Life is much improved!
Laundry! The Lord did a miracle to help me not hate it so
Thanks to Nikki R. on Facebook. Fortunately, laundry has become less odious to me than it used to be. It used to be literally my least favorite activity and I never did it. It just stood in piles everywhere and we'd sift through it. But then, one day, I felt as if God wanted me to learn to do laundry and He told me He could make it bearable. I didn't believe Him. But I started doing it. And what do you know, but the dread I used to have of it is largely gone. I put it away and everything these days. That's how cool God is. That used to be something I thought was impossible. Because I really did hate laundry so.
Cooking! I have been watching Alton Brown
He has to have a well-rounded appetite! Therefore, I plan on feeding him all kinds of good, healthy things, as any mom should! Fruits, carrots, and even weird things like asparagus. I'm cooking some tonight - wish me luck! I've never had any before myself. That is about to change. So far, I've cooked pot pie and macaroni - the pot pie was a big win, the macaroni wasn't. More experimentation necessary.
I've collected some cooking equipment locked away in my parent's garage from our old apartment. I've got a crock pot somewhere, and Elizabeth gave me a website about crock pot recipes, and I ordered some real spices from TheSpiceHouse.com! Nutmeg and paprika - the whole nutmeg (unground) smells amazing. Alton is always using it, and grating it into things, so I wanted to get some. I get to try it out for the first time tonight! Nutmeg and lemon zest go on the asparagus!
Working! I have been going into Emory once a week
A typical day
11:30 pm - I feed the baby
3:30 am - John feeds the baby
5:30 am - John gets up for work, washes bottles
6:00 am - I feed the baby
9:00 am - I feed the baby, feed the cats, maybe try to feed myself
10:00 am - I go to my parents house with the baby and have coffee and eat something if I haven't yet - or I don't go to my parents house and continue to do housework. If I go to my parent's house, sometimes I'll let my mom watch Isaiah while I go to the grocery store, or visit friends, for a few hours, to get out of the house.
12 noon - I feed the baby, and eat lunch, and try to clean up from lunch, and try to wash bottles as needed
3:00 pm - I feed the baby, do laundry
6:00 pm - I feed the baby; John comes home about 7 pm and plays with the baby; then we eat a frozen pizza, or John will eat a frozen pizza and I will eat food from mom and dad; OR, I will attempt a new Alton Brown recipe (like tonight - this I'm trying to make happen once a week); then while we eat or after we eat, we'll play Star Wars the Old Republic online game together, while Isaiah sleeps or is in my wrap.
9:00 pm - I feed the baby
12 midnight - I feed the baby
3:00 am - John feeds the baby
Sometimes John feeds the baby more often. Sometimes not. While feeding the baby, I'll most often watch Alton Brown, and sometimes other random movies. I've watched The Matrix, part of Zootopeia, U.S. Marshals, part of Star Trek, part of the Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo... I don't know what else.
Next week, I go back to work!
I am very scared of going back to work - mostly because I fear I won't have good ideas for my science, and I'm going to be a lame duck scientist. Lots of people encourage me that this is not so, but I still have to fight these fears off every day. It's tiring. I need to pray about it, I think. I haven't done a great job spending time with the Lord on maternity leave, like I had hoped. I do look forward to getting back into my old routine, and to reading more articles. Being at work I think will actually be fun, because I'll be able to do more than just feed the baby all day. I need to get a paper published badly as well - and I'm scared my data isn't good enough - and / or it won't get into a good journal. We shall see. I think God will take care of me. As it is, ready or not, work comes. I'm going to be leaving for work at 6 am, getting to work at 7 am and leaving around 4 pm, so I can see Isaiah some when I get home.
Stay tuned to see how working and mom life goes!