Elijah and Luke
MY five weeks #maternity leave is almost coming to an end. Yes, I can only afford to take a month and a week off work because I can’t qualify for #FMLA, and there is no such thing as a Short Term Disability here in New Mexico…
I feel for my littlest boy as I am unable to take off all the 12 weeks like I did with my two older children, but it is a hard decision that I have to make. I just feel blessed to have my Mom and Dad help us out like always. With all the unfortunate news you hear and read online about babysitters, I would not trust anybody BUT family to take care of someone so little and so fragile.
So, May 15, is the day. I received messages from my Nurse Managers verifying the date of my return and if I needed some accommodation for breast feeding or pumping. Really, what more could I ask for? They’ve always been considerate and understanding of my situation.
Being home with children (specially with a #newborn) feels almost like fulfilling a Mother’s basic need, it is fulfilling that desire to just be there… be present for when you are needed physically and emotionally. But as much as I would love to stay home, I know that I have to go back to work as well.
Right now, I am squeezing all that is left of my 12 days off – cooking for the family, taking lots of pictures, scrapbooking and blogging. More than anything, I have to say, I will surely miss staying home with my two little boys. All the mornings I wake up just staring Luke’s face, and the rest of the day conversing with Elijah.
These photos are part of our Easter shots (see #Luke’s First #Easter Gallery) I sorted the pictures and selected those I can use for a stand alone album. It was fun taking these photos with my two little boys. I know pretty soon, #Elijah will also start running away from the camera just like #Alyssa so I am taking every opportunity to snap some photos while he is into it. Baby Luke just don’t care at this time… and I have years to stock up on thousands more.
I embrace today’s technology making sure I get to snap so much memories for my children to enjoy when they are older and preoccupied with life that they forget the wonders being younger themselves. From #DSLR/regular cameras and wide range of softwares, we are no longer limited to just several photos… I, for one, take hundreds in a month – giving me thousands of snapshots in a year!