This is the first week that I’ve gotten to have what is to be my new schedule of four 10 hour shifts. The first two weeks, they wanted me there for five days just so I could get into the routine of things faster. But the way things will go from here on out, I will have a rotating weekday off. This also means that I will sometimes have a 3 or 4 day weekend when my day falls on Monday, Friday, or both. Hooray!
The days really are longer than 10 hour shifts because I’m salaried and don’t get paid for prep time in the mornings. I’ve been getting there a little before 6 so I don’t feel rushed through my prep work. 6:30 is about the latest I could ever show up and get what I need to do done for a 7 o’clock start. My day ends at 5. So really, it’s about 11 hours, but that’s okay 🙂 I get to have days like today with my little man.
Today was an absolutely perfect Fall day for a jog and some park time. After I made us breakfast, we got dressed and went to the park. One of the really nice things that I like about my rental house in Columbia is that we are right next to some great trail access.
This part of the trail is 8 feet wide and paved. It curves around and has some gentle hills that take us to a park 2 miles away. At the park it connects with the MKT which will take you to downtown Columbia and connects with the Katy Trail as well. I feel really fortunate to have such an easy way to play and exercise.
I jogged a good bit of the trip today, which felt really good. I was recently cleared by my OB to pick up jogging again if I want to. Normally, the general rule is that anything you were doing before you were pregnant, you can keep doing, perhaps with some modifications. I followed that rule during my pregnancy with Eli, and continued running/jogging up to 35 weeks, at which point I switched to walking. I had him 2.5 weeks later anyway, so that was probably a good thing. The issue was that with this pregnancy, I wasn’t running from the beginning.
Sadly, I experienced two subsequent first trimester pregnancy losses earlier this year. With this pregnancy, I started progesterone supplementation before I even had a positive test, and I have been blessed with a healthy and medically uncomplicated pregnancy, just like my first. The difference now is that I was really gun-shy for a long time. I was just so scared of losing another baby. I know that running did not cause my miscarriages, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I was so scared of everything. Then I was really sick because of the progesterone for 14 weeks, nauseated, throwing up a lot, exhausted, etc. studying for boards, then we had that ridiculous heat wave. It was just.not.happening. So now I find myself 26 weeks pregnant and really missing my running endorphins and a toned behind 😉 It feels like starting over, but I felt good and I felt safe today and I know that when I go again on Saturday, I will be able to walk even less.
One thing that was really awesome was appreciating how stinkin’ friendly people in Columbia can be. I must have exchanged good mornings with 20 people coming the other direction and every one of them seemed genuinely cheerful. I love this town.
So we had a great time at the park. I love being able to play with and teach Elijah all sorts of random stuff. It’s also cool to see improvements in coordination in just a few days of my absence. Today, he pointed out single digit numbers on the Conservation Department sign posting the limits for catching fish in the lake. Then he wanted me to the read the sign over and over and over again. It was pretty cute.
Then we came home and he had some independent playtime in his playroom while I showered and dressed, and we went to run a few errands.
He picked up this Mizzou hat off a display and put it on himself. He thinks he’s big stuff.
Then we had lunch and he went down for his nap. I indulged in some naptime as well after I had taken care of a few things. Then we had snack, played and read, had dinner, bath, talked to Daddy on the phone (thank goodness for facetime), and got ready for bed. I’m such a lucky girl. I love this kiddo so much.
Days like today are really special to me because I know his time as my only child is running very short. Baby Girl will be here before we know it. To me, one of the most amazing things about motherhood is that I know I will love her and any other children we may have just as much as I love him. Although he hasn’t been a “baby” for almost 8 months now, her arrival will place him even more officially in the Little Boy category. This is wonderful, and growing and changing is a beautiful part of life, but it’s still a little sad. I see his sweet baby moments going further and further into the past, and I’m tearing up just thinking about it. SO. I guess what I’m saying is that I’m really blessed to be able to work in a job I feel really good about and also to have the time to spend 3 whole days a week with him in addition to the evenings we normally have. With Marcus gone 50% of the time, I have him all to myself, which is pretty special to me, in spite of the challenges that come with half-time solo parenting 🙂