probably hate all of the time away from him when I do start back at work.

My biggest concern about going back to work next week is getting enough sleep. We’re working on getting a bedtime routine that starts earlier. Colt is still waking 2 to 3 times a night. We get a few stretches of up to 3 and a half hours of sleep at a time, but I’m still getting up, feeding him and pumping. I’m trying to reduce the amount of time I’m awake at each time.

If I have one regret, it’s from not putting more effort into breastfeeding while I was off. I had to come to terms with pumping and bottle feeding so early, that I didn’t think about how it could impact my sleep later.

Granted, there is hope that our little peanut will be sleeping through the night soon. According to Lucie’s List, infants tend to start sleeping through the night usually when they’ve reached 10 to 13 pounds, and Colt is weighing in at 11.

My other fear is that I’ll forget all of the stuff I have to take with me. I have a bag for work, a bag for daycare and my pump bag. And each of those bags have very important contents. This is something I’ve already had nightmares about.

And then we have mornings like today, where Colt had slept really well the night before, waking up at 1am and 5am. Mike got up and fed Colt at 1 while I pumped. At 5am, I fed Colt, and put him back to bed. Then made myself a cup of coffee, pumped, spent some time on the Internet and got some errands done before he woke back up at 7:30. We even had a good 15 minutes of breastfeeding.

I think that once I can get a decent routine for bedtime and the morning, things won’t be so bad. I need to stop stressing over the unavoidable and just take things day by day.

Do you have any tips for making the transition back to work easier?

Ready? Ready!

Getting closer to our due date, Mike and I are settling down and enjoying our time together at home.  And I realized that means I haven’t blogged. 

The other weekend, Circuit Broad threw for me a great baby shower with many of our derby friends. 

I got a lot of great gifts, and books and so many breast milk storage options! Oh, and I may have pretended to let Cookie Rumble try to catch my baby in the WFTDA Division 2 Championship Trophy.

I love all of the derby mom’s that have been so inspiring and helpful.  And I’m grateful to call them my friends.  Not to mention, they really bring a good time. 

Mike was busy over Christmas break and finished the floors, including the trim.  We did a little electrical work, changing out outlets and fixing some 3-way switches that weren’t working.  And this past weekend, the house got a deep clean. 

At our last doctor’s appointment, the ultrasound estimated that Colt was weighing about 6lbs.  Every thing seems on track for a natural delivery.  We’ve got another appointment Wednesday.

At work, we’re gearing up for my pending leave.  I’m training another woman in the department, and I think it’s going to go really well. 

So now it’s just a waiting game.  Get up, get bundled up for the cold, work, come home, Mike cooks dinner, pj’s, TV, and then it’s back to bed again.

Obligatory New Years Post

Happy New Year Readers!

Better late than never right?

So while I am snowed in this crazy cold night, I figure I should get this post out.

I started writing this New Years Day but didn’t feel motivated to look back at the year. I know kind of silly.

I had a great year with plenty of ups and downs.

I got to travel to a bunch of really great places with some great friends thanks to derby.

I upped my officiating skill by NSOing at the WFTDA Playoffs.

I finished out my second season with DDG and was elected co-head NSO with Circuit Broad and Mayor was elected co-head Ref with Geo.

Mike and I started fixing up both our relationship and our home.

But I guess I just have more things to look forward to this year, that I can’t really seem to find the words I want to use to reflect back on the past year.

I am looking forward to the new expansions on out house and hopefully to our family.

I am starting at a new job in a few weeks. It should be an exciting new challenge.

I will be resubmitting my application for certification in February, and hoping to finally earn my stripes.

And maybe in the meantime, I will do a little more traveling, keep working on my NSO skills. I want to keep taking more pictures, and writing as often as I can.

Heck, maybe I’ll even get that motivation to do a real nice write up on my adventures last year.

Up Next for me is another bout on Jan 18th. Star Wars themed once again, with my friend Doug’s band, BuzzBangPow playing at the bout and after party.

Life Can Be A Roller Coaster

I have had my shares of ups and downs lately. But thankfully, the ups have been bigger and better than the downs.

Work has been rough these past few weeks. Since my co-worker has been out on maternity leave, yay baby! I have been working a lot of overtime. Boo long hours!

As much as I have been complaining about work, and being there so much, the plus is a nice check at the end of the year, and added bonus, a promotion!

So while I may complain about the long hours and unappreciated work (promotion is not in current department), I have to be thankful I have a job.

Mike is currently outside in our new garage putting up the new garage door opener. The roofers were here yesterday and put a new roof on the entire house. Again, I could be ungrateful about them stomping all over my Christmas decorations in the yard, and breaking most of the light bulbs in the house, how does that happen? And the tiny hole in my bedroom ceiling, again, how does that happen? I am immensely thankful to have a roof over my head and a nice warm house to call my own.

I have most of my Christmas shopping done with the exception of a few things, though I do have to contact one of our vendors to tell them about a mistake they made on an item I got for myself, so that could be worse.

I didn’t have time to go out and get a real tree this year with Mike. That sadden me for a while, but instead I bought a little 4 foot tree and Mike has been making me laugh with the extra little things he keeps doing with it. Like stringing empty beer cans as ornaments and decorating it with decoy crows. I know, he’s a little more country than I am probably to balance out the “city girl” that I am.

So all in all, there are the little losses strewn about the day, but in the end I really have a lot to be thankful for right now, and I’ll take it.

