On Returning to Work after Maternity Leave

Well my 12 weeks of maternity are over now and it is time to return to work. I have very mixed feelings about this. Yes, I enjoy my job and the people I work with, and yes I need the paycheck obviously. But, there are things about being home with my baby that I am definitely going to miss.

  • I’m going to miss our morning snuggles. After my husband (aka Elbows) left for work in the mornings, I would bring Baby H into bed and nurse nap with him. He is incredibly snuggly.
  • I’m going to miss going for walks when the sun is out. Unfortunately, business hours means I’m away while the sun is up. So now I’ll only be able to take him for walks in the stroller on weekends since it is pitch black by the time I come home (thank you winter, go away already). I am looking forward to the summer months when the sun will still be up when I get home, and maybe we can do a quick stroll around the neighborhood.
  • Our nursing relationship will change. Obviously it is so much more pleasant to nurse a sweet baby than to express breast milk via pump whenever I can get away at work. But, at least I’ll still be giving him some of the good stuff with all my immunities.
  • Missing out on firsts. Well, unless he saves his firsts for weekends or evenings, it is likely that our nanny will see many of his firsts. But, I guess that means he gets to practice them before showing them off to me.
  • I’m just going to miss being with him all day. Coming home in the evening hours means I only get a few hours with him before bedtime. But at least bath time is all mine (well, and hubby’s).

Even though this will be hard, I’m sure work will keep me busy and distracted enough so that I don’t constantly think about how much I miss the little guy. No mommy guilt allowed, as I mentioned in my goals for this year, so I’m keeping all the positives in mind.

I purchased a new car, this time for real

My Caddy has been giving me trouble, more and more lately. Being a 2005 and having 100K+ miles on it, it was just constantly needing maintenance. During 2014 I spent more on maintenance than I had left on the loan. The last needed maintenance in late 2014 was just the last straw. At 125K+ miles it was time to part with the Caddy and get something else.

My Daddy recently bought a new Nissan Rogue and has been saying all these great things about it. One of these is the fuel economy – which is so important since I was getting about 15 miles per gallon in my Caddy in Houston traffic. Another is the size – it is a smaller SUV, but still an SUV. It sits tall like I need, but is easier to park and fit in our garage. I had previously looked into the Muranos, but they were more pricey. The good thing about the Rogue is it was specifically made as a less expensive model.

So Daddy talked me into it, and I started shopping online. I found a bunch of cars that were sort of in my price range – what I wanted was my monthly payment to stay pretty much the same so my budget wasn’t impacted. I found several newer models, some certified pre-owned, some just used. Most were in the same price range. I decided to go to Baker Nissan first since their radio commercials always say how great the dealership is, and on their website for the same price range there were much newer models listed. My Mom stayed with the baby while hubby and I went to check out the dealership. We took his truck since he drove and we weren’t really expecting to finalize a purchase yet.

We looked at the Rogues they had available and I test drove a cute grey one with Bluetooth. This one is a 2014 model and had about 4K miles on it, and was certified pre-owned. We decided it was the best one we’d seen online so to go discuss numbers with the people and see how it went. As it turned out, not only was it certified pre-owned, but it wasn’t truly pre-owned. This was a dealership loaner vehicle, so it had no other owner. The manual was still in shrink wrap. So I ended up buying a new car! My parents gave me some money for a down payment to help keep the monthly payments down within our budget. So it ended up being a pretty awesome present – just days before Christmas.

The Baker Nissan sales rep was very personable and fun to chat with. He was professional and made us feel comfortable during the sales process, and it didn’t feel like we were haggling over auto prices. I didn’t even have my trade-in with me at the time, but the dealership gave us a very fair trade-in value based on the information we provided about the car, and since our credit scores are so high they were flexible with us on returning the next day with the trade-in. I definitely recommend Baker Nissan to others looking for a new or used Nissan.

