I am planning on making a trip home starting Monday while my husband goes to training in South Carolina. I should arrive there on Tuesday and stay for about 2 weeks. For those of you at "home," I'd love to meet up if you are available. It will be nice to be able to get of the house more. It's hard for Lee and myself here because he works very long hours. He is very kind to watch the baby for a little while when he gets home every day so that I can work out. But I hate to have him watch the baby too much on his own because he works 12+ hours (sometimes 24 hours) and I feel he needs a chance to relax. Even though I feel run-down sometimes with the baby, I at least do have the opportunity to lay down and nap when I feel like it.
During the day, when I want to go out, I always go with a baby in tow. It's a lot tricker than it seems. I have to decide if I should take the stroller, or put the carseat in a cart. Gordon Lee's carseat is too big to sit in the upper part of the cart, so he has to take up the whole cart. I could take him out of his carseat and wear him around as I shop, but that's extra time and guaranteed crying for him. The tear-free way is to leave him in his carseat. Usually I put the carseat into his stroller and grab a basket to pick up a few things. Sometimes, when I go to Target, I put him in the cart. But I still can't pick up anything big because it's not like I'm going to put something on top of him. lol I never would have imagined that shopping with a baby would take so much "figuring out."
So, I definitely look forward to just going to the store without having to worry about exactly how I am going to get in and out of there...or sticking my butt out of the side of the backseat while I fasten him in there. I have never been so homesick as I am now. Having time with the baby is great, but I do miss some independence every now and then. The gym is actually a much-coveted time for me. It is a little time when I don't have to worry about the baby and it actually provides me with one more thing--something I can control. Soothing him sometimes feels like taking shots in the dark. Sometimes something works and other times it doesn't. But when I go to the gym, I know that if I do something a certain way, I will have the same result every time. I never knew how refreshing that would be.
I am rambling now. I never knew I would long for the comforts of home and family as much as I am. And I am truly looking forward to feeling a little more care-free during the day. Thank you, Mama and Papa!