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It got busy this week! Lots going on at home, work, and otherwise as well.  Life My daughter's school decided to close on Friday, along with several other schools in the area, with some being closed from Thursday. Not enough staff. The school had been on a mask mandate since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping it only for one week when the pandemic had appeared to have stabilized last year. And yet, they dropped the mandate completely at the beginning of this year, when cases were exponentially rising, only to bring it back again starting next week. I've gone from being very annoyed to angry to feeling fatigue in these first two weeks already. I won't lie - we all mask around here and try to avoid going where we don't have a need to be in, and still, we are not taking anything close to the extreme precaution we all took at the beginning of the pandemic. I cannot and don't want to keep my kids home - I have at least that much faith in the schools' precautions

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Happy Sunday! It's been a little more than three weeks since my last regular post though it doesn't feel that long. The last three weeks have been a blur of sleepless nights, a ton of feedings, and trying to get some rest whenever I can. Shreya will be three weeks old tomorrow and I'm amazed that she's even been here that long, especially considering how impatient I was during the last few weeks of my pregnancy waiting for this perfect bundle to arrive.

I wrote this blog post yesterday, when I was running on a productivity high and had plenty of time to do a lot of things. That was a good thing because I didn't sleep a wink last night, and only just now got a few minutes to load this post into Blogger. We had a looooooooooong feeding session going on and Shreya was wide awake through the night, which was both exasperating and frustrating. But funny, in retrospect. I managed to catch up on some zzz's a while ago, so I feel a lot refreshed now than I did this morning.

Later this week, we have family coming over for Shreya's naming ceremony (similar to a baptism) next weekend. The house is going to erupt at the seams so I'm hoping for plenty of good sleep this week - the only way I can have a sane head nowadays.

The one thing I was most curious about pre-baby was reading. Thanks to all the help around the house, I have been able to read - a lot. Those feeding sessions are turning out to be very conducive for some quality reading. I finished a full-length novel - A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan - a week ago, and promptly started reading another novel - My Grandmother Asked me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman - which is as quirky and fun as A Man Called Ove, though maybe not as unputdownable. I'm just about 10 pages from finishing this book. Over the past few days, I've also been reading several shorts - J. K. Rowling's Very Good Lives, two short stories - A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez and Phoenix by Chuck Palahniuk, and the graphic series - Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis.



So yep, that's more reading than I was doing pre-baby. I have also been reading your blogs but commenting is turning out to be a little difficult to do with just one hand.

Honestly, it feels great to be able to blog. I know I am nowhere near having any kind of routine established. Shreya wakes up often at nights for feedings though we had one blissful night when she slept through as soundly as I could hope for. I'm expecting her schedule to be random for a few more weeks but fingers crossed that by the time I have to return to work (four weeks from now), I will be getting more sleep than I am now.

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