Wow, L.E. is 5 months old already! These last few months have flown by. I'm pretty sure it's because I've become the very thing that a lot of women despise: a working mom. I went back to work at the end of June. It's been very stressful; a lot has changed since I went on maternity leave. My boss was let go along with 4 other people. I now report to my friend. As tough as it is to take direction from someone that i've gotten drunk with periodically (before pregnancy, obviously), he has done a great job with getting things done and is very understanding with my putting L.E. first. As long as I get my work done, that is. I'm pretty much non-stop from the moment I walk into the office until i burn out mid-afternoon and need a baby fix. Then it's go-go-go till 5. I feel like I'm never close to finishing everything but I'm doing the best I can.
L.E. has been at my company's onsite daycare. Talk about an awesome benefit! I can visit her every day and I usually do. And to make the transition even easier, L.E. absolutely LOVES daycare! She loves being around other babies and she has zero stranger-danger. In fact, we think she gets a little crankier on weekends because her little friends aren't around. She's quite the social butterfly.
She's still in her brace for pretty much the entire day. I can tell that the daycare's educarers really hate dealing with it but only for reasons that affect L.E. It's not that inconvenient for them but they see how much happier she is without it when they change her diaper. We've been much more liberal with it; she gets a little break from the brace every morning for her roly-poly time. We set up "thunderdome" (her play mat) along with a blanket and she just rolls back and forth from her back to her tummy. We couldn't be happier that she met this milestone at pretty much the same time as other babies her age. I was greatly worried the brace would hinder her development in those areas. Dr. P. assured us that it wouldn't and that she would learn to crawl with it on but quite frankly, she has no desire to do so. It's pretty heavy; one nice thing is that she can sit up unattended while wearing it but gravity usually takes over in the end.
Our next appointment to check her progress is mid-September. She'll have some more x-rays done and hopefully her sockets are as deep as they're supposed to be. Then she'll just be in the brace at night. Fingers crossed.
Not much else to report except that L.E. is a very happy baby. She smiles and laughs all the time. She has this amazing affect on people when they see her. She's absolutely mesmerizing.
I promise I'll post more often. Till then, take care!