Saturday, August 19, 2006


Well the transition to life at home without help from mom has proven challenging. I was exhausted and depressed by the time Mark came home from work yesterday and Claire was fussing and I was stressed. She hadn't slept much all evening and was fussy. I had a good long cry when Mark came home and I talked to him about how I felt and why and we figured out some solutions like encouraging more visitors, having Mark drive instead of take the bus so that his commute time is reduced, wear Claire in the sling for more hours of the day and taking a break sometimes.

When I woke up for the 3 am feed I was already feeling better and Claire and I had a great day today.

We got a nice break tonight. It is our fifth wedding anniversary and we went to an expensive downtown restaurant called Engine Co. No. 28. The food was delicious the service was great and the company was top notch. Our good friend Beth Hupp stayed with Claire while we went out.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on getting away to celebrate. A break from the stresses of parenthood is essential.

I am glad you were able to talk about the frustrations and plan some strategies for eleviating the stress. Being mature parents, age wise, makes such a difference in perceptions and coping mechanisms. I am proud of both of you.

Beth said...

Hi Jen,

I really enjoyed my two hour stint with Claire and I look forward to many more to come in the not too distant future.

I am in Neuro ICU today, and wishing I was a NICU nurse so I could hold, feed, and diaper some babies :).