So you may have already heard, but I have a new job! After 9 years of teaching Kindergarten I am "hanging up my hat" and beginning a new career path. A scary path, but one with lots of rewards. This was a hard decision, but something I've been wanting to try for about 2 1/2 years now. I am thinking of this new job as a promotion.
Today I met with my manager to discuss and prepare for my new position.
There are a few changes with this new job:
I'm taking a MAJOR pay cut.
This job requires nights and weekends, and there are no vacation days.
No sick days.
No raises; no quarterly bonuses. (didn't really get those anyway...)
You may be thinking - that really doesn't sound like a promotion - but let me introduce you to the people I'll be "managing"...
Well, hello there. Yes, I'm still here. I've wanted to blog, but honestly, who has the time? Between a newborn and a 2 1/2 year I know I sure don't. I had a whole post in my mind, but I'm honestly too tired to think at the moment. Here's a small sampling of what we've been up to:
Feeding: Campbell is on your basic 2.5 to 3 hour feeding schedule. I started pumping last week and he's been doing well with a bottle.
Sleeping: During the day, Campbell usually naps between most feeds. There is usually one feeding that he'll stay awake after for a little bit. Hopefully this will turn into the beginning of my schedule of eat.play.sleep. However, I'm not pushing it at the moment.
"Issues": As you may or may not know, Campbell has jaundice. After about 2 weeks if you are still jaundiced and you are exclusively breastfed then it is considered "breast milk jaundice." Evidently it is believed something in my milk (some protein I think) isn't breaking down the bilirubin as quickly. Interesting, huh?
The other "issue" - REFLUX! Now I figured this might happen because Warner had reflux. Basically Campbell is spitting up pretty much after every feeding, screaming when he burps, screaming when he lays down on his back, screaming when he feeds...you get the picture? :) It's the worst at night. Why is it always that way? Poor thing. I feel for him, but man is it hard on us too! Whew! I'm not going to lie, I think I blocked this stage out with Warner. We got a prescription for some Zantac today, so hopefully sweet boy will find some relief in the coming days! I know it helped Warner tremendously, so fingers crossed...
And to top it all off, my precious baby boy, Warner is starved for attention! He's doing well, all things considered, but sometimes it gets to me. I want to be able to do everything with him, but it's not possible and that's just how it goes. Having two kids is definitely tough. It's an adjustment for sure, but I know that in a blink of an eye Campbell will be a year old and I'll look back on it all and say, "where does the time go?" I also know that we have been blessed with 2 precious and perfect little boys that God made just for us. That makes everything (the loss of sleep, reflux, screaming, jaundice) completely worth it.
Oh, my sweet, sweet Warner. My precious baby boy. A mere nine months ago we took this picture announcing to the world that you were going to be a big brother.
Now the time has finally arrived. And you know what? Your mama is scared.
Scared for silly reasons, but scared nonetheless.
Do you know how much I love you? I love you deep, deep into my soul. I love you deep into my bones. You made me a Mommy. That will always make you so special and make me and your Daddy so grateful.
I guess I'm mainly worried about your reaction to your brother. You have always been so good with transitions. So easy. I've always ended up worrying more than necessary. And, I pray, this will be the same, but you have been our entire world for 2 1/2 years. I don't even remember a world without you in it. In fact, I've never been away from you for more than one night your entire life. I think that's what is making this even harder for me.
But, I know you are going to be a great big brother! You are already so helpful and sweet. Just looking at your big eyes makes my heart melt. I can't wait to see you with your brother. They say that the best gift you can give your child is a sibling. A best friend. A playmate.
So the next few days and even weeks might be a little rough for you, sweet boy. Mommy won't be able to do everything I usually do with you and that makes me sad. But I also know you won't even remember this time. You'll probably never remember not having a brother.
To paraphrase something a friend wrote on her blog when she was getting ready to have her second child:
I know there is enough room in my heart for Campbell, because you made it so big all by yourself, Warner.
(Thank you, Micah. I needed that.)
I love you, sweet boy! So much.
On a happier note - we spent the whole weekend celebrating the big brother to be! Look at the fun we had!
Yes, the dining room is not going to get decorated or finished by then.
However, a 9 months pregnant girl is allowed to do some planning, right?!
We'll just call it "nesting".
So when we moved into our house the previous owners had 3 rooms painted and the rest of the house left painted in that builders paint. You know what I'm talking about. Boring, but great for resale...obviously!
Anyway, I am a fan of color and I need color of some sort on each and every wall in this house. Dave even said he wants this house to be "bright and happy." Whoa.
So even though it's not going to happen over night, it will happen eventually.
Since my Mom surprised us with this table and bench for an unexpected housewarming gift, it's got my mind reeling with ideas for the dining room.
Chairs are one of my first thoughts, because we only have the bench to go with this. Do you know how expensive chairs are?! Wow. I'm thinking something with color, white, or seagrass. Not 100 % sure about that at the moment, so don't be expecting Thanksgiving dinner at our house just yet...
My actual priority is the color of the room. Like I said, only three rooms were painted in the entire house and the dining room was one of them.
Here is their color of choice...
They left the can, but I can't for the life of me tell you the name of the top of my head. It's a Sherwin Williams color. I do know that.
Some of you may love them color. Totally cool. Dave and I? Not so much.
So here are some color ideas. Tell me what you think.
Maybe even white?
I think white scares me because the wainscoting is already white.
So what do you think?
Oh and so you know...our den that comes off of the dining room is painted Humble Gold
and our kitchen is Hearts of Palm
(I wish it were a bit brighter, but it's one of those colors that looks different based on the light)