Hello, my name is Amanda/28/Ohio. I've been a member of ivillage for a while and have been on the TTCYF, Pregnant after Miscarriage, and January 2013 expecting clubs. DH and I have been together for 12 years and married 3 1/2. Our first child, a boy named Richard, but we call him Ricky, was born on December 30, 2012. I've been teaching for the past 3 1/2 years, but decided to stay home with our son.
We are fortunate enough that DH has been able to be home with us because he works from home and with my STD checks that have been coming in, we've been getting by. We have enough money to get us by until the end of May and DH is going to get a PT job outside of the house to help make up some of my income. Ricky will be 5-months by then, so it's been nice to have him here.
I've took over all the house chores other than the litter box and I'm sure DH loves it since he put himself in charge of the laundry when I was pregnant. He didn't want me carrying anything too heavy since we had two previous miscarriages back to back before getting pregnant with our son- all in all, it took about 1 1/2 years to have our first baby. Believe it or not, we got pregnant our first attempt everytime.
Two weeks ago we worked out a sleeping schedule (should have done it sooner)... I was trying to be supermom and handle the house and the baby most of the day- other than putting the baby to bed. Now, I sleep from 10pm-6am and DH sleeps from 3am-11am (he gets the middle of the night feeding that our 3-month old still gets up for), so we both get 8 hours. I still have the baby most of the day, but he helps out a lot. I am able to go to the gym 2 hours/day five days a week while the baby naps. It's my "me" time. I love being home with my son and my husband having a flexible schedule (and even still fairely flexible when he does work outside of the home), but I do feel disconnected to adults. We get out every Saturday with our cousins (and all of our kids), so that's nice at least. We haven't had a date night since the baby has been born and haven't let anyone watch him yet. I know MIL really wants too since DH is an only child, our children will be his parents only grandchildren.
Enough about me.... sorry to make it so long! I look forward to getting to know all of you!