14 January 2012

Back to work

Today was unexpectedly my first day back at work and I feel a little guilty saying this but it felt good to be back. I wasn't suppose to go back until the 19th but a co-worker needed me to fill in so I did. Everyone was so happy to see me and I actually missed them a little. I didn't realize how much everyone likes me (or at least pretends to) until today. It was nice to interact with other adults and nice to have different responsibilities throughout the day. Today was also Matts first day with the baby without me there, but  he spent the day at his parents. He did well but Natalie was pretty fussy all day, which is strange since she is usually so calm during the day. I'm wondering if any moms have some advice on cranky babies? She will usually sleep so great during the day (with the exception of today, coincidentally while I was at work) and then at night she seems to either be really uncomfortable or just trying to fight going to bed. I can't figure out why. Should I try and keep her awake during the day? If she's tired she's tired and I feel bad trying to keep her up which usually leads to her being cranky anyway. I know I can't necessarily get her on a schedule this early but I wish it weren't such a struggle to get her to sleep at night.

My mother in law texted me this picture today. She looks so long! I swear she grew while Mommy was away.

36 Thoughts :

Marjorie January 14, 2012 at 8:46 PM  

Yes, I think the same thing. I enjoyed the time off, but it's nice to get back to a "normal" routine (whatever that means). For me I found my kids were always fussy at night whether they slept or not during the day. Bedtime routines help: eat, bath, swaddled, book, bed.

Oh and can our babies stop growing so fast? ;)

LOVE MELISSA:) January 14, 2012 at 9:20 PM  

Back to work already- wow! That went quick. I wish I had some advice but know it does get better. Hayley was like that and at 10 weeks, she magically got her days/nights in order and began to sleep 12 hours each night.

Melanie January 14, 2012 at 9:41 PM  

Oh she is a living doll! She's surely going to be a super model!

Gosh mama, it's so hard especially when they are that little. But the best advice I could give you is consistancy & a pretty regular routine. She'll adapt... eventually. Lol. AND sleep whenever you can!

Gina January 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM  

don't try to keep her awake during the day. Let her sleep when she is tired. I have read many many places (because payton had a 1 month refusing to sleep stint) that if babies dont sleep enough during the day they can become overtired and restless and wont sleep at night. Let her nap when she is tired. At about 6 weeks payton started sleeping through the night and did until 6mos (we took a trip out of town and it messed her up) and we are just now getting her back to sleeping. Good luck!

Amy January 14, 2012 at 10:35 PM  

I think you may have entered the "witching hour(s)" phase of newbornhood. At least that was what I was told when we had the same problem. It started at about 6 weeks for us and didn't go away til about 12 weeks. We never really figured out what was causing it, but tried a variety of things to keep her happy, her personal favorite, dance party with the baby Bjorn. Good Luck, this phase can be rough, but it to will pass :)

Life Happens January 15, 2012 at 1:16 AM  

Do you swaddle her when she's sleeping?? We did for my son and it worked great (I know every baby is different). I would suggest trying to keep her awake more during the day. Or maybe skip the late afternoon nap so then she'll be really tired at bed time.

Caiti January 15, 2012 at 7:39 AM  

She is so cute! I don't think you should feel guilty for enjoying your time at work. :)

Shannon January 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM  

I agree with Gina. Well, except for the sleeping through the night piece. At 14 weeks, we still get up once a night to feed Taylor. But it's not bad.

And like you, I enjoyed going back to work. I miss Taylor like crazy during the day, but when I get home, I just want to snuggle her like mad. I think it makes our time together that much more special. At least I hope so! :)

brit January 15, 2012 at 1:48 PM  

Wow she's getting so big! It's amazing how fast they grow!

Ali January 15, 2012 at 2:48 PM  

She is precious!!! What size clothes is she wearing?

Amanda @ New Adventures January 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM  

Glad your happy to be back at work. I always hope that women get to do what they truly want and be happy with it whether that means staying at home or going to work! She is such a cutie. Hope her fussiness is just a very short stage :)

Rose January 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM  

It sounds like Natalie just missed her mama! :) More pictures please, that little girl is so adorable!

Venassa January 15, 2012 at 7:36 PM  

My daughter is the opposite - I have a hard time getting her to nap. I dont know what you're routine is with her, but if you stick to the same one it's easier. With Chloe it's bath as soon as she gets fussy, then bottle shortly after and she usually can put herself to sleep eating now. I know it's different for everyone but this works great for us - its hardly ever a fight at bedtime.
I look forward to going back to work (just a little) because I miss adult interaction and I miss the people. I'm glad to hear you were so missed. It must make you feel great.

marie January 16, 2012 at 12:16 AM  

My only advice is to never wake a sleeping baby. I always felt that with my babies the more they slept, the more they slept (make sense?). When they were Natalie's age I just wanted them up by about 7 or 8 pm. Then I would bathe, feed, and play with them until about 10 or so. Then I usually only had to wake once during the night and then again at 6. All babies are different but I never ever woke my babies. Hope this helps.

