Back to Work

September 9, 2010

Thirteen weeks of maternity leave initially struck me as an almost inconceivably long, indulgent stretch of free time, so it came as something of a shock for me to return to work yesterday. Overall, it’s nice to be back, especially since it turns out that I do remember how to talk to other adults after all. (I had a vision of myself coming in and saying something like, “Now who’s the cutest boss ever? Is it you? It is you, you silly bugga-bugga…do you have a smile for Mommy?”)

It’s a little weird to be away from Lorelei for so much of the day. I now understand why Eric gets upset when he doesn’t see her eyes for days on end because she’s asleep during the short morning and evening stretches he’s home with her. (His new theory: “I swear she plays possum when I’m around.”) Last night she was awake just long enough to show us a new trick she picked up at some point during the day: poking her tongue in and out of her mouth over and over. One of the older babies must have turned her on to that.

We’ve worked out an arrangement whereby I drop her off in the mornings and Eric picks her up in the evenings. This is fine for now, though I’ll definitely be getting the short end of the emotional stick when she’s old enough to know what’s going on.

Every day, I will be the abandoner (the one who brings her), and Eric will be the rescuer (the one who springs her). So long as Eric doesn’t conspire with her to heighten his status as hero – “Every day, I tell Mommy not to bring you here, but she just doesn’t listen. Thank God Daddy loves you…” – we should be fine.

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4 Responses to “Back to Work”

  1. Chris Foster Says:

    Jen, I’m the abandoner as well


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  3. […] by the time Eric and Lorelei arrived home from daycare (as you may recall, he is the designated picker-upper), we had a house full of people and a street full of fire trucks. The fire department’s […]


  4. […] by the time Eric and Lorelei arrived home from daycare (as you may recall, he is the designated picker-upper), we had a house full of people and a street full of fire trucks. The fire department’s […]


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