Last days of maternity leave

Today is my next-to-last day of maternity leave… there have been lots of ups and downs. Taking care of a newborn has been incredibly stressful at times, particularly as I realized after about a month that I didn’t have much to say to keep up my end of an adult conversation that wasn’t about either poo or boobs. All in all, though, motherhood is definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever done. I am constantly amazed at the fact that my body made this little person (with a little help from Dad) and by the wonder that he is bringing into our lives and that will only get bigger as we experience the universe anew.

Sadly, too, I’m going back to work on Wednesday at just the moment when Elliott is starting to get more interesting and to more actively explore and play. I’ll be taking 2 days per week off for a couple of months, which feels like a great balance for me. While I love this kid with everything I’ve got, intellectually challenging, he is not.

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