Friday, August 2, 2013

How I Spent My Maternity Leave

This is my third go-round with an infant. I am, by no means, an expert. But a lot of people have told me...and I've decided I agree...that by the third one, you're much more relaxed. So, at first, I did the "sleep while the baby sleeps" thing. Then reality set in. There was still laundry and dishes and all the other stuff that wouldn't get done if I didn't do it. 

Now I'm back to being a little more relaxed. I spend way too much time on the internet. I spent way too much money online shopping. Which I really need to stop because these last few weeks are unpaid. 

I watched the first six seasons of PSYCH. If you've never watched this show, you need to do it now. So funny. Dule Hill and James Roday are the best. I downloaded season seven yesterday, but I'm not looking forward to the break-up of Shules.

And even though I've watched them all more than twice already, I started THE SIMPSONS. I'm in the middle of season ten, I think. I started with season 3, though. My kids watch these with me and can quote them as well as I can.

As a Kickstarter backer of the Veronica Mars movie, I felt it was my duty to rewatch that also. I don't think I'm going to make it through all three seasons before I go back to work, but I should at least have them watched before the movie comes out. I'm almost done with season one now. I forgot how kind of annoying the Lily Cane storyline was. There's so much repetition. I guess they had to do that to drag it out for the whole season.

There have also been countless movies and a newfound love of Hoda Kotb (but not Kathie Lee). I even found time to take up walking. I try to do it every day, but...meh. I managed to get back down to my pre-baby weight, so I'm happy with that. I would be happier if I could lose about ten more pounds. That won't happen as long as I continue to survive on Poptarts, pizza rolls and Heath pieces. But what are you going to do?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Babies and Books and Boobs

I wanted to write this post at the beginning of my maternity leave and I really was going to talk about boobs. Well, in the form of breast feeding, but whatever. So I'll just say I have strong opinions about it and if you ever want someone to tell you NOT to do it, hit me up. 

Anyway, so...yeah. I'm on the downhill slide of maternity leave. I'm trying not to think about it. I would really rather not go back to work. But until someone will pay me to stay home and write books, it's not going to happen. I like money too much. Spending it, anyway. And it's really, really nice to have health insurance. Do you have any idea what it costs to have a baby?! It's kind of crazy and in the $10K range. That's the low side, I think. Luckily I do have insurance that helps a lot with that.

Oh yeah. There's a baby now too. She's pretty awesome and I wouldn't mind being able to hang out with her a little more. Around 3 months is when they start to get interesting. Like now, she smiles and looks at me like I'm crazy, but there's so much more she'll start doing.

But I'm not one of those mothers who feels guilty about working and missing out on my children growing up. Because I'm not really missing anything. And I'll be the first to admit that my kids can make me CRAZY. So while it is nice to be home with them sometimes, I'm not made to be able to do it full time. It's nice to have a break. But the older 2 would be in school...so maybe...no, probably not.

Anyway, so remember how I whined about hormones blocking my enjoyment of everything I used to love? Well, that's all gone now. Like I thought it would be. I started reading DIVERGENT. I bought it before the movie hype, but only decided to read it because of the movie hype. Gotta say, though, it will not be one of my favorites unless the second half just absolutely BLOWS MY MIND. Somehow I don't see that happening.

I've also started writing again. Sort of. I picked up the last thing I wrote and started to edit it. I had hoped to submit it to a few agents before I went back to work, but I don't know if that will happen. I also picked up where I left off on something else I was writing. But when you let something sit for a long time, it's hard to recapture that magic. So we'll see what happens.

Well, the baby is stirring and there are about a hundred other things I should be doing. Like cleaning my house at least once really, really well before I go back to work. I'm talking cleaning windows and deep cleaning carpets and throwing away A LOT OF CLUTTER. But...meh...

Gratuitous baby picture...because it's my blog and I can do whatever I want...