Am I happy with the Rogue over the Caddy? Well, yes but there are a few things I miss. The Caddy was a luxury car, so I do miss the leather with heated seats, the driver 1/driver 2 seat and mirror settings, the 6 CD changer, you know, the little luxury items. The Rogue I bought is very simple without all the luxury add-ons since that wasn’t in my budget. But, I have Bluetooth where I did not before, and mp3 player/usb option, so that’s a win. I’m looking forward to better fuel economy when I return to work and need to sit in Houston traffic again.

The pic of my new car, taken in my driveway the evening we bought it. That’s why it is so dark.

 

My “bye bye Caddy” face, taken at Baker Nissan the next day when we returned to drop off the trade-in.

 

The Fourth Trimester is the Hardest

When I was pregnant, I thought the hardest part was the 3rd trimester and the labor and delivery part. Now I understand that the 4th trimester is really the hardest. I haven’t heard the first 12 weeks of your baby’s life being referred to as the 4th trimester until the last month of my pregnancy. I thought it was an interesting tongue-in-cheek type comment, but it really is hard. I don’t remember my pregnancy being this hard. In the first month I even joked about sticking baby back inside.

 

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Reasons why I think the 4th trimester is the hardest.

 

  1. Labor and Delivery are a full body workout – you are so sore. Everything hurts, things you didn’t know existed hurt, and you know what isn’t all that much fun when you’re already hurting? Weight lifting. Bending over and picking up baby is definitely a work out.
  2. Going to the bathroom is painful and scary. Not only are your pushing muscles completely spent, but for some reason your body decides to hold it in for a few days. So when you do go #2, ouch! Also, if you got stitches down there, going #1 isn’t fun either. And wiping isn’t a thing that happens for a while so hurray for spray bottles and iodine. And let’s not mention the month-long period from Hell!
  3. If you thought 3rd trimester insomnia was bad, try having to feed baby every 2-3 hours (and that clock starts from the beginning of the feeding – which can take over an hour). What is sleep?
  4. Your own recovery is slow. So when you’re sick you’re told to get lots of rest, right? Well, with a new baby there is no such thing, so (if you’re like me) you tend to take a long time to recover.
  5. Ow my boobs! Breastfeeding is super painful at first – not just with latching issues but with general sensitivity, engorgement, blocked ducts, etc pain – OMG don’t lie on your tummy or have the shower spray your font.
  6. Learning curve. Being a new mom is hard work. You have to learn so much in a short amount of time about feeding, changing, playing, nurturing, etc. The more you read, the more confusing it gets since there are so many theories on this baby stuff. So it takes time while to figure out your own rhythm.

Just when you think you’ve got this baby thing figured out and get the hang of things – it is time to return to work! But more on that later.

Top Posts of 2014

I thought it would be interesting to take a look at my Google Analytics stats and see what pages were visited the most by my awesome readers. So here we go.

Top Posts of 2014 on Velvet-Rose.net

I find it interesting that the posts with the most views were posted in the last few months of the year. Looks like my plans to bring this blog back to life are working and I’m getting back into the blogging community.

What do you think about the posts that drew in the most interest?

 

Hospital packing list

I realize this post is quite a bit after my hospital stay, but I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on my hospital packing list for my delivery. I read a lot of articles on what to pack in your labor and delivery suitcase and many of them were repetitive, and some had some great ideas that I haven’t though of. So here is what I packed, and my discussion on whether I used the items or not.

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My Labor and Delivery Hospital Packing List

For Me – General:

  • Sweat pants
  • Several tank tops/t-shirts
  • Robe
  • Maternity Jeans
  • Sports bras/nursing bras
  • Underwear
  • Pads
  • Warm socks
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries – for showering, teeth brushing, deodorant, etc that you would travel with plus lip balm
  • Hair ties
  • Sweatshirt (that zips in the front)
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Camera
  • Purse with ID and insurance cards
  • Granola bars

For Me – Labor:

  • Birth ball
  • Tube sock with two tennis balls (counter pressure and massage) – awesome advice from my doula
  • Birth plan (with copies)
  • Cards with inspiring quotes that my doula gave me
  • Entertainment: DVDs, Kindle, music
  • Gatorade

For Baby:

  • Clothes: sleep sack and onesie
  • Hat
  • Socks
  • Special going home outfit
  • Swaddle blanket
  • Car seat
  • A couple of diapers, just in case

