5:03: Get in car, call Annie.
5:15: Make it out of parking garage.
5:25: Make it off campus. (I am so not making this up, just ask Annie.) Total distance = less than 1/2 mile from garage.
5:45: Make it the remaining six miles home. Average speed from office to home = 10 mph.
6:15: Start bedtime routine. Get Minnow in bath. Remember that I need to take a photo for Minnow’s Project 365 blog. (A suspicious number of recent photos have been taken at bathtime or on the way out the door in the morning.) Get Minnow into jammies, read “Is your Mama a Llama?” and start “Blueberries for Sal” before she crashes. Nurse her, burp her, tuck her stuffed dog into the crib and turn on womb sounds, walk around and sing to her until she fusses. Assure her that my breasts are still there and available to her. Burp her. Walk around and sing to her until she fusses. Repeat steps 2 and 3. Finally she falls asleep.
7:15: Thank goodness she’s asleep. I’m starving. Pick up house until dinner’s ready.
7:30: Ham and spinach for dinner. Fish and I both discuss how tired we are and how our weekend plans to go to the mountains have been sabotaged by a fencing contractor. L
8:00: Go upstairs to home office. Quickly blog. Then get back to lecture writing.
9:30: Contemplate how amazingly long she’s been asleep. Contemplate thirst.
9:50: Decide that in just 10 more minutes, I’ll stop working and actually go get that glass of water I’m craving.
9:55: Minnow wakes up. Wants Mommy. I nurse her and go to bed without my water. Dang.
10:40: Minnow wakes up and fusses. Pacifier soothes her.
11:15: Minnow wakes up and fusses. I nurse her to sleep.
12:05: Minnow wakes up and fusses. I don’t remember how I got her back to sleep.
2:00: Minnow wakes up and stays awake. I move to rocking chair where she nurses and then sleeps restlessly in my arms, waking several times to fuss, but not wanting to nurse.
3:45: Realizing that I’ve been dozing, my arm is numb, and Minnow is temporarily asleep, I carry her back to bed.
4:05: Minnow wakes up. I make Fish take her until 4:45.
And another day begins.
- The extraordinary night fussiness (even by Minnow’s standards) was determined, in retrospect, to be the result of teething. This was our first experience with it.
- Getting off campus is flipping ridiculous. Other faculty say, "just leave at 6," but if I do that I won't be home before bedtime. And then there are the people that say "leave at 4." That might be an option if I thought I'd get any work done at home while she's awake, but I know I won't.
- I've been trying to get two solid hours of work in during the evening to compensate for short(er) days on campus. It makes me feel less stressed about work to know I'll have time in the evening, but it doesn't leave a lot of time for Fish or housework, much less downtime.