The last few weeks have been pretty hectic for me! Approximately 6 weeks ago, I was hired for a new job, and things have been reeling since! I officially started the new job on November 15th, but we got a big surprise in Maryland with 12 hours of nasty winter weather that started in the middle of the night on the 14th. So on my first day in my new position, I got the day off! I am still working for the school system, but instead of working full time with children in the classroom and school environment, I am providing therapy to infants and toddlers in their homes on a part time basis. I am going from 5 days a week 10 months a year to 3 days a week 12 months a year. Because I am working for an “office” under the county system, I am now a 12 month employee and will not get off work on snow days if only schools close. However, if the weather is bad enough, offices will close as well. Hence, the day off on the 15th.
My first day in my new position started last week and I cannot say enough about how welcoming, supportive, and encouraging all the staff at my new office have been. Everyone is excited for me to be a part of the team, willing to answer questions and guide me in my decision making process. I am thrilled for this new adventure in my profession as an occupational therapist and I can’t help but think the timing is impeccable. With poppyseed Ross coming in the spring and my blog growing steadily, I want and need more time to dedicate to these other passions in my life.
Speaking of poppyseed, I have been feeling wonderful these past few weeks! My energy levels are higher than ever and I’m starting to get back on track with healthier eating and drinking lots of fluids. Between weeks 14 and 16, I had frequent “round ligament pain,” but it came in short spurts so it was barely uncomfortable. And since then, it has decreased significantly. I only occasionally feel a burst of cramping or pain. I know it’s totally normal and will pass quickly, so I just take a deep breath and let it run its course.
Last week, I had my 16 week checkup and Brian came along with me. It was the day before Thanksgiving so Brian took the day off and we made a day date out of it. Haha never in a million years would I have thought a day date would include going into a brightly lit sterile room and having a stranger squeeze a glob of gel on my stomach only to rub a small plastic device over it with high frequency sound waves. But it did and it was glorious! This was the first time I had to wait more than 2 weeks between appointments and the anxiety and apprehension always builds a few days before, worrying if everything still sounds and feels exactly how it should. The good news…it did! This was Brian’s first time hearing poppyseeds heartbeat and he was pretty excited. I was so happy to have him there because he frequently travels for work and we don’t always have the opportunity to go together, especially in previous months with IVF. I was at the doctors 3, 4, and sometimes 5 days a week. Just not feasible for him or most people to join their partner with appointments so often.
Our day date included a few other outings. But that’s us. Since our very first date, when Brian wrote out a 16 hour itinerary and we went from boating to dinner to a night out on the town, we’ve always been keen to explore and make a day out of a variety of adventures. We’ve rarely just gone to dinner and left it at that. On Wednesday, we stopped into Record & Tape Traders in Towson. We have a new found love for vinyl and they are going out of business so we hoped we’d find a few deals. We left with $80 worth of records from Purple Rain to Traveler by Chris Stapleton, and Manheim Steamroller Christmas to Michael Jackson. Let’s just say it was well worth the trip! And finally, we checked out Alonzo’s, a burger joint in Roland Park that came recommended by a friend. Prices were reasonable and Brian’s burger was stellar (even though he opted for the 1/2 pounder instead of the BIG one haha). My crab pretzel left a little more to be desired, but the flavor was good and service was great, so we will go back again!