Today marks my return to work, but also another week older for Charlotte!
7 weeks today! Can you believe it?!
This was a week of ups and downs. Of sleeping lots, then sleeping less. Of fun family days out, but shadowed by the realisation that maternity leave has come to an end.
It was wonderful to have Mr BBB home on ANZAC Day, and we marked the occasion by heading out for some family time in the crisp Canberra air.
Stopping for a little impromptu photo shoot amongst the Autumn leaves.
We also received the photos from the recent session we had with a local photographer, which turned out just beautifully.
Simple, not cheesy, and just what I wanted. I now have so many new favourite family photos to choose from!
haha although I have to giggle at how cranky Charlotte looks in most of the photos – she did not enjoy herself at all that day!
What can I say? Breastfeeding continues to be brilliant. Bottle feeding on the other hand……still no luck.
So for now, I am living in 2-hour blocks – remaining nearby in case Miss C needs a feed. Case in point – despite leaving just after a feed, we only just fit in our mountain bike ride over the weekend before Charlotte was awake and looking for another!
This was a rather odd week from a sleep perspective, where on some days Charlotte slept for almost the entire day (only waking for feeds). Yet on other days, she hardly slept at all during the day. I can only assume it is the 6 week growth spurt, and perhaps it is my imagination, but she does seem a little bigger now (official weigh in on Friday!)
One thing I do know for sure is that she has well and truly grown out of her 0000 clothes and is now in 000 sizes. It was actually a little sad to pack away all the smaller sizes – a reminder that she is certainly growing up (so fast).
Achievements and milestones
When Charlotte was born, I decided that I wanted to invest in a piece of jewellery made with her birthstone (aquamarine). Something that I could wear that reminds me of her, and something I could pass down to her one day.
Unfortunately aquamarine is not very common, and I struggled to find a piece of jewellery that I liked. I was almost resigned to the fact that I may have to get something custom made, when I came across a lovely ring at Michael Hill (that certainly fit my budget better than having something custom made).
Simple – yet elegant – and just what I was looking for!
Now all I have to do is get the band engraved with her initials and birthdate.
Me – the physical and emotional
This was a wonderful week from an ‘activity’ perspective where due to the graciousness of family, I was able to get out for 2 runs and 1 mountain bike ride. Combine those with walks on the other days, and I ended the week on quite a high!
Fitness-elation aside, I am feeling rather sad that my maternity leave has come to an end. I am, however, very grateful that I am able to work from home for the moment and don’t have to put Charlotte into day care so that I could return to the office. I’m rather curious to see how the transition to ‘work at home Mum’ goes, although I am lucky to have Mr BBB home for the next two weeks to try and make that transition as smooth as possible.
Times are a changing!