- I am so proud of how well Baby Jane does on airplanes. The biggest compliment: Towards the end of our first flight, someone passing by said to us "Oh, what a cute baby!" and the guy sitting directly in front of me turned around in shock. He had no idea there was a baby sitting behind him. Sadly, I fear this will not be true forever.
- I was so impressed that the vast majority of conference attendees actually listened to the session talks...until I discovered that there was no wireless access in the conference rooms. But no matter what the reason, I do think the level of questions and discussion after each talk was much better as a result.
- I survived the day alone with Baby Jane. Unfortunately, the only times she was truly cranky was when I was trying to eat. Nothing like ordering a lunch or breakfast that you ultimately only eat a few bites of! (I guess that's one way to lose all that baby weight, though.)
- My talk went extremely well again. But I realized that I don't get nervous before talks anymore. I actually think this is a problem: I think I actually do better when I'm nervous. I may post more on this.
- I'm really struggling with the whole dichotomy between being a mom and being a professional. At some points during the conference, I was able to be away from Baby Jane and focus on being a computer scientist. At other times, I found it harder to do so. I also wonder if men feel the same struggle. This is definitely going to be expanded into its own post.
- There are many things I enjoy about being a mom, but one thing I miss from my former life is being able to go out to dinner. Dinnertime is Baby Jane's fussy time, so we ate a lot of takeout after she fell asleep. I know this phase is short-lived, but still, I long to eat in good restaurants again!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Back from trip #2
Another conference successfully survived! We're back from the second trip of the summer, and thankfully this should be the last trip, at least for the next month or so. The conference went well, and once again traveling with Baby Jane went very well, so all in all a successful trip! I have some posts about the conference and about motherhood in mind that I hope to get up in the next few days, and apparently I've been named a Rockin' Girl Blogger (thanks, addy n!) so I'll have to see what that's all about and probably post on that, but since I'm exhausted and brain-dead right now, I'll just post some random observations about the trip.