Thursday, October 27, 2011

Viva Fit Club

Oh boy. Time to talk about the most unpleasant side effect of having a baby - weight gain. I'm breastfeeding, and I have heard that helps with baby weight loss, but I don't want to leave it all to that. Plus, I always feel better when I am active and exercising, so I joined Ashley Fremont Street's Viva Fit Club. Target date for weight loss goals is 4/5/12... Viva Las Vegas 15. I doubt that Rob and I will make it VLV next year, but 6 months seemed like a good time line regardless.

My parents have a mini gym in their basement, and my sister has been trying to talk me into going to Zumba with her, so hopefully between those two options I can easily insert a little more dedicated fitness time into my schedule. Fingers crossed, 'cause I miss my size 2 jeans. Anyone else who wants to be more in shape by VLV should request to join the group!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Time Flies

These photos describe how I feel about going back to work:


I'm in my last week of maternity leave. I don't like thinking about it. In fact, I cry every time I do. The last few months have been some of the best of my life. I really don't like thinking about returning to a job that I. Cannot. Stand.

That being said, I know that I should be grateful that I have a job at all, let alone one with a semi-flexible schedule (I plan to work 4 ten-hour days, with one of those telecommuting). And I have pretty decent health insurance, which is the main reason I am going to continue to work for now. Hopefully we can figure out a way for me to go part-time in the next year or two and that makes it a little easier, since I can tell myself that I am going back for now, but not forever.

I know a lot of working moms choose to do so. I know a lot enjoy the adult interaction and the opportunity to wear nice clothes. I do not. Well, what I mean is I found that I had plenty of interaction while I was off. I was never bored. I spent a lot of time with friends and family so I had a great balance between mommy and baby time and grown-up time. Plus, most of my co-workers are significantly older than I am. I get along with most of them, but I'm not really myself around them, so I have actually gotten more out of staying home since I could spend my days being myself: my tattooed, slightly outrageous, occasionally obnoxious and opinionated. I communicate by phone and email, so I don't really have to dress nice at work. Plus, my daughter is at home and no amount of perks would make me feel like I would rather be out of the house. I like hanging out with my baby. I love cooking, and don't mind cleaning. But I have a feeling that fitting all that in after a 10 hour day at work - it sounds exhausting. I'm certainly not the first mom to have to deal with this, but I didn't realize how hard it would be. I am a little resentful towards European countries who give women a year or two for maternity leave - six weeks just don't cut it.

Again though, I am so, so lucky. I had no problems getting pregnant, had an uneventful pregnancy, a pretty good delivery, a great recovery, and a super healthy baby. I haven't even had any problems breastfeeding, and I only get up once a night with Nora. I am so lucky, and I know it. I just wish that I could continue with maternity leave forever.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

GG

This is a picture of my grandmother and my daughter (side note, both my grandmothers were named Jean - hence Eleanor's middle name. Of course, this Jean was supposed to be Gina, but in those days everything was Americanized).

We have decided that her name is GG (for Great Grandma). She was here visiting last week and it was awesome having her around. I really miss having my family around, and this year was especially hard since I was pregnant and didn't have a chance to visit California. But seeing my grandmother with her first great-grandchild was well worth the wait. Here a few pictures from the last week.









Fall Colors

As much as I claim to hate the weather in Colorado, I actually really love the fall. I prefer sunny days that are cool enough to require a sweater but not cold enough to feel, well, cold. Colorado tends to be all over the map when it comes to weather, and this autumn is no exception. We've had HOT days, COLD days, and a few pretty perfect days. A few weeks back we took a little road trip to look at the fall foliage (Colorado is well known for the color changing aspens that grow in the mountains). We were a little early, but the colors were pretty none the less.





We randomly stumbled upon a creepy old cemetery in Leadville. Leadville was a bustling mining town during the end of the nineteenth century, and many of the graves in the Evergreen cemetery date pretty far back. The cemetery isn't used much these days (except for plots owned by the Masons and the Elks) and has fallen into disrepair.  We couldn't even see the back boundary (I refused to go too far back, especially after the dogs started barking at NOTHING), but it appeared to be sunken graves in between trees for as far as the eye could see. I'd like to go back and explore some time.
 



Thursday, October 13, 2011

Quick Post, to prove I am alive and well

1. Tomorrow it has been six weeks since Nora was born. Meaning tomorrow my disability ends, and my return to work day comes closer.
2. I am addicted to Doctor Who. This is surprising, since I generally hate science-fiction. But low budget space monsters and British humor? I can't get enough.
3. My grandmother has been here for the past week. It has been great, since I grew up with lots of family around and my biggest complaint about living in Colorado is that I don't have that support system here.
4. I miss Disneyland. 2.5 months isn't too young for a first D-land trip, is it?
5. I plan on working on a family tree in the next few weeks. I hope I can remember all the details. Mommy brain is painful real, y'all.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

One Month

I can't believe it's already been a month! Time does fly....


She is now 9 lbs and 21 inches long. She had her first bottle this week (I hate pumping, by the way. It makes me feel like a cow) and we left her with my mom this past Monday to take my sister out for her 21st birthday. Big week for the little lady!

Here are some pictures from the last few weeks:







And here are a few that a friend took for us - our first family photo shoot!