Twelve Weeks…One Blink

Yesterday, I returned to work full-time.

You know what that means? It means my little man is twelve weeks old. Twelve Weeks!

I can’t believe it.

Wasn’t it just yesterday that he was breathing his first breath? Wasn’t it just a moment ago that I first looked into his perfectly blue eyes? It seems like it’s been just one heartbeat since I first heard his tiny cry.

Before he arrived, I was terrified. I didn’t know how I’d manage sleepless nights and baby cries. I couldn’t imagine operating day-to-day around a two-hour feeding schedule. I didn’t quite believe I’d be capable of taking care of another person. But then, somehow, it just happened.

Although some days were long and the nights were even longer, the minutes of baby smiles and coos flew by. And now, in just twelve short weeks, I feel like I’ve completely forgotten what life was like for the 31 years before March 6th, 2012. I just can’t imagine life without this little guy.

Baby Boy

While I’m sad and feeling a little bittersweet that my time at home with my little one is over, I’m excited at what the future will bring. I’m curious to see what working and being a mom will be like. I’m wondering how often I’ll go for a run, bake yummy treats, or sneak away for a drink with the girls – and how often I’ll opt to snuggle with him instead.

Right now, I’m not sure I’ll be able to balance life between raising my tiny family, volunteering, working and spending time with friends….but I’m excited to try. The last twelve weeks surprised and awed me. And I can’t wait to find out what’s in store for us….I just hope it doesn’t go by too fast.

P.S. Thanks for allowing me a short break from blogging on my last days of maternity leave. It all started with this last post and we’ve enjoyed a whirlwind 10 days since then. I’ll be sure to fill you in on all the fun we had over the next week or so.

Dream Job

Happy Monday, readers!

Sorry for the long absence, the last three weeks have been a little crazy! Naturally, the week our little boy arrived was an adventure. Then there was the week I was sick and stuck at the hospital (it was only four days but it felt like a week). And last week the little dude and I started getting used to each other. The schedule in our household was far from normal; I basically took the entire week to rest, snuggle with my little man, and try to learn his sounds, cues, cries, and sleep patterns. So far….. no luck. :) Just when you think you know what the sleep schedule is or what a little noise means, it changes. Thankfully, I have the next couple of months at home with the little dude to figure this out (or at least try to figure it out).

During this time at home (and now that I’m getting used to operating on zero sleep), I’m finding some free time when the little guy is zonked out from a milk overdose. To fill up these free minutes, I’ve done the usual time-wasters….reading blogs, commenting on Facebook, and reading article after article posted on Twitter. I’ve thumbed through parenting books and become intimidated by the vast amount of baby knowledge I lack. And I’ve done laundry (although I usually forget that I washed a load and realize several hours later that it never made it in the dryer and have to re-wash). However, as exciting as all that sounds, I’m getting a little bored.

I’ve started to think about ways to fill the snippets of time I have between diaper changes and the first thing I thought about was work. Then I started to wonder, what would I do if I didn’t have my job to return to? Note: I am returning to work and am pretty sure they’ll take me back when my leave is over. But, just for fun, I let my mind wander….how would I fill my days if I didn’t have to work?

Would I work anyway?  I do enjoy what I do….I get to travel just the right amount, work with graphic designers, try out new social media tools, brainstorm marketing campaigns, and even get to write a little. It’s a pretty good gig. But then I think, I could stay at home and raise my little boy….have a nice garden, do projects around the house, and steal minutes here and there to write a blog, listen to the Beatles, and down another cup of coffee (currently what I’m doing).

Or I could spend all my time working with philanthropies – fundraising, event planning, etc. Or I could go back to school and get a graduate degree in…something. I could be a running coach or become a yoga instructor. Or open a coffee shop and bakery. Or be a writer…. Hmmmm, I like the idea of all of those jobs, especially the writing one (now, if only I could write!).

While I’m not entirely sure what my dream job would be, I know that for the next couple of months I’m right where I need to be. I’m definitely going to get all I can out of being home with the tiny man and hope to fill the hours he’s slumbering with a little of everything above. Read a little, bake a little, start working on the garden, write a little, volunteer here and there, run, and keep up on the latest in my working world. Sounds like a pretty good job for the next couple of months to me.

How about you? What is your dream job? Are you doing it? If you aren’t, why not?


Thankful Thursday: Work

Today is my ‘work-iversary’! I’ve been with my company for six years today. 6!!

