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A great day to be on mat leave.

Posted Apr 23 2009 5:26pm
Today was one of those perfect Ontario fall days - leaves turning, sun shining, air just brisk enough to warrant a turtleneck sweater...love it. Addie and I spent more time outdoors than in today, running errands, walking the dog, enjoying a Star.bucks run. I'm determined to really enjoy the fall because once winter comes, it's going to be much harder to get out for these enjoyable, leisurely walks. Once the snow flies our trips outside are going to be a lot more purposeful (re: give Quincy a quick, around the block pee break).

I'm really enjoying being "off" with Addie - we're having so much fun (well, to be honest, we have SO much fun *most* of the time) and she's just growing so fast. She's "talking" now, the kind of baby babble that doesn't sound like anything you've ever heard before, but is still so communicative. She's starting to blow raspberries and squeal - adorable. She's also putting absolutely EVERYTHING in her mouth, including my cheeks and chin when she manages to latch on. I can't believe how much she has changed since she was born. This is the stage I was waiting for back when things were so tough in the beginning - this is the light at the end of the tunnel for sure. Now I want things to slow down. I love her gummy smile and it makes me a little sad to know that in a couple of months she'll have teeth so her smile, while still precious, will look different. I love her wobbly legs when I prop her up to standing, and how she kicks her legs in her bath, and how she still suckles in her sleep sometimes.

I also realized today that in a few short weeks I'll be halfway through my maternity leave (technically parental leave). Nine months isn't feeling like a long time now. And then she'll be going to daycare...*sigh*. I actually hate the idea of her going to daycare right now - I can't imagine someone else spending more time with her than me. That makes me sad. But who knows what the next few months will bring. Maybe it will be easier to "let go" once she's a little older, and maybe not. For now I'm just going to enjoy each and every day, and soak it all in.

Well, I'm off to grab some dinner before she decides nap time is over. Hope everyone is having a great day. Tune back in tomorrow for a special anniversary announcement...
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