Monday, June 29, 2015

12 weeks {of Maternity Leave}

Rosie is 12 weeks old today, and it also marks the beginning of my 12th week of maternity leave.  I said after Patrick was born (and it worked out that I went back to work right after he turned 12 weeks old) I would never ever take less than 12 weeks of maternity leave.  This is what I'm allowed legally by FMLA, and even if I had to get docked in pay for most of it, I'd still take the full 12 weeks.

Well, as 12 weeks has come (far too quickly, if you ask me!) with my second kiddo, I can most definitely echo that sentiment: 12 weeks (or more!  I'd take TONS MORE if I could get them!  Ha!) is the absolute earliest I will go back to work (in person, not working remotely as I did for the first 6 weeks of my maternity leave) after having a kiddo.  There is no way I was ready to go back to work at 8 weeks (when c-section mamas are officially cleared to return), and only in the past few days have I thought, "Okay, we're in a pretty good routine right now, Rosie is sleeping oh-so-good both at night and for a nap during the day, I could go back to work." 

12 weeks really is the ideal time for me to go back to work.  And next week I will be back at work for 2 weeks getting some tech stuff done and ready for the school year to start, then off for another 2 weeks, then back at it full time the first week in August.

Honestly, I cannot believe how fast these 12 weeks have gone.  I swear, I blinked, and BOOM.  Rosie is 12 weeks old (3 months next week!  WHAT?!!!) and I'm getting ready to go back to work.  It's bittersweet.  I love watching her grow up and learn new things and interact with her big brother, but I also am trying to savor the time I have been fortunate enough to have at home with both her and Patrick and really make as many memories as we can in the time we have together.

I would love to be able to stay home full time with both of these kiddos, but it's not in the financial cards for us right now.  And, truth be told, I do absolutely love my job and what I do with educational technology every day, which is why I feel so torn about going back to work!  I want to go back, because I love what I do, but I also hate the thought of going back because I won't get to spend every minute at home with my burritos anymore and that makes me sad.  GAHHHH!  Why is life so hard sometimes?!

Anyways, I just wanted to put in words for future Alex's sake that 12 weeks off is absolutely ideal.  If you can get more, awesome--but don't ever take less than 12, otherwise you'll regret it.  Until the US catches up to the rest of the world and gives better maternity leave and coverage, I'll be happy and content with the 12 glorious weeks I get off after I have a baby.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Rosie's Baptism

Today we celebrated Rosie's baptism!  Fun fact: Patrick was baptized exactly 2 years ago from tomorrow (and Lizzy 1 year ago tomorrow!)--so June 28th and 29th are easy dates to remember for our burritos baptisms!  Wasn't that smart on our parts to do them so close together?!  I think so.

Anyways, so we woke up today and got both kiddos ready for church--a feat we had yet to even attempt with both of them (we usually have been taking just one).  I told Mike I think we'd have better luck with cooperation out of Patrick sitting in the pew rather than in the cry room--in the cry room he wouldn't sit still and just be running around, which means we'd be chasing and shushing him and not paying attention--so we elected we'd try to all sit in the pew and hopefully he'd be better behaved.

So we wrangled both kids into their Sunday best--literally for Rosie! How cute is she in the baptismal gown both Patrick and myself wore?!--and headed out to church.  We were going to attend 11am mass before the 12:15pm baptism, so we got to church just in time.  I'll spare you the church details, but Patrick was pretty darn good sitting in the general population in the pews, and Rosie slept the entire time until she woke up and ate for a bit before her show got underway.

Rosie was a GEM for her entire baptism!  Not one tear (she did spit up all over me right as it started.  Lovely.) or cry--she was calm as a cucumber and so good the entire time! 

Her lovely Godparents--my bestie Lauren and Mike's brother Danny--were looking good up there with us too.  It was a neat day for them to experience as well.

the best family picture we got.

The baptism took almost an hour (WHAT?!!  SO.LONG.) because we lucked out with our favorite long-winded priest :)  It was nice all of the little stories and such he did, but boy, my arm was killing me afterwards cause I was holding this 16 pound dense sack of flour it felt like.

Rosie did get completely slathered with the chrism oil--like so much it ran into her face and eyes, and was all over her gown and my dress.  Literally, the priest put three giant globs on her head!  It was an intense amount of oil, most I've ever seen put on a kid at a baptism!

Overall, the baptism went really well and it was so nice to have Rosie officially part of our church and to have so many awesome friends and family come out to support her!  We had a great time at the baptism, and then a wonderful lunch and after party at my parents following the ceremony.  The weather was absolutely perfect and was so nice we were able to eat and chit chat outside as well.

Both Rosie and Patrick had delayed naps (oops) and were still sleeping well past 5pm--they indeed partied hard today.  We just had a wonderful family day all around and it was such a special day for Rosie and her entering the Catholic faith!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Memory Lane: College Edition

Not long after I published my memory lane post, I found myself sifting through the hundreds of gigabytes of photos I had saved of my external hard drive, many of them from my college days.

So, lucky you, I thought I'd do a little memory lane: college edition post with some of my favorite pics from my college years (lucky me, I went to two colleges since I transferred after my junior year).   I believe all of these pics were taken on an actual digital camera--this was longggggg before smartphones, and just when camera phones (with super crappy cameras) were starting to become popular.  I wonder a lot what my college years would have been like if they were now with iPhones and social media galore (Facebook started my sophomore year in college, and didn't really take off with photo sharing and such until a few years later--plus the SIU softball team got banned from being on Facebook because of some shady posts, therefore we didn't get to use we resorted to point-and-shoot pics and email! Ha!).  Probably would have looked a little different...and perhaps a little more incriminating!  Haha!

Anyways, if no one else reads/looks at this post, at least I'm playing into my nostalgia this week with a little jaunt down the past--more than 10 years ago!

ER is hands down my favorite show EVER, and right before I started college I got to visit the {outdoor} set in Burbank, CA and it was like my best day ever.  I wish I'd have taken more pics!!

I have always loved Halloween.  This was probably my most risque Halloween costume ever.  Ha.

My freshman year at SIU we went to Hawaii for a tournament and it was awesome.  I have no recollection on how we played, just all of the fun non-softball activities we got to partake in.

Backstory behind this pic: at UMSL we got one meal a day when we were on the road, so needless to say we were STARVING at night, so we rebelled and ordered a pizza and drank soda (also a no-no) and then snapped a rebellious pic! 

Our last game ever as seniors--this was just outside of Madison, Wisconsin on our last road trip.

I finished my softball career on a high note at UMSL--being awarded all-conference and all-region honors.

Ahhhhh, there's a fun little walk down memory lane in my college years.  Crazy to think about that I started college 12 years ago!  I say it all the time about my kiddos how fast time goes with them, but honestly, it's flying by in all regards!  It'd be okay if it'd slow down a tad--take note time :)
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