Pictures from Katherine's fourth month added 11/27/08.
Katherine will be 4 months old on Thanksgiving. We have SOOOO much to be thankful for. We are thankful for everyone's health, for Katherine (who came just as I was planning to have exploratory surgery to figure out my strange anatomy), for providing us with a house that exceeded our expectations, and for bringing us closer to our family, both physically and emotionally. The updates have been lacking because we have been extremely busy.
Being back at work was difficult, especially after my first day when I came back home to the baby screaming and Gene holding the baby running around the house saying, "I don't know what to do. I don't know what to do." Once he realized that the baby's naps were not an optional thing, things went much smoother. Gene survived his 2 weeks alone with Katherine. In actuality, he only had 3 days where he had Katherine completely to himself. He had his friends help on some of the days where he had classes in the morning and my mom came for a few days. He is VERY happy to have his parents back here to help with the baby. There was one day where he had to study for his test in the evening, he was on the phone incessantly with people about our house, and the baby (sensing his stress) was crying most of the day. He said he just wanted to lock himself in a closet and hide. It was a good learning and bonding experience for him...and they both came out alive.
I only went back to work for 3 weeks, since we were planning on moving. Being back made me realize how much I loved doing that for a living, but also made me realize that it would not be possible for me to work there and spend time with my daughter. I'm glad I made the choice to spend time with my daughter. I will miss the grumpy (and not-so-grumpy) old vets. I learned SO much from being there. It was a very unique opportunity for my specialty (geriatric pharmacy). I learned so much about the clinical aspects of treating the elderly (both to improve life and to improve dying--through Hospice), and I also learned many life lessons about how to treat the helpless and dying. I was very fortunate to work with such a caring staff that encorporated my services into the team. I grew so much professionally and as a person.
We are STILL in the process of buying a house that is right in between my parent's house and Gene's parents house. We were supposed to sign everyday for the past 2 weeks. We are SUPPOSED to sign tomorrow, but I am not holding my breath. We are being kicked out of our current residence today. I am writing this as Gene, his parents, and the movers are bringing our stuff to Sacramento. The incoming tenants wanted to move in as soon as possible because they have moved from Israel and are currently living in a hotel. Because we haven't signed for the house yet, things will be stored at Gene's parent's house until the house is officially ours. I wanted to avoid moving twice, but what can you do...
I was fortunate to have several job offers awaiting me, which is a good thing with the current economy. I went with the first offer, which is a management position under my old boss who had left the pharmacy we worked at around the same time I did. I have always avoided management, but have been pushed into it several times in my career. This time around, I am still uncertain I will be able to handle it, but the benefits of a nice schedule and a hard working staff was hard to pass up. It helps that the one hiring me is my old boss, so I know that he will be supportive and I have someone to fall back on.
Katherine is still chugging along. This past month she had her baby dedication at our church on her 100th day. She was a ladybug for our neighborhood's pre-halloween pizza party. She had a doctor's appointment this past Friday. She didn't gain much weight in the past two months, but she is still "on the curve". She is now 12 pounds 13 ounces and 24.5 inches. She thinks that everything is funny. She has an easy smile and will crack up from time to time. She is much less fussy. Naptime is when she has the most difficulty (too tired to sleep). She LOVES playing in the play yard. She looks at herself in the mirror and tugs and chews on the toys. The doctor says that we can start giving her rice cereal sometime between now and 6 months. I can't wait to start because she seems so interested in what we are eating. We have been so busy lately that we haven't been taking pictures. I will post what we have once I get a chance.