Archive for January, 2006
Well, I finally went back to work last week. After just under five weeks of staying at home, it was time to re-join civilization and get back into the swing of things. Now, as someone whose lifestyle can be described as "workaholic", I wondered how I’d handle the time off. Could I really get away? Admittedly, at first, I didn’t break away 100%, but as it turns out, I got a lot further than I expected and that made all the difference. Of course, I needed to set some ground rules. I made a promise that I wouldn’t send more e-mails than change diapers. That helped limit my connecting to work and, once I got settled, I realized what a godsend this time was. Being able to skip out of work is something I will truly treasure forever and I have gained a bond with Iris that makes me feel better about my role in her life. By spending this extra time with her, I feel like I actually know her.
To comemmorate this time and in the spirit of the 12 days of Christmas, I have my own 12 gifts that were given to me (yeah, I know it says "34 days" up above, but I have to go back to work, remember?). No, this isn’t in song format–I save my singing for Iris–but there’s an even dozen and that should work fine.
–12 straight years of watching "It’s a Wonderful Life" on Christmas Eve (and first with Iris!). Like several years past, Cherise dozes off and wakes up at the same time George Bailey does.
–11 relatives coming to visit Seattle, many for the first time. Whether it was watching my dad’s eye light up or see Cherise’s brother take to Iris so quickly and easily, family was definitely the highlight.
–10 nights of staying up until at least 3am to make sure Cherise didn’t have to wake up (and making sure Iris slept soundly through the night).
–9 episodes of Blind Date to provide background noise for Iris and entertainment for Daddy (I love being married!)
–8 bottles of wine knocked off by me & the in-laws. Actually, I lost count at eight. What can I say–they’re cool in-laws.
–7 renditions of the Coldplay Cure (though Iris is starting to turn her fancy to Dave Matthews…)
–6 boxes from the Baby Gap courtesy of my brother with an assist from some of his friends that know how to shop for baby clothes.
–5 shots given by the nurse while Daddy had to hold Iris close (as mommy had to look away from the needle)
–4 generations of women under one roof on Christmas Eve, something I was really excited about given I never even really knew my grandparents and now Iris gets to see her great grandmother!
–3 books/novels read while rocking Iris to sleep
–2 Seahawks football games in person (with the Titans having a rough year, at least I got to see one winning team)
–1 big thank you to Microsoft for letting me have this time.
Now, I return to work with mixed emotions. Being away helped me remember a lot of the things that made my job so fun. But I’ll miss spending time with my "little cub". Actually, in some ways, I think I’ll miss the time I got to spend with Cherise even more. She remains to this day the most wonderful person I know. If I wasn’t sure about that before, watching her be a mother to Iris confirms it. Raising Iris with her makes this entire experience that much more rewarding and has me excited about the times ahead.