Today was a rainy day and Emmie and I spent most of the day napping. I did manage to clean both bathrooms and pick up a little around the house. I've been trying to keep us on a budget lately, so meals at home are a must. I have been trying to be really good about cooking dinner at home instead of eating out, so last night I thought I would try my hand at a new crock pot recipe. Normally when I make a crockpot meal, and I have to be honest, they just aren't that good. So tonight for dinner, I decided to give it one more try, and made this recipe, salsa chicken. I have to say, it was just ok. I think I actually let it cook too long in the crock pot, which of course is what is always going to happen with crockpot meals because I just forget about it with running around all over the place.
Emmie seems to be a little more alert every day. She is slowly but surely gaining more strength in her neck and trying really hard to hold her head up. Last night was a little better sleep wise, but she is still waking up every 3-4 hours (completely expected from a 5 week old). She does have issues during her first feeding of the night, around 12AM, where she will take her bottle and then REFUSE to go back to sleep! I think she is just gonna be stubborn like her Momma:)
I spoke to my manager today about my return from maternity leave. The date for now is September 21st. As of that day I will transition to working full time except now I will not be nearly as well rested:) Hopefully Emmie will take pity on me and start sleeping for longer stretches. I wish so badly that we were at a point in our lives where I could stay home with her at least part time, but unfortunately that is just not in the cards for us right now. Since Emmie's 2 week stay in the NICU, I have felt so strongly about taking her out anywhere and just letting her out of my sight, so of course thinking about someone (that I don't know) watching my baby ALL DAY causes me much anxiety. I know that it is in God's hands and everything will work out for the best. But, for now September 21st is going to be a very sad and traumatic day for me and I'm sure Emmie won't remember a thing. We still don't have child care arrangements quite worked out. Shan is only working half days right now, so we may only need someone to watch her for half days.
I'm planning on taking Emmie to the hospital wednesday or thursday to meet some of my co workers, so I'll try to take some pictures. I need to remember to start taking some pictures for you all to look at! For now I'll just leave a sweet pic of my baby girl:)