Catching Up

So . . . yeah. Ok, it’s been an eternity, but I really do have a valid excuse. I pushed an entire human person out of my nether-regions and that tiny human hasn’t let me sleep since. There is very little time for blogging in my world right now, honestly. But I did want to let everyone know that I am indeed still here, albeit entirely consumed by a little hungry tyrant who demands my every waking moment. And most of my sleeping moments as well. For the first 3 months, all he did was scream and eat. Lather, rinse, repeat. And while, obviously, that’s what newborns do so suck it up already, it’s been tiring and draining to say the least.

But I’m guessing you want details, right?  Yes?  No?  Who are you again?  Maybe?  Well, let’s go back.  To a magical time when I was getting 8 hours of sleep a night (except for the 4 times a night I got up to pee).  There I was . . . very pregnant and excited for my 3rd child to be born, and hoping he would grace us with his presence early.

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I  had the big belly . . . I had the painted toes . . . I had the nursery all ready.  Now, all we needed was a baby!  He faked us out by pretending to come a week early, but once I got to the hospital, he apparently changed his mind.  Damn you, Braxton Hicks!!  He played with my emotions for about a week, with occasional contractions that made me hopeful, but ultimately ended in disappointment and frustration.  Finally, though, on his due date, he started making moves to enter the world.  For real this time.  So, after being up all night with contractions that continued until the next afternoon, a labor that was quite harrowing as his heartbeat slowed drastically with every contraction, and an epidural that slipped out of my back and had to be re-administered during the worst pain I’ve ever experienced in my life, he finally entered the world.  On December 1st, at 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches, he was healthy and beautiful.  I mean, just look at him!

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And since that moment he has totally filled my world and my heart.  I am with him pretty much every moment of the day and it is wonderful, frustrating, fulfilling and exhausting.  However, once he arrived, I made a pretty drastic decision.  I will no longer be a slave to the corporate world as an attorney, but will instead solely be a slave to my kids as . . . wait for it . . . a stay at home mom!  Since this is my last baby, I just couldn’t hand him over to child care workers and run back to work, like I did with my first two kids.  So, my new full time job is MOM.  We sent the au pair off about 2 weeks ago, and so far it’s been great.  I mean, it’s tough trying to juggle the newborn and also the older kids’ school schedules, but that’s only temporary.  It will get a bit more manageable when the baby is older and not eating every 2-3 hours.  But so far, I think I’m doing fabulous at my new job.  I mean, I even clean the baby occasionally!

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And I think I even worked out what was making him scream so much.  At first I thought it was colic.  Then the doctor said it was just reflux.  But I started to suspect it had something to do with an aversion to dairy.  Then again, he would also be miserable it I ate anything that was a gassy food (i.e. almost all fruits and veggies).  So, basically I’ve cut out all dairy from my diet and avoid almost every fruit, veggie, oily fish, nut and pasta.  But other than that, I can eat anything I want!  Yeah, that pretty much leaves me with meats and breads (as long as they don’t have milk in them).  And you wouldn’t believe how many things have dairy in them!  Pretty much everything, dammit.  So, it’s been frustrating to completely change my diet, but worth it for him not to wake up screaming in pain every night.  Oh, and did I mention that I also haven’t had a drink in over a year?  I am having the most fun!  Parenthood is such a joy.

And we probably don’t need to talk about the fact that I turned 40 three weeks ago as well, now do we?

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Thanks, hubs!

So, now you know where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing these past few months.  And honestly, I can’t promise that this means a return to blogging regularly (or even sporadically) from now on, but I’ll at least try to check in occasionally.  If my little tyrant allows it.  Here’s hoping.

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Andrea
    Mar 23, 2015 @ 09:06:13

    You are a Rock Star! (an exhausted and sober one, but still) Congrats on your next greatest adventure!

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  2. Vanessa-Jane Chapman
    Mar 23, 2015 @ 09:23:54

    Hey, congratulations! You’re a stay-at-home mom to a baby, and you’re still able to write coherent sentences! Anything else is a bonus.

