Monday, August 18, 2008

We did it!

We survived the first day back at work. Thank you everyone for your thoughts on the matter. I had my BIL come and hang out for the first 2 hours and while it was a bit painful, I managed without him so I sent him home. During the two hour break, Brad came home with lunch (yummy smoked meatloaf sandwich) and a mocha! Ahh, sugar and caffeine blended with ice. Just what I needed. Seeing Brad was great too.

The first two hours were a bit stressful because she was awake and alert for most of it. She spent some time in a chair that rocks when she kicks her feet. When the toys are attached from a bar, she can make the toys rock. Just yesterday, she put this together so that kept her entertained for a bit. Some of the time I had her in a sling, happily sucking away although not really eating. She also spent some time laying on her back. I would talk to her while I could and the rest of the time she would just stare off into space. I hate that look. She looks depressed or that she has given up on me ever responding to her. I hope it is ok for her brain development. I keep thinking of the billions of connections being built right now.

The second two hours were easier. During the 2 hour break, she kept wanting to fall asleep. I would let her and then put her down. In about 10 minutes she would wake up (she hates to sleep alone) and we would have about 30 minutes of happy time before she would get fussy and we would repeat the process. When it came time to work, I kept her in the sling and was able to work while she slept.

The downside is that we have had record high temperatures and we don't have air conditioning. Here I am, trying to work in an 86 degree house with a baby strapped to my front. We were both dripping sweat. About 30 minutes before I was scheduled to get off, I couldn't take it anymore, so I put her down. She woke up about 20 minutes later and I still had to call a customer back - so back into my lap she goes. Fortunately, after an initial call, I was able to get off the phone and remote in.

All in all, I think it was a success. I am not looking forward to tomorrow because the first two hours were pretty stressful, but maybe we will keep getting better at it. I am still getting my new pc up and running as I like it and that added to the stress this morning.

Afterward, we did our best to get comfortable by cooling down with a wet washcloth.

The other success today is that even though I was working and not paying enough attention to her, I was still able to catch the majority of her eliminations. I am just loving doing the "elimination communication" stuff. It is just amazing to have her communicate her discomfort, put her on the potty and have her go. When I mess it up and misread her intentions, she straightens her legs and screams - so I know right away she didn't really need to go. When I get it right, she quiets right down and gets busy. Not to brag (yeah, I'm bragging), but a few days ago we caught 9 out of her first 9 eliminations. The funny thing is that she went 9 times in only four hours. We were out and about after that and I only caught one more, but I think it was a new record.

Well, enough for now. I am afraid I have become one of those people who can go on and on about pooping and peeing. Wait until I can post pics of our camping trip. She went potty in the woods!

13 comments:

MrsSpock said...

I like to think that if you are a mother who is worried about brain development, you are probably giving your child more than enough attention to stimulate it.

I'm curious- how does she signal that she has to tinkle?

Glad work turned out to be OK.

Fertilized said...

Kami - That is Fantastic! Look at you super mom multitasking away. I am curious about Mrs spock's question also.

Irish Girl said...

She is such a cute baby girl, Kami. I love how you're writing these days. So happy! :)

Jill said...

It's actually good for her to have some alone time to amuse herself. that's a whole different set of brain development. THey're now saying that too much 'stimulation' just stresses kids out. When they were worried about stimulation, it was really aimed at moms that just put their kid in a bouncy seat all day and didn't interact. So some happy medium between neglect and stressing them out is good. :)

Ben is really good at entertaining himself now and my friends are amazed. I love watching his little brain put things together and figure out something to do... I think it's good for them!

Anyway, it's good your first day at work went well! I hope today is good too. :)

Jill said...

It's actually good for her to have some alone time to amuse herself. that's a whole different set of brain development. THey're now saying that too much 'stimulation' just stresses kids out. When they were worried about stimulation, it was really aimed at moms that just put their kid in a bouncy seat all day and didn't interact. So some happy medium between neglect and stressing them out is good. :)

Ben is really good at entertaining himself now and my friends are amazed. I love watching his little brain put things together and figure out something to do... I think it's good for them!

Anyway, it's good your first day at work went well! I hope today is good too. :)

familyoftwo98 said...

LOL--she went potty in the woods.

I think that as time goes on and you get "used to" the first two hours they will be equally unstressful. You are in new and un charted territory is all.

Congrats on surviving day 1!!!

Summer said...

Yay! Sounds like it went pretty well for the first day.

And I want to put in one more vote for hearing more about EC and what signals you are looking for.

midlife mommy said...

What a cutie!

It sounds like you did just fine on your first day back. It takes awhile, but you will get a rhythm going.

Sky said...

Awesome news Kami! It might be a little tough sometimes, but you'll swing it!

Lanie said...

Hey Kami! I know its not YOUR first time, but I'm nominating you for a Pink Rose award anyway. : )

Geohde said...

For some reason I keep mentally substituting 'wee wrangling' for EC. Goodness knows why.

I can't imagine how tough it must be to be back working already. Your daughter is beautiful,

xx

J

Panamahat said...

Hey Kami, I think you are doing a great job. You go brag all you want, Mama!

Peeveme said...

She is beautiful. I want to eat up that baby belly! I would to haev been able to be at home with a baby, work, and catch eliminations. I'm very impressed.

Amber