Man, I can’t tell you how thankful I am that whatever ailment Riley was dealing with largely disappeared before our long-ass drive to Oregon. I also can’t tell you how ashamed I am for getting completely fed up with my kid’s foul mood on Saturday and yelling at him Mommy-Dearest-style to STFU and stop all that goddamned whining, right before we finally figured out that he wasn’t just being an asshole for fun, he was sick, and not just a little bit sick but firehose-down-the-entirety-of-JB’s-backseat-with-barf-while-running-a-102-degree-temperature-god-could-it-be-any-more-obvious-you-MORON sick.

At any rate, we all survived the trip just fine and we’re here at the coast for the next couple weeks. JB leaves tomorrow to stay in Eugene for the night before flying to Shanghai early Wednesday morning, but we made a quick trip to the ocean with Riley this afternoon:

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It’s kind of a nice change of pace to be here. JB’s parents are happy to watch the kids, so I plan to get out on my own at least a little bit during our stay. I bought a two-week membership to a local gym, there’s a movie theater nearby, and about a thousand beaches to explore.

Hopefully the time will go by quickly, but maybe not too quickly — I just sort of realized the other day that I’m scheduled to go back to work in less than a month. Maternity leave, in my opinion, is ass-backwards: frankly, I’d have preferred to go right back to work after giving birth, then get my time off as soon as the baby started smiling. Anyone with me on that one?

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mandy
14 years ago

I do. Glad all is well with poor Riley. I hate that you have to be away from home so long, but at least you have some help. Personally, I’d die before I willingly left the house with my two!

Get out, enjoy yourself. Have a latte for me.

Ashleas
Ashleas
14 years ago

*firsts maybe!* Yeah I can agree with you on the maternity leave.. despite the fact that I have no kids. They seem like such little parasites and then as soon as they start to show some of that silver lining.. you go back. I think in other countries, Maternity leave is like.. mandatory.. 6 months. Congrats on the car trip and a relaxing 10 days!

Naomi
14 years ago

dude, who’s gonna watch your baby when you have to go back to work? nice beach :) enjoy your time with the inlaws.

Emily
14 years ago

That photo of you and Riley, with the grinning-ness — EXCELLENT, dude. Have fun and don’t think about work; I read somewhere that thinking about work adds, like, ten pounds to your thighs.

Melanie
14 years ago

Yep, I love the dual smiles as well as the dual high kicks. Y’all are so damn cute!

Jo
Jo
14 years ago

Awesome photos, specially the one of you and Riley! Enjoy your 10 days :)

deanna
14 years ago

i think jb missed his calling as a rockette…

love the yellow wellies, binoculars and your fabulous grins. enjoy the change of pace!

Cassandra
14 years ago

Dude. JB is *flexible*.

anna
anna
14 years ago

Yep, totally with you on the going back to wk the wrong way around…..

Yams
Yams
14 years ago

Hey maybe I’ll run into JB in Shanghai, I’ll be there on Thursday, enjoying the second half of my maternity leave!

Lovely pictures as always and damn woman you are thin!

lumpyheadsmom
14 years ago

Ah, beaches. Now I have the answer to the burning question “why in the name of fuck didn’t her in-laws just come to her?”

Jem
Jem
14 years ago

Love the high kicks!

I remember my Mum screaming at me when I was 10, because I was acting like a brat too when we were out at a musical. Turned out I had the mumps, and she felt really bad.

Anne
Anne
14 years ago

Hey, my mom didn’t believe that I had broken my arm in two places while we were on vacation (we thought it was just sprained) and she spent an entire week hissing at me to “stop that dying calf look around your grandmother!”

See, it could be worse. I *remember* that and still use it to torment her. ;)

ShannonJ
ShannonJ
14 years ago

JB and Riley are looking like they just did that “crane” move from the Karate Kid. Cool shot. You look great and love that pic of you and Riley with the big smiles! Hope your trip is a good one.

Eric's Mommy
14 years ago

Wow, good for you getting a 2 week membership to a gym!
Also I am glad Riley is better,last night I was Mommy Dearest when Eric was coughing and gagging like he was going to throw up, I was half asleep and actually yelled “What the hell Eric!” I felt evil after he said, “I’m sorry Mom”

I love that picture of you holding Riley, how cute!

Christina
14 years ago

Riley looks like he is feeling much better! Love the beach shots. Gawd do I miss living near the water… sigh.

I agree 100 million per cent (is that possible?!) about maternity leave. I felt the exact same way. I was a little bitter that someone else got to enjoy all the fun things as my son grew bigger. I do wish I lived in Canada where I could take a year of leave or I had a more flexible position where I could take 6 months but that is the way the cookie crumbles…

Joanne
14 years ago

My husband was home with us for six weeks and I was just thinking the other day, I wish the six weeks were *now* when the baby is three months old. Oh well – really what I want is for him to have to stay home with me the whole time, til they’re both 18. ;)

JennyM
JennyM
14 years ago

Aw, have fun (yay, gym membership — although I must say, yer lookin’ mighty slender there). No kids here, but methinks you have a point about maternity leave — that blows.

Tessie
14 years ago

I’m so glad to hear this, but more importantly: JESUS H CHRIST you look GREAT!

Two week guest gym membership. Totally awesome and also totally something I would do. Gym rat high five.

Betsy
Betsy
14 years ago

You do not look like a person who just had a baby!

Cass
14 years ago

I’m glad you all arrived and are enjoying the Oregon coast. Now on to the inquisition – did you MEAN what you said about rather working right after the baby came? I ask because I am 6 months pregnant and I work 100% remote and we have live in help for the baby (a cousin of mine) I keep thinking that it’s more reasonable for me to come back to work part time 3 or 4 hours a day and be able to do that pace for 6 months rather then be completely OFF for two months and then completely back ON. Am I crazy? Is this like the craziest idea ever?

