That is the theme of this week. Actually, my theme for this week is start the process of getting back to where you once belonged. This is the first week that I actually feel like a human. I'm adjusting to the sleep deprivation and mini-xx is getting into a routine which is allowing me to start accomplishing some non-baby related activities.
Although I didn't get all the experiments completed that I wanted before I began maternity leave, I did acquire enough data to start writing my first manuscript from post-doc lab. Since I want to get a good draft together before I return to work in a few weeks, I decided that I must get started writing this week. While I am happy to report that I did start writing, I am less thrilled about the progress I am making. Monday and Tuesday were down right painful. I found it difficult to concentrate and I could not get into a groove at all. On Wednesday, things weren't quite as painful and I actually managed to crank out an entire results section.
I also decided that this was a great week to start exercising again. After all, it's been two and a half weeks since the baby was born and three and a half weeks since I exercised at all. Not to mention, my best friend is getting married in Hawaii in August and I am in her wedding, which means I'll be in a ton of wedding pictures and I'll need to feel comfortable in a bathing suit. I wanted to start slow, so on Monday I started walking 2 miles a day. Next week I will increase the distance and start adding in some jogging. (I actually tried jogging this week, but my old sports bras don't really accommodate my near porno-sized boobs, so it was a bit painful.)
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I find my groove by next week.