well, other than being extremely tired for a few hours of the afternoon, I’d say my first day back at work after 12 weeks of maternity leave went well. There were over 1,200 e-mail messages waiting for me which I pared down to 900 and archived everything over 3 weeks old to deal with later.
I came home for lunch and nursed Forest which helped me feel like I wasn’t completely abandoning him. He seemed quite content, calm and well-fed when I came home tonight. My mother-in-law said that he was talkative and smiling as well as doing a lot of eating and crying today.
Hopefully all of us will get more sleep tonight.
Tomorrow is my first day back at work. I’m mostly looking forward to working. I’m not worried too much about Forest since he will have his father and grandmother taking care of him tomorrow. I’m mostly worried about him missing his mommy. Lots of milk in the freezer to go in bottles, but not quite like mommy. We do know that he will readily take bottles, so that is a good thing at least.
I’m also worried about getting enough sleep to be functional. Forest was up three times last night and I was having some anxiety issues and it took me awhile to fall asleep. So, I ended up with about 3.5 hours of sleep. I’ve been more routinely getting 5-6 hours of sleep when he gets up 1-2 times overnight, and that helps me feel a lot better.
Several people have told me that a teaspoon or two of rice cereal helps babies sleep better at night, and his doctor recommends not starting that until 4 months, although several moms have said they started much earlier. And the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding until 6 months. But I wonder if the American Academy of Pediatrics Board are all waking up at 2 am, 4am and 5:30am for feedings?