Today is rainy and windy, so I’m glad I saw so many flowers during my excursion Wednesday to Longwood Gardens (see photo). A few other notes from the week:
The baby is growing. A lot. He weighed 8 lbs 2.75 oz. at his one-month appointment. This is exactly two pounds more than he weighed at his 4-day weight check. Gaining an ounce a day is not bad! He seems big to me now, though I have been pondering that I have actually given birth to a baby (kid #2) weighing more than that.
I discovered a nursing/pumping/multi-tasking hack. This may be obvious to others, but it wasn’t to me. I always thought of nursing and pumping as separate activities. I was getting frustrated by using non-baby time to pump (to keep my supply up, build a freezer stash, and have milk for the occasional times when I am gone). But then I realized I could pump on one side while feeding on the other. I only really do this during the 4/5 a.m. feeding, but this means I don’t have to make time for pumping during the morning routine.
I registered the 5-year-old for kindergarten. In Off the Clock, I mention my every-few-years pilgrimage to our district’s central office as an example of an occasion to celebrate “time dividends.” We bought a house where we did in order to send our children to excellent local public schools. Registering takes about an hour to get there, show the kid’s birth certificate and immunization record, maybe 2 hours tops if you count the time it took to find all my documents proving residency and to fill out a few online forms. This is much less than the time it would take to apply to private school, let alone earn the money to pay tuition. I have never taken the week off after registering a kid for kindergarten, but if I did, I’d still be ahead.
I went for a walk with a friend. She texted to see if I could meet her, and I could! I even managed to fit the walk, and picking the middle schooler up after musical practice, in between baby feedings. Major win.
And some challenges….
I am tired. I mean, I have a newborn, but even with the night nurse service. I’m doing my best to get completely ready for bed before they start at 10 p.m. Then I can dive right into bed and sleep until the 4/5 a.m. feeding. (I pump a bottle for the 1 a.m. one). It’s a bit harder for me to go back to sleep after that, but I’m trying not to run through the mental gymnastics of activity tetris, or work stresses, while in bed. Trying. The lack of sleep is one reason that…
I feel stupid while trying to sing complicated French music. My choir is singing a bunch of Poulenc at an upcoming concert. It’s challenging and not always melodic. So I have to think about the intervals, and practice, and I haven’t been devoting much time to that.
We keep going back and forth on the housing situation. This means I waste time I don’t have looking at online real estate listings. There is no perfect answer here, and every answer is going to require a lot of time and mental bandwidth, which I don’t feel are plentiful at the moment.
My inbox. Oh dear. Let’s just leave it at that.
How’s your week going?