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  3. Nelson - One Old Sage
    Mar 23, 2015 @ 09:58:09

    Congratulations! I was hoping your absence was due to the arrival of your little bundle of joy. Also, congratulations on your new career. What a wonderful and exciting time for you. All the best and belated Happy Birthday!

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  4. Valerie
    Mar 23, 2015 @ 10:05:15

    Welcome back, Mama!!! How I miss you!! I think a visit is in order asap!

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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  5. Karin Dorsey
    Mar 23, 2015 @ 10:17:19

    Yeah – been thinking about you and am thrilled by all your news! I made the career change to be a SAHM many years ago – tough job but the best one I have ever had! Enjoy this chapter of your life!!! 🙂

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  6. Go Jules Go
    Mar 23, 2015 @ 11:21:57

    Ahhhh so happy to see some of my favorite tootsies up here! I was wondering about the Fate of Ninja Snaps, Esq. From everything you’d mentioned about your job, it sounds like this was such a wonderful decision. You are such an amazing mom! Changing diapers is one thing, but diet?

    P.S. – This no drinking thing? You give me a call as soon as THAT’S outta the way!

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  7. Jessica | Defining Wonderland
    Mar 23, 2015 @ 11:41:37

    Congratulations on your new slave driver! I’m sure he’s much cuter than the last boss. Just look at those toesies! But seriously, the no drinking thing might just put me off having children entirely. How do you do it, Misty?! I’ll raise an adult beverage tonight in your honor.

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  8. bluzdude
    Mar 23, 2015 @ 15:58:04

    Congratulations on dropping out of the business world… and the baby, of course.

    Pretty sure it’s going to put a crimp in Weekly (or yearly?) Whacked, if you’re limited to your own household though. But “our corner” isn’t going to be the same without you.

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  9. joannerambling
    Mar 23, 2015 @ 20:14:46

    Oh what wonderful news, yes babies take up a shit load of time they cry and poop and spit up on in the case of my youngest throw up all over the place after ever feed yeah that was a lot of fun

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  10. She's a Maineiac
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 08:41:54

    Congrats on your new career! Reading about what you’re going through reminds me of my son, because of his colic, severe acid reflux, milk allergy and other issues, I don’t think there was a time of day when he wasn’t screaming. Your son is almost at the point where he can sit up a bit and for me that was when things got SO much better. My son started to actually sleep more than scream.

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  11. Samantha Brinn Merel
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 09:33:51

    Welcome back, and congrats! Enjoy your new little guy, and hope to read more of your words soon.

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  12. The Cutter
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 09:49:39

    Congrats! Those little things really don’t like parents to sleep, do they?

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  13. Don't Quote Lily
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 12:02:38

    LOVE IT! So happy to see an update. Judging by his hands and feet, he’s adorable! And good for you staying at home to enjoy your last child. I’m currently pregnant and already wondering how I can go back to work, and my baby’s not even here yet. Enjoy your little bundle! Who needs sleep anyway? 😉

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  14. pegoleg
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 15:29:43

    I’m Sooooooo happy for you, Misty! I wish I had do-overs so I could stay home with my kids. All sounds fab, except the no drinking???? Is that a thing????

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  15. Jess Witkins
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 23:08:01

    I’m fashionably late to your blog post, Misty, but extremely excited for you and your fam nonetheless! I’m sure transitioning from attorney to stay at home will have its highs and lows, but so would changing any job. I hope for you it means more sleep, more laughs and adventures with all your men, more memories, and more casual fridays, and most importantly from this Wisconsin girl – more dairy in your future!

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  16. Carrie - Cannibalistic Nerd
    Mar 29, 2015 @ 23:19:09

    It is crazy how you just don’t have the time, isn’t it? I don’t do anything else but care for my kid either and I love it too, but you can’t really do much else. Anyway, congrats on the changes and I’m glad you’re enjoying them!

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  17. Judah First
    Apr 05, 2015 @ 08:27:30

    Congrats, Misty! Sounds like you all are doing great. Nice to catch up.

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