I still have maternity days left to use. I will be taking them in the coming months. All of them. And here’s what I have to say about it:
Before you begin to (or while you openly) resent me, remember that the only reason I have this extra maternity time to use is because for a month and a half immediately after Henry was born I had a long, raw, down-to-the-uterus-deep wound that kept me homebound and severely hindered my ability to bond with my newborn son for weeks. I’d rather I weren’t so lucky.
If work offered me another 800 days of paid leave I’d take it and feel exactly the way Joey feels about eating his date’s cake. And I wouldn’t even bother wiping the frosting off of my face.
Last time we talked, I was pregnant, had a baby, and was about to go back to work. I’ve now gone back to work, have an almost-nine-month-old, and plan to resume talking all about it here.
In the meantime, I’ve started a Measured in Weeks Twitter page: www.twitter.com/measuredinweeks. There I’ll be minimommyblogging and trying to be better about keeping Henry’s fans informed about how awesome he is.
Henry tweets at www.twitter.com/babyofnewyork.
Tim goes back to work tomorrow. Henry and I will miss him very much. Send a good thought or two if you can spare them, mostly to Tim. (I’ll have tissues, Dawson’s Creek, and a beautiful baby to help me get through it.)
Yesterday I watched the episode of Friends in which Rachel brings baby Emma home from the hospital. Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe stand in front of the bassinet, admiring the sleeping baby. Rachel says:
“I can’t get enough of her. Like right now, I miss her. I actually miss her.”
It happens. And it’s so weird. And so lovely that sometimes I can barely stand it.
In his 11 weeks Henry has acquired the following nicknames:
Pumpkin (the follow-up to Peanut)
Munchkin (Tim’s favorite)
Henry Henry (my favorite)
I also laden him with the following:
Cutest baby in the world
I’m sure he has nicknames for me too. The only one I know he calls me is Milk Machine.
Henry on June 2:
Henry on July 2:
Next month we’ll be taking him for his driving test.