For Hubby:

  • Pillow and blanket
  • Change of clothes
  • Toiletries

Overall I think I did well with my packing list. I knew they wouldn’t let me eat, but I also know that I get light headed if I don’t eat, so we packed a lot of Gatorade with us to keep me alert. The birth ball was awesome for my labor and I am so glad I brought it. As for the entertainment – I didn’t use it at all. We didn’t watch any of our DVDs during labor and I didn’t even turn my Kindle on. We tried to get the music going during pushing, but it wasn’t working. The first two days I spent in hospital gowns, so most of my clothing went unused. I also used the hospital mesh underwear so I wouldn’t soil my own and their pads (because OMG people! it is like a period from hell). I was really happy I brought some extra items for the baby, because the hospital photographer people came and I was happy we had a cute yellow sleep gown to put Baby H in. I’m glad I had a decent looking shirt for myself since I was in a few of the photos. The photos turned out so lovely. The hospital provided diapers and wipes as well as some socks and shirts for baby so we didn’t really need to use what we brought. Hubby stayed with me the entire time I was in the hospital and camped out on the bench cot thing so he definitely needed his own bag. So there you have it, this is what I remember from my hospital packing list.

Goals for 2015

I haven’t really been big on making New Year’s Resolutions, but I decided it would be a good idea to think about some personal goals and things I wish to accomplish. I saw this great post at Crazy Little Projects and thought it would be fun to think about the changes I hope to make and then reflect on them at the end of the year. I like how she came up with different tracks for the types of goals one can make. 2014 saw a lot of changes in my life – moving, baby – so my world is a little bit turned on its head and I want to get it back to a comfortable sense of normal. So here are my goals for 2015.

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Life

Find Balance. With all the changes in my life this past year, it is no wonder everything feels a bit out of whack. My goal is to find my balance again between family and work and friends and hobbies. I don’t really know how to make this into a SMART goal just yet.

Make time for myself and allow myself to step back. I simply do not have the energy or the time for all the things I want to do. But trying to continue to do all the things will just run me down. So this year I want to focus on a few things here and there but allow myself to take a step back from some others and focus on some me time. This might mean attending fewer bookish events (gasp!) and missing some movie nights with friends, but I’d love to find time to curl up in my home library and read.

Do not engage the mommy guilt trolls! There are so many different opinions on how to parent and I see so much bickering on the forums. I also see a lot of people wishing they could be better, do more, be more like so-and-s0. My goal is to not fall into that trap. I can only do so much, and the most important thing is to love my baby and meet his needs – how I go about doing that is to be determined by what works best for our family and not based on what the supermoms can do.

Make memories and live in the moment. I often tend to be thinking about what comes next and planning for future events, that I forget to enjoy what I’m doing now. With the baby that can no longer be a habit of mine. My goal is to take him to parks, play groups, etc, and spend more time playing and enjoying him.

Home

Organize the house and finish unpacking already. Since I got pregnant after moving into this house, not all of the unpacking occurred. Some things are still in boxes hidden in corners of rooms because I just didn’t know what to do with them at the time, and then I stopped caring. Well I really need to care again. Here are some things that need to get done:

  • Organize the home office. I have the closet full of boxes that need to be unpacked and places found for. I have important documents piled on the file cabinets that actually need to get sorted and put *in* the file cabinet. I have to figure out a system again in this new house.
  • Bedroom decluttering. There are still some boxes in our master bedroom and bathroom that I haven’t fully unpacked and I would like to finish that already. Really, if I haven’t used them in almost a year that might be an indication that I need to purge a bit more.
  • Kitchen decluttering/organization. All the baby stuff is kind of piled around and I’d like to come up with a better system and reduce some of the clutter on our counters.

Financial

Budget – make one and keep to it. This is something we already started but need to keep up with. Before hiring the nanny we evaluated our budget and figured out what our maximum (unclaimed by bills, fuel, grocery, etc) disposable income is. We also are working on a plan to pay down our loans (especially hubby’s student loans) by increasing the payments for one loan until we pay it off, then applying that full extra payment amount onto the next loan, and so forth. Now we just need to finalize it and put the plan into place, and stick with it.

