sharp relief.

My first (short) week at work is over, and I survived. Cora did reluctantly start taking the bottle okay, thanks to gargantuan effort from Matt, and it was a huge relief to get his texts about it as I was trying to get back into office life. I’m enormously glad she’s okay, and I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

Some parts of returning to work are wonderful: seeing my coworkers again, settling into a new desk, and being greeted with flowers, balloons, and doughnuts are all great things. Working from ye olde soulless suburban office park is not so great though. All the work I had put into getting my pumping space all ready to go in the old office is kaput, and the whole concept of pumping is now very different for me without the dedicated space for it. So that’s been disappointing to deal with, along with the lengthy commute and all the issues that our folks have with connectivity and supplies in this office. It’s a time of upheaval, and I hate that my people have had to (and continue to) weather that. But overall, I’m grateful and happy to be back working at a job I don’t hate in a life that I love.

And of course, as lucky as I am to be able to sufficiently bread-win, the best part of being the breadwinner will always be coming home every day to my sweet family. 💕

stuff Morella likes.

Current things that are Morella’s faves:

  • Ferris wheels
  • Blind bag toys
  • Hidden picture puzzles (Where’s Waldo, etc.)
  • Putting on puppet shows for her baby sister
  • Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir on Netflix
  • Chocolate ice cream
  • Swimming (the indoor pool on vacation was her raison d’être)
  • Jacobi (her friend from school)
  • Watermelon (mass quantities)
  • Correcting you on the proper name of each My Little Pony
  • Having raspberries blown on her belly (she asks to have this done; it is hilarious)
  • Popsicles (pronounced “popsills”)
  • “Arranging” (rearranging) the furniture in her dollhouse
  • Picking flowers for others every time she sets foot outside
  • Fish sticks
  • Asking if we’re going to the beach pretty much every day, regardless of season
  • Ketchup on everything

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all nightmarish on the western front.

Parental leave has been hellacious, and I don’t say that lightly. This is the first significant (longer than a couple weeks) break I’ve had from either work or school since the late nineties, so to say I was looking forward to it would be an understatement. Here’s a birth story and some haphazardly gathered notes from the front… Continue reading