I’ve been back at work for just over a week now. I was very apprehensive about going back and it’s been an interesting experience. Here’s what I’ve learned:

* When working the early shift, I’m the only one with problems about leaving. Jeff is awesome, and P loves her daddy.
* Downside to working an early shift is that P is still asleep most of the time, and she’s at her happiest in the morning. (A morning person… she can’t be our baby! Neither of us are morning people!)

* The late shifts are much harder for all three of us. By about 6:30-7:00pm, P starts to get cranky and tired. She just wants her mommy! When I get home late in the evening, she clings to me in a way that breaks my heart.

Sadly, there’s no way I can arrange my schedule so that I’m home early every evening. So for now, we’re getting through as best we can. I submitted a proposal at work to create a position that I could telecommute, but there’s a lot of legal hoops to jump through before something like that could be approved. Even working a late shift, to be able to step out of the office on my lunch break to console and feed my daughter would be an amazing thing. So I’m hoping things will progress on that front.

I’m SO very grateful when the weekend comes, where we can sleep in past 6am and my daughter and I get to have lots of giggles and smiles together. All of my immediate family is in town today, so I’m looking forward to catching up with my siblings and giving P lots of play time with her aunts, uncles and cousin!

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