Body

Recover, and lose the baby weight. I’m still recovering and even though I gave birth 2 months ago, I’m still getting light headed when I do simple tasks like walking around the grocery store. I’m obviously in no condition to start an exercise regimen just yet, but when I do start feeling better I want to get back on my elliptical machine.  I want to do some sort of work out about 3 days a week, whether it is going for a walk or getting on the elliptical. I need to move more. I also need to eat healthy and continue the habits I started making while on the gestational diabetes diet. I still have about 15 pounds to lose before I get back to my pre-pregnancy and post-Jenny Craig weight.

Breastfeed for at least 6 months. I mentioned before that even though I’m breastfeeding, I still end up needing to supplement with formula. This will obviously continue when I return to work, with much more formula and less breastfeeding, except on weekends. But I hope to continue nursing even if only in the morning and evening on weekdays.

Mind

Read! My Goodreads goal is to read 55 books this year (I was trying to be reasonable based on how busy my life was this past year and I only read 68 books). I also plan to read some of the books I own, and stop buying new books (with exceptions) per our challenge we are hosting on the book blog.

Blog more consistently. I’ve done better with this blog and bringing it back to life, then took a break again when I had the baby. I now wish to get back into a better blogging routine here and try to post at least once a week.

My breastfeeding journey so far

One of my goals with this baby was to breastfeed. While I understood exclusive breastfeeding may not be an option, both my own mother and grandmother struggled with low supply, but I was hopeful. I realize you have to have goals but be flexible in how things actually turn out, since things in life don’t always go as planned.

My baby was born on a Monday but my milk didn’t come in until Saturday. Before that, I supposedly should have had colostrum, but I really don’t think I did. Baby H’s first day in the hospital was very stressful because his blood sugar kept dropping too low. My hospital is very pro-breastfeeding, but if baby isn’t meeting all their metrics, they do push formula. So they made me attempt to breastfeed at every feeding but then supplement with formula. I had both lactation consultants come see me in my hospital room and try to help, but Baby H would not nurse. We decided it was likely due to me not having very much colostrum in there, since he would try to latch and suck, and break off and scream, and we could tell no liquid was coming out. I even tried pumping, and got condensation. So I was told to supplement until my milk came in, and he would likely do better once he was actually getting something.

Well, my milk came in on that Saturday, but we still had a lot of issues with breastfeeding. He still couldn’t get the hang of latching on so I pumped, but wasn’t getting a whole lot. So I continued to supplement so the little guy would eat. At his appointment with the pediatrician, she suggested we get a different lactation consultant to come to the house and help us out one on one. I made an appointment and the nice lady really worked with Baby H and we realized he had a very lazy latch. He wasn’t using his tongue and didn’t open up wide enough so he wasn’t pulling out anything, which is why he kept screaming and coming off the breast. We couldn’t get him to nurse without a nipple shield but at least with the shield he thinks it is a bottle and takes it. She also told me to increase the number of times I pumped and start taking the Mother Love More Milk Plus supplement to help with my supply.

Fast forward to today, and I have to say while thing have gotten better, they are not what I hoped they would be. Baby H is 6 weeks old, and while he does nurse most of the time, sometimes he still is lazy and screams rather than nurses. I’m still using the nipple shield because he doesn’t recognize my skin as food, but does recognize the plastic feel of the bottle nipple. Even when he does a great job nursing and I can feel him empty me, he still isn’t satisfied and continues to want more food. That is when I supplement with formula. When I pump, I average about 2 oz total from both breasts, and he typically eats 4 or more. I do realize he might be getting more than the pump, but since he has a lazy suck, I don’t think he does. The couple of times I was able to nurse and weigh using a baby scale, he got about 2.5 oz in the feedings. He also tires himself out so much when nursing that he passes out, and wakes up again 10 minutes or so later still starving. So either I nurse round the clock to try to keep him full, or I give him a bottle and get a break. He definitely is bottle spoiled since the pumped milk or formula flows out so much easier, which I realize is perpetuating the problem of his lazy suck, but I’ve come to terms with it.

