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A WHOLE six weeks?!

When I started my current position with the Oklahoma Bar Association back in February 2009, one of the benefits mentioned was the geat parental leave policy. Not intending to have kids, I didn’t think much of it. I may have even had a snarky reply that it was one benefit I’d never use.

Now, 2.5 years later, I am really thankful for it. I get six weeks of paid parental leave to be at home with Jessica and Joanna. Six weeks to help care for Jessica (who has just undergone major surgery) and Joanna (who is freaking out in this new world).

Folks seem absolutely amazed that my work gives me this much time off. Some are even more surprised that I’m taking it! I say that this is probably the best time for me to take off. Personally, it’s important to me and my family; professionally, it’s reassuring to know that the ship still sails without me and I can trust the folks who are backing me up. Winning all around!

The work is challenging. The benefits: outstanding.

A WHOLE six weeks?!

When I started my current position with the Oklahoma Bar Association back in February 2009, one of the benefits mentioned was the geat parental leave policy. Not intending to have kids, I didn’t think much of it. I may have even had a snarky reply that it was one benefit I’d never use.

Now, 2.5 years later, I am really thankful for it. I get six weeks of paid parental leave to be at home with Jessica and Joanna. Six weeks to help care for Jessica (who has just undergone major surgery) and Joanna (who is freaking out in this new world).

Folks seem absolutely amazed that my work gives me this much time off. Some are even more surprised that I’m taking it! I say that this is probably the best time for me to take off. Personally, it’s important to me and my family; professionally, it’s reassuring to know that the ship still sails without me and I can trust the folks who are backing me up. Winning all around!

The work is challenging. The benefits: outstanding.

Repurposing the grill

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The Navy has a history of scuttling old ships to make artificial reefs for ocean life and divers to enjoy. I have a feeling that I’ve unexpectedly done the gas grill equivalent in my back yard.

I was hanging out with Joanna in our living room yesterday and gazing out at our back yard when I saw two birds hanging out around the wood pile on the porch. A couple of minutes’ observation showed me that one of them was acting as a lookout while the other went to work on the grill, dipping in and out of the drip can underneath. After a minute of feeding from the can, it surprised me by jumping up inside the grill itself, through the small-ish hole in the bottom!

There’s not a nest inside the grill yet, but I suspect it’s just a matter of time. Maybe it’s time to retire this grill to a corner of the yard and open it up as a feeding/nesting ground for little birds. It’s already teeming with wildlife, and I need a good excuse for a new grill, right?

 

Repurposing the grill

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The Navy has a history of scuttling old ships to make artificial reefs for ocean life and divers to enjoy. I have a feeling that I’ve unexpectedly done the gas grill equivalent in my back yard.

I was hanging out with Joanna in our living room yesterday and gazing out at our back yard when I saw two birds hanging out around the wood pile on the porch. A couple of minutes’ observation showed me that one of them was acting as a lookout while the other went to work on the grill, dipping in and out of the drip can underneath. After a minute of feeding from the can, it surprised me by jumping up inside the grill itself, through the small-ish hole in the bottom!

There’s not a nest inside the grill yet, but I suspect it’s just a matter of time. Maybe it’s time to retire this grill to a corner of the yard and open it up as a feeding/nesting ground for little birds. It’s already teeming with wildlife, and I need a good excuse for a new grill, right?

 

Sweet moments

A trip to the pediatrician resulted in Joanna being diagnosed with jaundice and being prescribed phototherapy. This meant she had to stay under lights all day except when being fed or having her diaper changed.

It was tough having to put her in a box of lights basically all the time and having to wrap her in a belt of light when she was eating.

We were so glad to find out from the home health nurse today that her level has dropped and we could stop the light treatment!

We took her out, dresses her, and cuddled with her. It was great!

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– Jessica

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