Yesterday actually went really smoothly. I hit the ground running when I got to work. We all had a nice laugh when I asked who took my stapler. (Totally an Office Space moment!) Traffic on the way to work was smooth, but going home was a slightly different story. Nothing out of the norm, but it did suck! I'm not looking forward to that this summer. So much so that I'm motivated to take the train. Not only will I save $$, but I can get a 2 mile roundtrip walk out of it AND do a small part to help the environment. Whee! Today was going to be the test run, but instead I had to cancel since it was still raining during my projected time to leave. No worries, I'm scheduled to do it on Monday regardless if it is raining or not. I'm going to find my poncho and I need to find a proper bag to carry everything. Obviously, since I'll be walking, I need to have my work shoes (not going to walk a mile in my heels!) and maybe even my work top (to ward off any outside stink, right?). I'll let you guys know how it goes.
Anyway, work kept me busy all day long and that was a relief! I didn't have much time to think and lament over not being around Mari. Best of all, I didn't have one breakdown. There were a couple of times where I was about to get sad, but I just looked at her picture and played the video on my phone and all was better. When I got home, I was greeted by her happy, sleepy smile. She'd just gotten up from her nap and was ready to eat. I quickly (and excitedly) complied and it was great to hold her in my arms. My mom was wonderful! She tracked everything, her diaper changes, feedings, nap times, and even her swing time! So I know this helped Mari with her routine and made her feel more confident in my leaving. I called yesterday and it was great to hear Mari in the background talking and cooing. My mom said that they were playing, so that was fantastic to hear.
This morning was no different, other than she got up at 4 instead of 5:30. No worries, because I went right back to sleep until 6. She got up then and ate some more. She was awake the entire time I got dressed and then when I handed her to my mom and kissed her bye, she dozed off. [good girl] Seriously, that was such a relief and I'm so very grateful to my mom and her being around for that. She's just so incredible with children, so very nurturing! I'm glad Mari has that special bonding time with her. Potts Family, you are very lucky that your mom and MIL are able to help out with Braelyn. I wish both of mine lived closer so Mari could have that time too. (sidenote: how did you find your sitter?)
So anyway, that's that. I'm a bit tired, but it doesn't compare to how I was when I was pregnant. I've not fallen asleep in the bathroom stall, so I'm doing great! ha ha! Oh and many thanks for all of the support that I've received from you guys and to my sister for calling me first thing to wish me luck, to Don for the hidden post-it notes of encouragement, Simon for his text and phone call, and Carol for the thoughtful email. Thanks you guys!