Joe and I keep telling each other how tired we are. Well, let's talk child care. Joe works nights part time. When I was pregnant he offered to stay home with R2D2 during the day. For the most part, this has worked out very well. We don't have to pack a bag for her every morning, she has yet to have a real cold, etc. However, this leaves her parents very exhausted. This week Joe worked 28 hours and I worked 72 hours with two overnight calls. We are beyond, and I mean beyond, fortunate our families can help so much. Joe's mom is retired and comes up about twice a week. Joe runs some errands or catches up on sleep during those days. We are also spoiled that when our moms come to visit they generally do our laundry as well. I have also learned to not be shy and I have asked friends to watch her sometimes so we can give our parents a break.
We are exhausted, but this is working for us. R2D2 and Joe have a great bond and she gets to see her grandparents at least weekly. I really do not think I would have been able to complete my third year of residency (almost there) and have a newborn with out all of the help of our family and friends!