I’ve decided as long as I breastfeed him several times a day, even if I top off with formula and formula feed other meals, I’m still giving him the good stuff and all my immunities, and that makes me a good Mom. Yes, I have to buy formula and am not ending up with completely cost-free and exclusively breastmilk feedings for my child like I had hoped, but that is ok; that doesn’t mean I’m not a good Mom. Yes I still deal with breast pains – engorgement, sensitivity (showering is painful, btw) – even though I don’t produce enough milk for a full feeding. Yes, it is still worth it. I give him what I can, and I make sure his needs are met. That is what makes me a good Mom.

Top 10 Things I Am Thankful For This Year

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today is a day we gobble till we wobble and many think about all the holiday shopping they plan to do, but it is also important to set aside some time to think about everything wonderful that has happened to us and share what we are thankful for.

Top 10 things I am thankful for this year:

  1. My husband coming back safely from deployment.
  2. The fact that I am strong and independent and was able to take care of everything by myself for almost a year.
  3. The amazing house we bought thanks to the money we saved up during the deployment, and being eligible for a VA loan.
  4. Selling our previous house quickly and painlessly, and being able to sell it *after* buying and moving into our new home.
  5. Hubby’s job, even though it made us move, it has been great and he really enjoys working there.
  6. My job and especially the client who’s office I work out of. This client has made me feel like one of their own.
  7. My friends for being there for me and never making me feel alone.
  8. Hubby’s parents for their help the week I was delivering the baby and for his Mom for coming to help again later.
  9. My Mom for staying with me for a month and a half to help with the baby.
  10. Baby Hank, cause he’s an awesome little guy.

My birth story

So here it is, the obligatory birth experience post. I was induced at 38 weeks due to gestational diabetes, and I’m writing this on my 40th week. Happy due date.

I was told to report to Labor and Delivery on Sunday evening (Nov 2) at 5pm to start the inducing process. I had to change into a hospital gown (boo, didn’t even get to sleep in my own clothes before labor truly kicked off) and get the IV started. Let me tell you, the IV hurt so much! I had no idea. This is one of those things no one had on their “things I wish I knew about labor” list. I couldn’t take off my rings because by the time I realized it would be a good idea, my fingers were already too swollen that far into my pregnancy. Well, with the IV in my left hand, my little fingers turned into sausages, and I was a bit worried, but we didn’t have any issues. I tested positive for Group B Strep, so I was on antibiotics the entire time I was in the hospital, even before they started me on Pitocin. The antibiotics burned so bad through the IV into my hand, and seriously by the time it was all over I couldn’t make a fist anymore. It hurt to flex my hand for at least a week after. IVs are no joke!

Anyway the nurses started me on Cervidil to ripen my cervix, since I really wasn’t all that dilated or effaced yet. At this point I realized how much of a sissy I was going to be during this labor process because the insertion hurt. More than I expected. I don’t like pain. Anyway I was told to sleep so hubby and I watched some TV and then tried to get some sleep. Poor guy slept on that little couch thing they have in the room. It wasn’t all that comfortable, but he was going to stay with me the entire time. Our doula also met us and hung out with us for a little while and made plans to show up the following morning when the show got started. Part way in the night I woke up due to some really bad back pain and asked for some of the lovely IV pain medication. I think it was Stadol. It made me dizzy and drunk, seriously. Then I was able to sleep.

In the early morning, 3 or 4 or so, I was allowed to get up and take a shower if I wanted, and change into a fresh gown. I was also given a breakfast! Well, you know, broth, Jello, some orange juice. But still, food! I was thinking I wouldn’t get to have any food until after baby was born. I did eat a big meal before going to the hospital, but still, I’m used to eating every 3 hours. We packed a lot of Gatorade for this reason. Anyway, after that the Pitocin got started and my doctor came to break my water. This is when the labor got going, but I don’t really know when to start counting the hours.

