Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Baby Birthday Buddies!

In addition to her darling cousin Anelie (four days older), I just found out that Alice has another awesome birthday buddy! This giant baby (288 pounds) was born at the Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World not many hours after my little baby was born on May 20. Maybe someday Alice will get to see the lovely Luna in person! We'd love to take a trip out to WDW in the next few years, we'll have to make a point to find her pal and maybe even get a photo of the two cuties together.
Mama Donna & Baby Luna

You can read all about it here:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Baby Gap Baby

I'm only a little embarrassed to admit that I entered Alice in the Baby Gap Casting Call photo contest. The contest information says to submit a photo of your kid in their favorite jeans. Alice didn't have any jeans yet, so naturally, I had to buy her first pair of denim overalls and have a photo shoot. I am NOT embarrassed that I completely bought into their scheme to get me to spend money at their store...

baby's first jeans
I don't really want Alice to be a child actress or model, but come on, she's cute. If Gap thinks she's cute enough to sell baby jeans on their ads and billboards and store windows, I'd be OK with it. I'd also be OK with the $1000 gift card. I think that would outfit Alice well into elementary school...

Doesn't this face make you want to buy baby jeans?? 
I feel weird soliciting votes to make her the "fan favorite," because I'd basically be asking you to vote so I can win a gift card and that's just annoying. And there's clearly no way that anyone is going to outvote this kid. But, listen. I'm not going to stop you if you want to vote (daily) that Alice is the cutest kid you've ever seen in her first pair of baby jeans...

Cast a vote here (or here, or here - OK, I entered her 5 times, jeez):

First Date

All fancied up at the Chinese Theater
A few weekends ago, Jon and I had our first, real post-baby date. We left the house together and went to the same place together, without a baby, for the first time in five months. It was great. Weird, but great.

We left Alice at home with my mom and dad and headed off to Hollywood to attend the crew screening and wrap party for Disney's 50th animated feature, "Tangled." It is a great film, and a wonderful artistic achievement. The animation and artistry are fantastic, and the characters are wonderfully charming (especially the silent sidekicks). You should all see it with your families when it hits theaters this Thanksgiving! 

I had to call home immediately after the movie, though, what with all the onscreen baby-napping and mother/daughter drama. Luckily, Alice had gone to bed before our party even started, so we played worry-free WAY past our bedtime until I was too tired to go on.

We're going to plan some stay-at-home movie date nights until we get the urge (or a good reason) to go out again!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I gave birth to myself

Most people who meet Alice comment on how much she looks like me. And how much hair she has, and had when she was born. Alice definitely takes after me, but it still surprises me that it's so obvious even to people who haven't seen my baby photos. Because if you've seen my baby photos, well, it's a little frightening how MUCH she looks like me. It's almost as though I gave birth to myself. Here's a little side-by-side action:

            Left: my first day home from the hospital.               Right: Alice's first night in the hospital.


         Left: my first day home from the hospital.            Right: Alice's first day home from the hospital.

I'm starting to see evidence of Jon's genetic contribution but I can't quite put my finger on exactly what it is I'm seeing. I can't wait to watch Alice grow, and to see how she reflects us both (in nature and nurture) and develops into her own little person. 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Back to work. Back to blogging?


I've been away from the blog for longer than I had hoped. As it turns out, being a working mom is hard! Things are actually going pretty smoothly, though, and the whole deal has been much easier than I was expecting.

Although I was really looking forward to returning to work, I was pretty anxious in the last few days of my leave. I felt like throwing up for a few days straight, especially when I thought about actually leaving the house in work clothes for the first time in six months. Alice was not cooperating with the practice bottle-feeding and I was fairly certain she would starve once I left the house. I was also afraid that I'd forgotten how to do my job, and possibly even how to work at all.

Luckily, Alice got her act together and had no problem eating once she really had to perform under pressure. And though there had been some changes at work, and I was once again stepping into a production almost half-way through, I didn't forget how to work OR do my job. I'm incredibly lucky to work with an awesome group of people who help make my job easy when they can, and fun when they can't make it easy.

I won't lie, I got a little teary-eyed as I drove away from the house that first day back and it took a few hours before I didn't feel like throwing up, but it was so good to be back in the saddle and things went so well for Jon and Alice at home that I didn't have to worry about them at all. 

Leaving the house, first day back.

I've been back in the office for almost a month now and am still trying to work out all the kinks and settle into a groove. Part of that challenge is finessing Alice's schedule so she eats and sleeps at times that are convenient (relatively speaking) for us parents. Ideally, she won't spend the entire evening fighting with us about who gets to eat and sleep when. I think we're zeroing in on a workable routine.

I am so thankful for the amount of time I got to devote solely to Alice but I am really happy to be back in the office. I've been enjoying it so much, I almost feel guilty about it. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to work from home like Jon is, or work part-time, or maybe just stash her under my desk at the office, but I need a little more work in my life than keeping up with housework. It's a good thing too, because I can't afford to be a stay-at-home mom!

And really, when part of your job description is organizing "Snack Friday," how bad can work be?