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How can I leave this little one?

I’ve been taking lots of pictures the last few days in order to have some pictures to take to work with me. Here are some of my favorites:

I got a few tips for tummy time so Allie can continue to practice her head control without crying all the time. She seems to like it now!

We found daycare and made the arrangements for getting to work. I’ve scoured goodwill for cheap and suitable work clothes. We’ll need to be super organized now and I have no idea how that’s going to happen. All thats left is the first day! Its been a long hard road this past year. Now we’re starting the next chapter. I am excited about working, but I’m also sad too. I’ve spent almost the last three months with Allie almost 24 hours a day. How can I leave her on Tuesday?



What Allie is up to

Allie hates tummy time 😦 I’m not sure she’ll ever roll over since this is usually her reaction:

Apparently babies roll from the tummy to back first. But Allie is really good at tummy time. She lifts her head and is starting to use her arms… when she’s not crying about being on her tummy, that is.

Something she does like, however, is her swing. I finally pulled it out of her closet last week. Whenever she’s fussy and not hungry, I put her in her swing and she usually gets over whatever is bothering her.

This week has been spent figuring out what it will take to get everyone where they’re supposed to go starting next week! I had thought the time in between accepting a job and starting would be a chance to relax, but its been everything but relaxing! I’m coming to terms with the fact that I’ll have to wake up three hours before getting to work. I’ve never been a morning person by any stretch of the imagination… thats why I worked nights.

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Here’s something funny…

In looking back at previous posts, I realized I wrote Allie had a 40-inch head circumfrance! That would be one big head! So I was trying to remember what unit of measure is used and thought centimeter… but 40 cm would also be a really huge head. So I’m pretty sure that head circumfrance is measured in milimeters.

I also realized in looking back that I haven’t posted pictures in a long time! I’ll remedy that tomorrow hopefully. Allie is getting so much more aware of the world around her and smiling bigger every day!

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Preparing for work

The most important thing we had to do this week was find daycare. We were able to check that task off our list! I was surprised that we were able to do it this quickly. But we stumbled on the right person and are satisfied with the decision.

Of course it will break my heart to leave Allie in someone else’s care!

I’ve still got plenty of stuff to figure out in the next 9 days. We need to figure out how to get everyone where they’re supposed to be in the morning… who will drop Allie off at daycare, if I’ll take the bus or drive… where to park. Its a real pain to park downtown and now I’ll have to do it every day. I also need to figure out if I have a suitable wardrobe. Between being pregnant and not losing the weight just yet, I’m unsure about what to wear. I’ve been wearing sweats and old race t-shirts most of the time since Allie was born and that won’t work!

Its going to be tough enough returning to the workforce for the first time in a year. But I think its even tougher because I’m returning as a working mom!

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My running goals

This week I met my first running goal: Making it to 30 minutes!

When I was cleared to start running again last year after my stress fracture, my doctor told me to start with 10 minutes and increase by a minute or two each time get to 30. Of course, two days later I found out I was pregnant! I started running a couple weeks later when I had a bit more energy, but I wasn’t able to keep up with it. I switched back to run/walk intervals and in June decided to throw in the towel.

But I started running again a month ago and made it to 30 minutes on Monday.

So now I need to make some more goals!!

My main goals for the year are to run a half marathon this spring and a full in the fall. I picked the Madison half May 30 because its local and I like the race. I ran the quarter marathon two years ago and volunteered last year.

For the full marathon, I intend to register for the New York lottery again. I’m banking on not being chosen again, but after three years not getting in, I’ll get an automatic entry the next year. So I’m really counting on running New York in 2012. The race I’d really like to get into is Chicago. But if I don’t get in or Doug and I decide it just isn’t possible, I’ll run the Fox Cities instead. I ran that half two years ago and really enjoyed it.

To get to that goal, I’m going to start training at the end of the month. In the meantime, I’m going to keep increasing my time. Right now I’m sticking with 30 minutes, but my goal is to get somewhere between 45 and 60 minutes before starting to train.

I’m choosing some goal races of smaller distances too. I have a goal 5K on Feb. 13, but that will depend more on the weather than my ability to run. Its still cold in February! I haven’t been able to run outside in the winter because of my asthma, but my asthma seems to be all but gone since giving birth. And besides, there’s always the possibility that it could warm up for the race too.

But really, my goal race is the Shamrock Shuffle 10K March 14. There’s also a 5K, but I’m hoping to be up to 10K by then.

Other goal races include the Crazylegs Classic at the end of April and the Lake Monona 20K in the beginning of May. I may find other races to substitute or add, but these are my goals for right now.

Running is still really hard for me. But its going well. I love it and I’m glad to be doing it again. In getting my running back and getting a job, I think I am getting closer to the new normal! It makes me so happy to be able to say that!

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Life isn’t fair

I feel terrible for a friend of mine who had her baby prematurely this week. The baby didn’t make it.

I’m hugging Allie a little tighter now. Its just not fair that I can have a healthy baby girl and other parents have to deal with this kind of loss. I can’t imagine that grief.

Please keep my friend Tricia and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

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How’s this for a great start?

So compared to how 2009 started, 2010 is already way better. Because as of today I HAVE A JOB!!

Its not my dream job, but its a start. It’s the job in interviewed for on my birthday. I knew that would be good luck! I’ll be an employment security specialist 2 for the unemployment office. I don’t remember all the details, but my duties will have something to do with the auditing process that is done to make sure people are applying for jobs while on unemployment. I lived in fear of an audit during my time on unemployment!

There were 114 people interviewed for 16 positions. I feel pretty lucky to get one. I start Jan. 19, which just happens to be the anniversary of my layoff. What better way to observe a crappy day?

Life has become more complicated though. We have two weeks to find good and affordable daycare. I’m already sad about putting Allie in daycare!

Two other great things about today: 1) I reached my initial running goal of running for 30 minutes! Now I need to figure out where to go from here. Working out is another thing that will be harder with a new job! More about the running hopefully tomorrow… and 2) I had another job interview that I feel pretty good about. How crazy would it be if after one year I end up getting offered more than one job? I don’t think it will happen, but its fun to think about.

By this time last year, I had slipped on the ice outside my office and gotten whiplash… because I had been on crutches because of my stress fracture. It was a bad start and I hadn’t even been laid off yet!

But I’m not going to think about that. Instead, I’m going to think about all the great things that have happened only four days into the new year… and finding daycare and other things that need to be figured out after a year of unemployment. Another pressing question, what will I wear?