At first my contractions just felt like a menstrual cramp and I was doing alright. I even was allowed to get out of bed and move around a bit, as long as the fetal monitor stayed on. The baby kept moving though and hiding from it, so the nurses had to keep coming to readjust it. I used the birth ball for a while, and that really helped with my back pain, but hubby had to hold the fetal monitor in place and keep moving it around to keep the baby’s heart rate on the machine. We knew if we kept losing the signal the nurses would probably make me get back in bed.

Sometime mid day the contractions started getting a bit too much, and I knew it was going to get worse from there so I asked for my epidural. Yes that meant no more walking around, but I was getting tired and wanted to lie back down anyway. Getting the epidural wasn’t all that scary or painful. I barely felt the needle go in, and they allowed hubby to stay in the room with me so he helped distract me from thinking about just how big that needle really was. The rest of the afternoon was a blur. I seriously slept for a few hours through the rest of my dilating. It was wonderful.

Later I started getting back pain again and actually wanted to see if they could increase the epidural, but the nurses checked me and said I was complete and was ready to start pushing. Here’s when it got bad for me. I couldn’t feel much except for that one spot of pain in my back so the nurses decided to turn off my epidural so I could start to regain feeling. They told me the epidural would wear off slowly and I would just feel enough pressure to know when to push. THEY LIED!!! They made me wait a half hour before starting to push so that the epidural could start wearing off. My doctor had told me at an earlier appointment that they could turn the epidural down if I had trouble during pushing, but apparently they needed to call the anesthesiologist back to do that, and for whatever reason they decided not to, and all the nurses were allowed to do was turn it off. So for the next two plus hours of pushing I felt everything (except my legs, they were still noodles). I felt all the contractions and back pain and I still couldn’t figure out how to push properly. I seriously made some negative progress a few times. I was not prepared to feel that much pain, so rather than being able to isolate the pushing muscles, I just tightened everything and gave myself a massive headache. I also ended up hurting my back. Hubby and the doula helped raise my legs and I had to do a crunch each time I had to push. I had to take a deep breath and hold it while pushing and counting to 10, which was hard because I just kept feeling like my lungs were going to burst and my head was going to explode. They put me on oxygen to help me out, but I really don’t think it helped. Or, if it did, I’m afraid to know how much worse it would have been without the oxygen.

But, at 7:36pm Monday evening I finally succeeded in pushing the (not so) little guy out. He weighed 8 pounds 1.3 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. He tried coming out sunny side up so that’s what caused me all the back pain. Hubby said the doc grabbed his head and turned him as he was coming out to get him facing the right way, and then pulled him out of me. His first words to our son was “welcome to Texas” hehe :) Hubby said he got pretty freaked out when the doc grabbed the baby’s head and turned him like that.

The rest happened pretty quickly. One of the things on my birth plan was I wanted to do delayed cord clamping, but unfortunately our doctor went on autopilot and clamped the cord before we even had a chance to react. We were pretty disappointed about that. Then they wiped the baby down and put him on me very quickly, so I was a little distracted for the afterbirth part. I did feel the placenta slide out of me but I don’t know if I pushed it out or if the doc did something to make it release. I took a good look at the placenta before they disposed of it, and it was about as yucky looking as I thought it was gonna be. I’ve seen it glamorized a lot but it really does look like a bloody chunk of tissue. I do know that when the doc massaged my fundus I cried out. I actually have a photo of me holding the baby, the baby is crying, I’m crying out, and the doc is squeezing the top of my uterus. That isn’t just uncomfortable like people say, it hurts! The next thing I remember was I saw the doc holding some scary metal hook thing in his hand. I asked him what he thought he was going to do with that, and he said I tore and he has to sew me up. So yea, that was great. I felt that too. Ouch.

I guess the part my readers are now wondering about is: what did we name him? Well, we decided on Henry “Hank”. I think it fits him quite well. The next thing I’m sure people are wondering is “where are the photos?” Well, I’ve decided to do my best not to publicly display photos of my child. I am posting them on my personal Facebook profile, but the privacy settings are friends-only and I’m not sharing the photos on my public Instagram or Twitter accounts. I might share a few here that aren’t as obvious, but I’m going to do my best to protect him and not plaster him all over the web without his consent.