Fabrizia Spinelli January 16, 2012 at 4:39 AM  

Such a great post, I like it!!!She's beautiful!

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Krista January 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM  

Don't feel guilty! Motherhood is hard work and a change of pace can certainly be welcome! Glad your glad to be back :) Best of luck with the sleeping issue....my youngest is almost 3 and we still have issues! Hoping yours won't last that long :)

Ann Porteous January 16, 2012 at 5:25 PM  

Congrats on going back to work! do not feel guilty!
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Ann Porteous January 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM  

Wow love your blog... congrats on going back to work! sleeping is always hard. takes a while for everyone to adjust.
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momto8 January 16, 2012 at 7:15 PM  

she looks pretty content there!
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Amanda January 16, 2012 at 7:37 PM  

Glad you're having a good transition back to work! Your little munchkin is so darn cute!!!

Danielle-Marie January 16, 2012 at 11:32 PM  

How wonderful that you're enjoying being back at work! Little lady is probably just having a cranky day. Just like the rest of us, every day can't be a perfect one. I'm sure it will pass and if I were you, I'd let her sleep when she's tired. Especially at her wee age.

Playoutsidegal January 17, 2012 at 12:26 AM  

I'm glad the first day went well! She was probably cranky because she was missing you! If she's sleeping a LOT during the day and not well at night, she may still have day-night confusion. Some kids take longer than others to get over it. A good way of dealing with that, is to make sure she gets sunlight first thing in the morning - it sets the clock in her brain and tells her, "Dude, it's morning!" When it was too cold for a walk, I just put baby on our big chair by the window and let her roll around on a blanket. Ok, maybe she wasn't rolling that young, but she soaked up the sun while she made adorable baby sounds. I also took both my girls outside after breakfast to play outside and though I complain sometimes (it's my nature), they sleep better than most of my friends' kids. Hope that helps!

Chaton T. Turner January 17, 2012 at 7:58 AM  

If you're breastfeeding she probably misses you. Happened to me when I returned to work. After two weeks I had my sweet little cherub back! Best of luck to you! (http://chatonsworld.blogspot.com)

Chaton T. Turner January 17, 2012 at 7:59 AM  

Hang in ther. She probably misses you!

Unknown January 17, 2012 at 10:02 AM  

What a sweetie! Moms make choices everyday that benefit everyone:) Don't feel guilty! Thanks for stopping by! Now following back!

Anonymous January 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM  

OMG she's adorable!!!!

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Anonymous January 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM  

I'm the same huni, I work 2 days a week and I quite enjoy it. Getting out the house and talking to other people, it's nice. Although I am lucky I work right across from where I live :D so never far away x

Over-the-Road Photos January 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM  

Hi, I am a new follower of your blog. I can relate to your story; however, I was the daddy in my circumstance, staying home with my daughter when my wife went back to work. I hope you will check out my blog and follow me when you get a chance.

renegademothering January 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM  

Hi, new follower. Love your blog. I have three kids and I work and go to grad school to SURVIVE. I absolutely need my time...so enjoy! :) I know it makes me a better mom when I'm here (in my case). All kinds of respect for SAHMs, sometimes I wish I had it in me...

Unknown January 18, 2012 at 10:44 PM  

hi sean! i just came across your blog, and i love it :) your daughter is adorable!!


ajs {of MN} January 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM  

good for you in going back to work! i would LOVE my part time job back. also... my opinion is this on napping if baby wants to nap 10 times during the day, let them- when they are tired they need sleep thats where they do all their growing.

Holly January 19, 2012 at 8:24 PM  

Glad your first day went ok. :) Perhaps the reason she was cranky was just because it was different to what she was used to? I don't know, I hope you sort it out. :)

P! January 20, 2012 at 7:42 PM  

Wow, HAPPY to be back at work?! I can't imagine what that's like- haha, but I'm glad it went so well for you. Wish I had advice in the nugget department, but alas, I know nothing! Hopefully you'll get that all resolved very soon. So happy to be back to blogging and seeing how awesome your life is. :)

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jessicaclarke January 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM  

All my kids got super gassy at night which made them cranky I would push their legs up to help worth a try