Tonight marks the first shift on my own and without a preceptor after the month-long process of attending orientations, sitting in classrooms and recertifying all of things that had expired during my three-year hiatus from being a nurse. I feel more settled in my new role as a working mom and I've even managed to work a few night shifts and not be a complete mess for days afterward.
I certainly didn't miss preparing for, working and then recovering from a string of night shifts.
Alice and Lee have found their groove, too, with being home on most days of the week together. I have loved seeing their relationship deepen as he becomes the primary caregiver to our daughter. Although, I'll admit. It stung a bit when she wanted her daddy and not me to comfort her after a tumble.
She still lights up like a Christmas tree, though, and comes running for a hug and a kiss when she hears the key turn and our door open when I arrive home from work. That reunion feels so sweet.
Speaking of Christmas trees, I'm relieved the holidays are finally coming to a close as we are still working out the kinks of how our family will celebrate a religious holiday that doesn't align with our atheist beliefs. There was more than one sideways glance and a few heated words regarding how we intend to make this time of year special for our kid and for our family without encouraging the fairy tale of the season.
And since this is the same debate we've had for the last three years, we should probably spend some time discussing it and making a plan before Dcember rolls around again.
We laid low this week, spending Christmas Eve at a friends's house for dinner and dessert and then Christmas Day breakfast here at our loft with my mom and step-dad and Lee's delicious made-from-scratch Eggs Benedict (including the English muffins!). Alice loved opening presents while a winter storm brewed outside and we spent hours on the carpet, building elaborate LEGO villages using her newest set. Later that evening our neighbors joined us for a rib roast dinner and a bottle of bourbon, which we polished off between the four of us (it was a small bottle, I swear).
Another reason I'm glad the holidays are coming to a close? The excessive eating and drinking I've gotten accustomed to must come to an end! I see another Whole30 in my very near future.
How was your holiday?
Painting!! // Alice's doll got a new outfit. // Making perogies (Lee outdid himself this year.)