I do wonder when baby Hank would have wanted to make his appearance if we hadn’t been induced. I also wonder how much he would weigh. I guess there’s no way to know but I am glad we didn’t fight the doctor’s plans to induce. Since I had a hard enough time as it was pushing his giant head and 8 pound self out, I don’t know how much harder it would have been if he had been allowed to get up to 9 pounds or more. Big babies run in hubby’s family and Hank is definitely getting some height from that side. I’m sure he’ll be taller than me by the time he’s a teenager. So welcome to the world little guy, I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you.

#AskAwayFriday Nov 7, 2014

 

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This is my second #AskAwayFriday. Today I’m exchanging with Bernadyn @ B is For.  Here are the questions she asked, and my answers. If you want to exchange questions with me for an upcoming Friday post, just let me know :)

 

  1. You’re about to embark on your parenthood journey, congratulations! What are you the most excited about with being a mom? What’s something you are nervous or anxious about with being a new mom? I think I’m most excited about getting to know this baby, learning his personality and seeing what he will become. I’m most anxious – well other than labor and delivery – is the fact that I know nothing about raising kids and I know I’ll make plenty of mistakes. I just hope I don’t make any scary or dangerous ones.
  2. I remember both times for my kids, it was tough choosing a name. How did you choose a baby name? Naming has been so hard for us. I like names that sound pretty and elegant, and hubby likes names that sound tough. Seriously, those things don’t go together. So we’ve been back and forth on names and really only picked one that we kind of both agree on. The full name is kind of what I like, and the nickname is nice and tough so it fits what he likes. We’ve also been looking at names with important meanings and some kind of history to them. This is definitely not an easy task.
  3. What milestone in the next two years are you the most excited about with your baby? I think I’m excited most about the little one learning to talk. Then we can have conversations!
  4. What is the best parenting advice you’ve received so far? To listen to the advice given, and feel free to ignore it! I loved that advice. It is very true, we (hubby and I) need to make decisions for ourselves and our situation, so other people’s opinions and experience may not fit.
  5. What is an activity you are most excited to do once your child is old enough to do it? I’m excited to read with my child. I’m such a fan of books, and I hope he will be too.
  6. That’s so cool that your new blog is all about reading and books! Reading is my favorite hobby and I’m part of a book club so we’re always looking for new books to add to our list. What is a book you have on your current reading list? Ooh yay another book fan! I love book clubs. At the moment my reading has taken a back seat but I hope to pick back up once things settle down. I’m currently reading (on audio) the Bloodlines series (spin off from the Vampire Academy series) by Richelle Mead. I’m skipping the book club books for the next couple of months since I won’t be able to attend the meetings anyway.
  7. If you could be any character from a book, who would you choose and why? Hermione from Harry Potter. I don’t have to explain why, do I? She’s super smart and resourceful and always figures out what needs to be done.
  8. I don’t go to the theater much to watch new movies unless I’m invited to a screening or unless it’s during the summer when they have their family summer movies out. Therefore, there’s lots of movies, new and old that I want to watch. Are there any movies you look forward to watching, new or old? Ooh I haven’t been to the movies in a while. I want to go see the Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 movie so badly. I hope I get to, but I’m not counting on it with new baby and all.
  9. I love all your blogging tips and your letter to yourself about blogging. Where do you see both of your blogs in the next five years? I’m hoping this little personal blog will grow into something big and wonderful. Since I neglected it for years, I’m kind of starting over on readership and friends. It will definitely become very “mom blog” since I’m sure most of the interesting thing to talk about will be parenting related, so at least I can make a lot of friends in that niche. I hope the book blog continues to grow strong and maybe we’ll add more co-bloggers and have a fun group of us talking about our favorite hobby. Most book blogs don’t last that long though, so we’ll see.
  10. What is something on your bucket list that you wish to achieve in the next ten years? Wow, that’s a great question. And a hard one I think. I think this year has hit so many milestones that it is hard to think about what will come next. Maybe something awesome career-wise, since that has been a little stagnant for the past few years. And awesome promotion or maybe even a move that is too good to pass up.