“She works hard for the money… So hard for it honey.”

Working-Moms

“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease”. ~Lisa Alther

Ok, so at the end of the school year I decided to say goodbye and adios to all the wonderful people that I spent the past few years working with. I decided that I really wanted to make a career change and the best time to start would be while I was home with my bambino. Well… the clock started ticking and next thing you know Baby A is 4 months. (I promise you that there are very few tasks as hard as job hunting while having a 4 month old). For the first 3 months, babies are adjusting to life outside of the womb. New moms may experience day/night confusion, evening colic… or what I like to refer to as “The Witching Hour.” Dr. Harvey Karp considers the first 3 months as the Fourth Trimester and he’s got really great suggestions on tackling this crazy period for baby and parents.Your baby will also go through a few growth spurts and then, next thing you know you’ve made it through the first 3 months. Hooray! A lot of moms finish their maternity leave around now and are off to work. Your wonderful baby may even start sleeping through the night. AND have some predictable naps.  AND then you can start bragging to your friends that you’ve started to get the hang of “this here parenting thing.”

Then WHAM! 4 months approaches and your baby stops sleeping through the night. In fact, your cute, cuddly, little angel seems to have forgotten how to nap and starts waking up every 10…20… 30… minutes. Bedtimes used to provide you with a reasonable stretch but now you’re waking up EVERY FREAKING HOUR.

and then it passes 🙂

Chamomile… My saving grace.

Anyway, I’ve been sending out resumes, tailoring cover letters, and doing phone interviews between naps. I’ve gone to a couple physical interviews and it’s been really nice getting out of the house and having a commute to somewhere. ANYWHERE. lol There are times where I feel like I’m dating again. “I really hope that guy from HR that I spoke to yesterday calls and doesn’t blow me off.” However, mostly it’s nice to remember my worth and how much I really do bring to the table.

I also started drinking chamomile tea and I mean really throwing that stuff back! Atfirst it tasted a lot like liquified flowers, but my grandma gave it to since I can’t have caffeine or hot chocolate. Not only am I calmer but baby A seems calmer. I decided to look up the effects of chamomile on babies and apparently women have been giving .05-1oz to their babies to ease colic and/or teething. While, I’m not ready to start Baby A on “solids” or anything other than milk for right now, this could be a solution for now. In fact, he slept the longest stretch he’s ever slept in months! Could this be wishful thinking? maybe. But a new mom’s gotta cling to something.

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