Thinking back over the last six years, a lot has happened. The spouse and I got married, we bought our first house, we grew our family by two furry children (our pug and mastiff), we traveled quite a bit, our friends started having kids, my husband changed jobs, my brother moved to California – then back to Wyoming – and then back to California, my sister had a baby, I started this blog, my parents both went back to college, I ran a marathon, we started competing in BBQ competitions, and now we’re expecting a baby! Whew!

I can honestly say that the person I am today is not the same person that was hired six years ago. I’ve been fortunate to be blessed with a job that has grown with me over the last six years in more ways than title changes and promotions alone. With each year, our company adapts to our ever-changing business environment and they given me the opportunities to grow and adapt with them.

My work (btw – I’m a marketing manager) allows me to be creative, to experience new places and people, to work from home, to learn and improve my skills, to have structure (and also flexibility), and to wake up most mornings motivated to take on new challenges.

In today’s tough economic times, I’d have to be crazy not to be truly thankful for my job. While there are certainly more glamorous types of employment out there in the world, I couldn’t ask for a position that better fits who I am today.

So, on today’s Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for work!! I hope if you have a job in these uncertain days of high unemployment that you take a minute today to appreciate your position and say, “Thanks!”

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Giving Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, naturally I’ve been reflecting on what I’m thankful for and how lucky of a girl I really I am. And since you all know how much I LOVE to make lists…I thought I’d make a list of the top 10 things I’m grateful for. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

1. Family – I hear so many people complain of “having” to spend the holidays with family. Driving or flying from this place to that and eating more than one Thanksgiving turkey (the outrage!) but I look forward to these busy (sometimes hectic) days. To see my siblings, parents, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents is a special experience that I treasure deeply. I live pretty far away from my East Coast fam and don’t get to see my Wyoming kin too often either so whether I’m looking over the Rocky Mountains with my dad, sis and brother or toasting wine with my cousins in Jersey, every time I get to spend with my family is truly, truly special. Also, I couldn’t ask for a better person to share my life, adventures and future with than the spouse :)

2. My Friends – My friends are the most hilarious, entertaining, talented and caring people I’ve ever met! I am so very lucky to be surrounded by a group of people that I’ve known since high school, befriended in college and met in recent years.

3. Pugs – Specifically, Barley. Need I say more than show you this photo? How could you not be thankful for this sweet animal (er…plant)!??

4. Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers – I absolutely adore RCPM (especially Jim….guitar players…get me every time). Catching every concert possible on the Front Range, I attempt to meet the band every time and surprisingly they’ve started to remember me! (Uh, oh….here comes that crazy girl Steve Larson* warned us about). I LOVE them and if you don’t know them, GO HERE to give a listen. You’re Welcome.*stevelarson is their ex-guitarist

5. The FC – Rated as Money magazine’s 6th Best Town to Live in, helping earn the Front Range the “Napa Valley of Beers” status, a ten minute drive to the Rocky Mountains, and a plethora of local restaurants… just doesn’t get better than Fort Collins. I’m so grateful to live in this town. In what other town could you take your dog for a run….to a microbrewery!? (The FC is also rated in the Top 10 Active Towns to live in, has been high-ranked on the Most Pet-Friendly cities in recent years AND….AND we’re the home of Odell & New Belgium Breweries).

6. Christmas – From November 1 to December 25th, I’ll be the jolliest a**hole this side of the nuthouse :)

7. My Health – Recently, I’ve become much more appreciative of my health, something I’ve taken for granted in the past. As 30 quickly approaches and I start to snap, crackle and pop with every limb movement, I’m reminded to be thankful for a body that allows me to push myself to pretty extreme physical limits, learn to golf with my spouse and lets me dance, dance, dance to Ke$ha (alone, when no one is watching).

8. My Job – In these tough economic times, everyone should be thankful if they are employed! I can say I’m truly thankful for my job!! They send me awesome places like Vegas, Boston and other great locations and I get to meet and work with a lot of great people! Also, without my job I couldn’t have the home I live in, enjoy all the great food I am lucky enough to get to eat (and pad myself with) and all the other things I enjoy and am so very, very thankful for.

9. Food, Coffee & Red Wine – I LOVE to eat! Who doesn’t right? Between the Food Network, my spouse’s culinary wizardry, the Kilted Pig, my own kitchen adventures and all of the amazing restaurants I get to go to….my world is literally controlled by what, when and where I get to eat. Add a cup of joe in the morning and good glass of red wine in the evening and that pretty much sums up what I think about all day (good thing I’ve got #7 to work it all off).

10. YOU!!! Blog readers – I appreciate you visiting my page, reading my sometimes incoherent ramblings and supporting me with your comments and continued visits.

Thank you & Happy Thanksgiving!!!