Whoops-wrote this last week and never posted. Hoping to have a moment to write about the most exciting recent event-Janou and Max’s wedding! Until then, some thoughts on hanging out with Diego :)
Writing this on my phone, with a napping Diego on my chest, aka, my happy place. When planning out my parental leave, I received some excellent advice: take a little time ramping up to a 100% return to work.
Thankfully, my organization is very family friendly, and they were open to my request to work four days a week during my first three months back. Since returning, I’ve spent Fridays at home with this sweet face:
Today is my last Diego Friday, and I’ll be back to 100% next week. I’m so grateful for these Fridays off. I’ve absolutely treasured the time and look forward to my Diego day all week. I also learned that working 80% is actually really hard, and it will be good to have more dedicated hours (and daycare time) to get stuff done.
That said, I’m definitely going to miss these special days! The past few months have been…chaotic…and I haven’t handled everything as well as I had hoped. Having these days helped keep me relatively sane and I’m thankful for the extra hours of snuggling and giggling that we had each week.
Some Fridays we would be getting ready for a trip, so those days were usually a blur of packing, house cleaning, cramming the weekend errands, and hitting the road.
But on the Fridays where we didn’t have to be anywhere, we just chilled. They tended to look something like this:
Floor time! In the living room and the yard.
And, until recently, with David’s new long days and commute, prepping for happy hour and dinner on the deck :)
Oh Diego, I hope I soaked up each moment of these special Fridays together. I can’t believe you’ll be seven months soon and it boggles my mind how much you’ve grown. Grateful for every moment that we spend together, and so thankful for these simple, happy days together :)