Now that I'm back at work, my mother-in-law (MIL) watches Buddy and Kat twice a week. (And at the end of the month, Buddy will join Kat at daycare for the other three days.) Unfortunately, with Buddy's ear infection, he has been a lot fussier than usual (the sign that indicated an ear infection in the first place) and hasn't been napping well. I know that it's because his ear hurts, and I had lots of ear infections as a kid, so I understand his pain. But his fussiness really tests my patience. Fortunately, I am able to hand him off to NerdDad when I've had enough, but my poor MIL has been struggling while watching both kids on her own. Hopefully, the antibiotics will do their thing, and he'll be back to his old self again soon.
So far, the work-family balance hasn't been too hard, but I am also working from home half the week, at least until the end of December. So the back-to-work adjustment is spread out over the month. On one hand, adjusting to this new routine has been fairly easy, so spreading out the adjustment period has been nice. But on the other hand, I know that another new routine is just around the corner, and I almost just wish I could get it all over with at once. For now though, I'm trying to enjoy my workdays at home with my Buddy.
Yesterday, we started off the weekend with a little mid-morning Christmas shopping. NerdDad and I each took one kid and off we went. Thankfully the crowds weren't too heavy yet (probably because of the non-stop rain). Between just a couple of shopping trips and a decent amount of online shopping, we have made a decent dent in our Christmas lists already. Considering our usual procrastination, we're feeling pretty proud of ourselves!
After the busy week, I'm spending today getting into the Christmas spirit and recharging for the week ahead. I spent the morning sipping peppermint mocha coffee and listening to Christmas music while making cookies with Kat. It's been sooo nice! A big thank you to NerdDad for holding Buddy all morning so that I could bake. :) He'll be rewarded with lots of cookies!