Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Big Update - March / April

It's good to be back.

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Susie has outgrown her constant need for comfort - HALLELUJAH! She started rolling last month and continues to develop ahead of schedule. At her four month appointment, I had to check the "no" box for the question "Does she roll from belly to back." During the appointment, she nearly rolled off the table from back to belly. The doctor looked at her and said "Wow, that happens at 6 months." Apparently my child is able to flip belly to back but just chooses not to, she'd rather roll back to belly and stick her head up and smile. What a stinker. She is a belly sleeper just like her big sister.

Now at 5 months, she found her thumb! We lay her down on her side so she can choose to get on her back and wiggle around or she can get on her tummy and sleep. Susie loves music, especially Frozen. She'll be a soprano for sure. Susie can mimic pitch really well for a baby, better than Joanna did. She loves when we clap her feet together and can go from 0 to smile in milliseconds. Her giggles are stupendous.

And she likes being worn! YAY! I can wear her in my Boba and ring sling now! We skipped the Moby stage completely.

And did I mention I'm weaning? Instead of nursing and supplementing 10% of the time, I'm now using formula and nursing about 15% of the time. It has been so wonderful to give up nursing! My hormones have stabilized, I'm not tired all of the time, and my back and neck pain have been alleviated a bit by the literal weight that was lifted off of my shoulders. I'm glad I nursed and I'm even more glad I'm done. I only nurse in the mornings at this point.

ImageJoanna has been the perfect older sister. She loves to help, she mimics us by using her dolls and stuffed animals, she is eager to hug and kiss Susie, and she loves making her smile. It's so freaking cute! We're trying our best to split our attention as evenly as possible. Some days I'm lucky when they nap at opposite times so I can have one on one time with them. Most days I'm just trying to survive until Jonathan gets home.

We spent Easter with Jonathan's family in Fredericksburg. Joanna had the time of her life running around her aunt and uncle's back yard searching for Easter eggs with her "cousins".  (The photo to the left is from Easter). We also visited a farm near our house a few weeks ago. It was the first time Joey was able to see a horse, chickens, pigs, turkeys, and peacocks in person! It was like seeing a child at Disney world and the cow was Princess Anna.

By the way, Frozen is played at least once a day in our home.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Job!

It is with deepest joy and greatest pleasure that I announce that I was offered a job in Education Administration in my dream county, with a salary that will cover childcare AND enough to move into our dream county, I'll have my own office, and I will finally have a place to wear all of my gorgeous jewelry every day. I will be a Registrar again! YAY! I officially start July 1st (the current Registrar is finishing out the school year.) I'm not naming where it is because this is the internet, and everything on the internet is searchable.

Remember how I searched for a job for nearly 18 months? Applying to over 100 jobs? Last week, I received an email from the librarian at the school saying that she found my resume on Indeed - she saw I attended and worked at Liberty University as a Registrar. She told me about the opening, said that she was also an alumni of Liberty, and asked if I would be interested in applying for the position. Shocked, I replied within minutes and thanked her for finding me! I altered my cover letter, spruced up my resume, and dug up my references. Within 12 hours, I had an interview scheduled for the following week. The interview consisted of 2 panels - one was administrative, the other was with principals. 2 days later, I was offered the job! Holy crap. HOLY CRAP.

As soon as the Headmaster called, I immediately felt 20 pounds lighter and began to cry. Working is a privilege. I now have a job where I can apply my education, experience, and passion. AND I'll make enough so my children can attend a great daycare and have a great house to call their home. I'm overjoyed, y'all. Like, seriously overjoyed.

I'll be using these next months to train part-time. We're also using that time to find the perfect childcare that fits both of our daughter's needs. There are hundreds of places to choose from in Northern Virginia and I'm really thankful for the variety we have.

It feels really great to be a working mother again. I'm going to be happier, my children are going to have the opportunity to be more active, and everyone will be able to meet and play with new people.