Monday, June 17, 2013

11 Weeks

Arlo is 11 weeks old today, which means this is my last week of maternity leave. Fortunately, Danny's work schedule is crazy, so he'll get to stay home with Arlo 2 or 3 days a week. The other days, Arlo will be with my mother-in-law. I'm obviously glad he'll be in good hands, but just thinking of being away from him for ten hours a day, 5 days a week makes me sick. I'll be missing out on fifty hours of his life every week. Heartbreaking. (Don't even think of rolling over for the first time at Grammy's house, kid.)

Running errands with Mama.

Arlo's reflux is under control, he smiles a million times a day, he's just starting to giggle while he's awake, and he's getting really, really fun. The enjoyable times outweigh the hectic ones (There, I said it. Newborns are stressful.)—so it freakin' sucks that I'm going back to work next week. Danny'll be home with Arlo my first day back, so it'll blow, but I guess it could be worse.

Lovin' his play mat, despite not being able to reach anything quite yet.
Do you see that dimple?? Ridiculous.
Clearly scheming. 

Yesterday was Father's Day, and I loved spending the day with my boys. Naturally, our lost babies—and the people who are still awaiting their miracles—were on my mind, but overall, it was a really happy day for us. It was a good reminder (like I really needed a reminder) of how lucky Arlo is to have a dad like Danny—who'd do anything in the world for him—especially in a day and age where so many people, myself included, grow up without a daddy.

Also true.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go stare at my baby.


jessica dukes said...

i LOVE the shirts! ill need those when my time comes, can i just borrow them??? haha love arlo!

Emmett Katherine said...

ok, Arlo looks so much like you! He has your eyes!! he is just so cute!! gah!

I'm glad you guys were able to enjoy father's day, Danny's shirt made me laugh.

Also bummed out for you that you have to go back to work, seriously 12 weeks is NOT enough time. I don't know, I find it strange that mat leave is so short in the US, especially compared to similar countries. I always assumed it was longer until I started reading baby blogs and forums, it really surprised me.

on a positive note it's awesome Arlo gets to hang out with dad and grandma, instead of having to go to daycare :)