Oh me, oh my! It has been an extremely long time since my last post, almost a year in fact! A lot has happened since my last post. I ended up experiencing a difficult pregnancy, almost delivering 11 weeks early, but thankfully in the end only delivering 6 weeks early. Luckily my little girl is a strong trooper and only spent 9 days in the NICU. Granted, those were the longest 9 days of my life.
|Born 6 weeks early at 4lbs 7oz|
Adjusting to life as a mom hasn't been easy. I love my baby more than I can possibly express and being her mom is the most rewarding thing I've ever done. However, I'm exhausted, and learning how to balance work and baby while maintaining my sanity hasn't been easy. I'm still working everyday to find the right balance.
|Her first week home|
I've also been struggling with post partum depression since I returned to work. While I am realizing I'm really one of those moms that does need work to fulfill myself, being away from my daughter hasn't been an easy adjustment for me. I miss her during the day, and returning to work had a severely negative impact on my ability to breastfeed and even produce breast milk with pumping. We made it 4 months feeding her only breast milk, and now at almost 7 months my ability to produce anything is really tapering off. This was hard to accept at first, buying that first can of formula was a very emotional experience, but I now realize that my girl is growing and thriving and so it's ok that she is primarily formula fed now.
|1 month old, also Christmas Eve|
And, as if having a baby weren't change enough, my husband and I have decided that in the best interest of our family, it is time for us to pack up and move across the country to a city that we feel will provide Ramona with the most positive environment for growing up. This is still in the works, so no full details yet, but each day we are getting closer to a definite moving date, a definite job situation, and a definite living situation.
|4 Months Old|
So yes, there have been numerous changes in the past year. I miss this blog oh so much, and I really can't promise how frequently I will be able to post in the future, but I do hope to continue some posts. Depending on how today goes there may even be a few additional posts coming (I'm currently taking care a sick baby in need of lots of sleep). For those of you who have continued to come to this blog, thank you! I know it can be frustrating when you find a blog you enjoy, and then suddenly the posts just stop coming.
|6 Months Old|