Oh! And super awesome bonus! After a long day at work, I came home to find a present from my obscure official secret Santa waiting for me! Zombie Penalty Tracking Sock Monkey named Pitzy Jr.!

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On the Go: Stress Eating

Not going to lie, I am frustrated with work today.

I want a Pepsi.

I want to eat something cheap easy, & greasy for lunch.

I want a beer.

I want to go home and do nothing in my pajamas.

I almost want to take up smoking. 

I am going to take a deep breath.

I am going to confess my dirty little diet secrets to you.

I am going to keep drinking the Sobe Power Water.

I don’t know yet what I’ll do for lunch. But I’m going to be good. 

I am going to work out with Kraken & Peaches tonight.

It’s not that bad. I can do good.

April Showers…

It’s been a busy April so far, and it looks like it’s going to keep that pace for a while.

At least I am able to sit here in my living room with the windows open, listening to the birds and wildlife outside. Spring is in the air… for the time being any way.

Since the beginning of the month, I have been working 48 hour weeks picking up some overtime on a special project.  In order to not spend these lovely afternoons stuck at work, I have been going in at 6am and staying till 4:30 most nights. So far the project has been slow, and behind schedule. Hopefully it will last just long enough for me to enjoy the extra money without sacrificing my sanity.

The extra money is coming in handy right now.  Just this past Friday, I found out that I was accepted, along with Circuit Broad and Mayor, to officiate at the 2013 Midwest Brewhaha tournament.

Last year, a group of us all took the train to Milwaukee and officiated at the tournament, for many of us, it was our first derby road trip, and our first tournament. It was definitely an experience that I will remember for a lifetime, not to mention the trip that would spawn my love for derby road trips.

Yesterday, my friend Wishbone Breaker from Lansing, booked our hotel room. And today with many back and forth decisions, I finally decided to again take the train.  How often do you get to ride a train anyway?

So it’s been a pretty good couple of weeks. I can’t really complain about anything. Kind of makes you wonder if the energy you put out in the world really does influence the events in your life. A few weeks ago I got one of those letters that said I was named in a class action lawsuit and could be entitled to a settlement. I never expected anything. But sure enough I got a check today, and it was for more than I would have expected.

I am still working out with Kracken 2 times a week and doing my homework on my own.  I feel stronger, and I love the way I feel after.  I haven’t started seeing much of the results that I want just yet, but I am trying new things and working it out.

And speaking of working it out, I’ll be attending the Detroit Derby Girls Derby! U this upcoming Saturday at the Masonic Temple. It’s an all day event designed to give interested women an introduction to roller derby. Basic skating skills, hitting drills, and information about the league are provided by some of DDG’s best skaters and trainers.

I took this course last year when it was a two-day event.  I wrote about it on my old blog, DDG Derby! U.  That blog post remains one of the more frequently accessed posts I have ever written. I am hoping that this time, I will be a little more prepared, and maybe this time I’ll learn stops and cross-overs.

And if that isn’t action enough for Saturday, I will also be heading out to Lansing to NSO their double header against South Bend. I haven’t been out to Lansing yet this season and I am looking forward to seeing them and working with them.

All of these events and more are all posted on my Events page.  Be sure to keep checking back to see what other interesting things I am involved in.  Hopefully this busy month will lead to a more relaxing and fun summer.

edit 4/18/13: corrected link to Lansing homepage.

Updates and Whatnot

No big news to share this week.  Just some updates.

Life has been a lot easier since the sinus surgery. I sleep better, breathe better, and can taste and smell things again. Doc says everything seems to be healing up nicely. And Mikey said I haven’t been snoring.

On the work front, there has been some moving around and I my responsibilities will be changing up a bit.  Could be the change I have been looking for.  It’s still working in Cash, but will be doing a bit more analyzing now, rather than just data entry. And I get to move cubes!

As some of you may have seen on my Instagram. I look a little more derby than usual thanks to being my usual klutzy self. I have a huge dark bruise on my knee from dancing down a dark hallway and tripping over my dog.  I am just thankful I didn’t do much more than that. Back in 2010, Ian and I were at Comerica Park seeing the Eminem and Jay-Z Home and Home tour when I took a tumble up some stairs and bruised a tendon in my knee. I woke up the next morning to a grapefruit rather than a knee cap and had to have electric shock treatment.

Friday the Detroit Derby Girls Allstars played in a closed bout against the Brewcity Bruisers All Stars. I had a great time working with a stellar officiating crew as always. Detroit took an early lead over Brewcity and never gave it back. Final score 295-154. After that we headed down to the Woodward Avenue Brewers for the launch of their newest beer, a collaboration with DDG, Bout Stout. I am not much of a stout drinker, but I have to say adding a bit of vanilla ice cream sure did make it taste good!

It was another crazy night in Ferndale with quite a few of us heading back to Hi-Death’s home.  Do I dare mention waking up to the best eggs ever? I’ve only been talking about them for days. Ha! Again, I cannot believe the friends that I have made in derby and this past weekend was a great example of that.

Sunday, I got to hang out with Ian for a bit, it feels like its been forever since we did anything.  And then it was back to Ferndale again for ice cream at Treat Dreams with more derby folks. A sweet ending to a sweet weekend.

Today was surprisingly awesome with a spontaneous lunch date with Tig O’Hitties.  You’ll be hearing more about our collaboration in the next few weeks.

I think that’s about all the news I have for you so far. Up this weekend is a trip to Manistee that I hope will be just as exciting to write about as it is to experience. Thanks for reading!