I have to go where?!?

posted May 16, 2011, 3:58 PM by Sara Zenter   [ updated May 19, 2011, 1:16 PM ]
Well, that is what I imagine Christopher thinking in this photo, as I explain to him that Mommy has to go back to work and he has to go to school/daycare.
And on Monday May 2nd, I dropped Christopher off for his first day of school.  (We mainly call it school because that is what Benjamin, our nephew, is used to hearing - therefore, we got used to calling it that when they lived with us.)  I did not return to work until Tuesday May 3rd, but I wanted to have his first day of school as a half day; so both of us could get used to it and have a dry run.  It wasn't too bad.  After dropping Christopher off, I came home for a while to do some house cleaning then headed to get a pedicure.  After my pedicure, I picked Christopher up and it was the best feeling!  Tuesday, Stephen and I both dropped Christopher off.  I was very happy when the day went by quickly because I surely missed my little man.  Stephen went with me the whole first week to make sure I was okay :)  How sweet is he?  The more days we drop him off, the easier it gets.  The best part is the fact that I can watch him anytime I want through a camera system at school!  It is the best thing ever....even Gran (my mom) and Zennie (Stephen's mom) have accounts so they can watch him as well. 
The first week of school took some adjusting to our schedules.  The first adjustment was Stephen now gives Christopher his last feeding of the night at 9pm so I can go to bed early.  I get up with him between 3:30am and 4:30am and then get up for my day at 5am.  The second adjustment was Christopher getting used to school.  He came home the first week exhausted!  He wasn't sleeping as much there as he had been at home.  Monday (even though it was a short day) and Tuesday he would just scream and cry from about 7pm until his bath between 8:30pm and 9pm.  Wednesday was a little better and his screaming and crying lasted about 30 minutes or so.  Thursday and Friday were much better; no screaming and crying!  Friday we left Christopher with Julie so we could go to the RNASA ceremony.  And on Sunday, we celebrated my very first Mother's Day!  I couldn't have asked for a better day with my sweet little family!

The second week was much easier when it came to dropping him off at school.  But this was the first time that we had to deal with Christopher being sick, if you want to call it that.  Monday morning (May 9th), not too long after midnight, we woke up to a weird sound over the monitor.  I could tell something was wrong with Christopher, so we go into his room.  To our surprise, he is completely congested.  Poor little man couldn't breathe out of his nose and doesn't know how to breathe out of his mouth yet.  So what do you do?  Well, since he was hungry, we tried to feed him.  He was able to eat for a while until his congestion got in the way.  That is when I decided to call the nurse on duty with our pediatrician.  Since there wasn't anything we could give Christopher to help him and we didn't have a humidifier yet, I had to make a humidifier out of his bathroom.  So that is what I did and suctioned out his nose.  Monday I took him to the doctor, just to make sure, and she told me he was just congested.  And they would keep an eye on him since I have horrible environmental allergies and Stephen has allergies too.  So Monday after work, I headed to Babies-R-Us to go get him a humidifier.  Now Christopher goes to sleep with a humidifier going.  I am glad to say that he is doing much better and slept in his bed last night, instead of in the bouncer in his bed! 


And the start to the third week is getting even easier!!  We are now into a very wonderful schedule.  I am getting at least 6 hours straight of sleep!  Christopher goes to bed around 9:30pm and gets up between 3:30am and 4:30am to have a feeding.  He is then awake at 6:30am for the start to his day.  And he is usually in a very good mood in the mornings.  He is just smiling and talking to Stephen and me.  I guess he is a morning person, just like Stephen and me.  He has a more regular eating and sleeping schedule at school and then comes home to spend time with us!  Since starting school, they say he is always a "happy camper" :)


Some other milestones that have happened is that Christopher is smiling now!  If you haven't looked in our photo album, you need to see his big smile.  We constantly see this smile.  He really is a very happy child!  Christopher recognizes Stephen and I and just gives this big, wide smile.  It will melt your heart!  He has also outgrown almost all of his 0-3 month onesies and sleep-n-plays.  He hasn't outgrown them because he is too chubby; he has outgrown them because he is too long!  We are now using 6 month sleep-n-plays and about to have to go to 6 month onesies.  The only bad part of him being so long and lean, is the fact that any of his pants and shorts that are 3 months are too big in the waist and swallow him!  So it is fun sometimes trying to figure out what to dress him in :)