Monday, July 30, 2012

Mamma at Work

Mondays are always hard. After a weekend of cuddles, smiles, funny noises and lots of hugs, going to work is like the biggest mood killer of all times. The end of the weekend is all about prepping for the week to come.

  {last week was carrots week}

 Maya has been in day care for almost three weeks. The first day, I cried the entire day. The feeling of guilt was so overwhelming. I could not believe that someone else was going to care for Maya. The overprotective mother in me was coming out full force and there was no stopping her. However, I started to process the reason for daycare. It is not only so that I can work. Although painfully challenging, I owe it to Maya. I did not become a lawyer for my own sake. I did not sacrifice years of studying just to have a career. I did it for with the intent to provide for my future family. I did it to be an educated mother. I did it for Maya. And so....daycare became less painful. Now, almost three weeks later, the days always begin with the same routine.

6.30am I wake up with the hope that she does not so that I have enough time to get ready. I am not always lucky, as I will have two huge eyes staring at me. I end up entertaining her with one arm while trying to fit into work clothes with the other. Then is run, run, run after that. Run to eat breakfast. Run to gathering everything, run to the bathroom (while singing so that Maya knows that I didn't just abandon her), and the run out of door.
The ride to daycare is our prayer time. We say prayer to start the day. and then it is goodbye time, and work begins.
How was your first day care experience? How did you prepare for it?

Happy Monday!

Mamma Says: want to avoid rushing in the morning. Prep everything the night before. Everything! I lay out every single bag, shoe and key I need to pick up with one hand (while I hold Maya). I also ask Eric (Dad) to bring to the car my pump when he less thing to carry!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Everyone said that life was going to change...

.....but they did not tell me how!

Hello everyone! My name is Anusce and I am neo-mom to a six month old baby girl. Her name is Maya, and her arrival has taken us through a world wind of emotions, filled with highs and lows, with moments where the end of the ride seems approaching, but,instead, it is only the calm before the storm. Thus, the need to scream...MammaMia!

So, let me introduce to you to the little one that rocks my world. 

 (2 months old)

Born on Januray19, 2012, at 8 pounds, she made her entrance knowing exactly what to do! From sleeping, to nursing, she acted as if, the womb had trained her for what was coning. We felt so excited to have such a great little one. We looked at each other, while at the hospital, and said "this is going to be so easy!" And then.....we were released and went home.
It was as if, she knew. As we stepped inside the house, everything changed! Parenthood kicked in full force. Feedings began, and never ended (or so it seemed), and the sleepless nights overwhelmed us.
And so, everything a first time parent experiences, we experienced. Including what I thought I would never have to deal with...postpartum! Uff, it was interesting. Me? Postpartum, no, not me, I would say while pregnant. I am a happy and bubbly person, no way I will experience it. HA! The joke was on me. Within two days, words came out of my mouth that would have probably placed me in the Guinness World Records as Worst Mom Ever! 
Magically, everything got better after one month. Our lives started to sync with Maya's new adventures, new discovery and new developments. Every day became team work day. Every day small events became repetitive giving us the calmness that we have  longed for so long. The routine, the repetition and the daily tasks made us feel normal again. 
Now, my life is the one of a working mother who strives to find balance between motherhood, the family and the career, while keeping some sanity while doing it all.
With this blog, I hope to share my learning, my challenges, my shortcuts, my tips to finding the harmony within the chaos.