Amity
Amity
14 years ago

That pic of you and Riley is GREAT. It’s so rare to see that smile out of him in pics. :)

Sarah Lena
14 years ago

Amen on the maternity leave. I’d have gladly paid for daycare while he was still a bean that did nothing and THEN gotten him now that he’s a little person.

AND.. AND.. you look fabulous. Although I’m all proud of you in a sisterly way, I’m TOTALLY jealous of you in a bitchy way. :)

Laura
14 years ago

How long is maternity leave in the US? I’m so naive I just assumed that you folks also had a year off for leave!

All Adither
14 years ago

Laura–a year off? In what utopia do you reside? That’s awesome.

Sundry–the Oregon coast looks awesome. And as far as yelling at your kid right before he barfs, don’t you know that’s protocol?

Lori O
14 years ago

Your pictures are beautiful! We just can’t get stuff like that here in Kansas. Enjoy the trip as much as you can!

Tracy
14 years ago

Oh man I hear you. I was so jealous of my husband because when I returned to work after 12 weeks, my husband took a month of paternity leave. By that time Steamboat (what we call our kid) was smiley happy fun time baby, when I had scream all day, puke in your hair, no sleep, crap ass baby. Suck.

Christina
14 years ago

Wow, it’s been a long time since I have seen an OR beach! So beautiful. The pictures are fantastic and you look incredible.
I hope you do enjoy your time there and that JB’s trip is a safe one.

stephanie brown
stephanie brown
14 years ago

You finally got the picture you’ve always wanted of you and Riley!! How awesome :)

beth
beth
14 years ago

I LOVE the picture of you & Riley! So sweet~he looks so happy to be with his momma!

I am with you on the work thing – baby was born 2.12, and I was back at my desk on 4.1. Now she’s smiling and playing and FUN and oh it’s hard to leave every morning.

Enjoy the vacation, and the rest of your leave!

Valria
14 years ago

So glad things are on an up-tick and the drive was event free.
Enjoy your time with some extra help before going back to work.

I do think it would be more fun to have the time off when the baby was more enjoyable. However no one caring for an infant would have as much patience with the pooping crying fuss-hole blob as the momma. That or its just another form of population control….

lisa-marie
14 years ago

Awesome pictures! I’m glad Riley is feeling better so he can enjoy this great trip and time with his grandparents!

kalisah
14 years ago

man, those are some kick-ass yellow wellies! What a cute little beachcomber he is!!

Stephanie
Stephanie
14 years ago

Great pics and I’m glad that Riley doesn’t have some freak ass flu. You, of course, look fabulous!

willikat
14 years ago

oh man, that photo of the two of you is SO ADORABLE. not a hint of suspicion anywhere.

Alyson
14 years ago

Actually, I think maternity leave should be from the time they are about 2-1/2, 3 years old through kindergarten. It seems like this is the age that my boys really NNEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDD their mom. (At least that’s their story).

Kelli
Kelli
14 years ago

Riley in yellow wellies?
Hands down the cutest thing EVER.

Jamie
14 years ago

Looks like the Sundry boys have some pretty serious high kick ability – hi ya!

Audrey
Audrey
14 years ago

I think that the US needs a better maternity leave policy, period. Ours currently sucks. Our neighbors to the North have a pretty sweet deal. I think we’d have happier and healthier babies and mamas if we had better maternity leave. (stepping down now…)

When I had meningitis and was complaining of a terrible headache in high school, my parents (both health care professionals!) insisted that I was just trying to get out of a babysitting commitment. Nope, definitely not!

I love the pictures! Enjoy your time on vacation.

Becky
Becky
14 years ago

I totally agree…R turned into the smiling happy baby on DAY ONE OF WEEK 7..you know the day I WENT BACK TO WORK…I HATE the US maternity leave policy…it just SUCKS!

MRW
MRW
14 years ago

I’m with you on the maternity leave issue. I was really jealous of my husband because he took three months off paternity leave when I went back to work, so he got cute regular-napping, almost-sleeping-through-the-night, solids-eating little boy. I got hell. Next life I’m seriously considering coming back as a man (or a house cat because their lives are awesomely lazy, but that’s a topic for another day).

RubiaLala
14 years ago

Great photos, it looks beautiful. I’m glad he’s feeling better. WOW, a gym membership, now that’s commitment!

victoria
victoria
14 years ago

I am so glad you posted and that you survived the drive! I was worried about you. I hope this 2 weeks will give you a break from simultaneous baby-toddler-wrangling and that you’ll feel recharged at the end of it. Also, IMHO, you shouldn’t hesitate to switch out all the toilet paper in the house with 2 ply, reverse the forks in the dishwasher basket just before the cycle starts, and take long, long walks by yourself. ;-)

Jo
Jo
14 years ago

Beautiful pics! Glad that drive is over! Sorry the baby was sick. Enjoy your time away from the norm!

=)

She Likes Purple
14 years ago

Those pictures are all fantastic. And you look fantastic, too.

Caitlin
14 years ago

You look great, Linda! It seems all your hard work at working out is really paying off – congratulations, that’s really an accomplishment!
(Could I please say ‘really’ one mroe time?? kthxbai)

Donna
Donna
14 years ago

Wonderful picture of you and Riley – frameable!

Our Canadian mat leave (not from personal experience but from working with young moms) – something like 52 weeks mat leave and mom and dad can now ‘share’ the leave.

Leah
14 years ago

Those high kicks are amazing! Sign them both up for dance class!

Love the picture of you and Riley (smiling! not suspicious!) too.

Ginitag44
14 years ago

I am glad to hear that Riley is feeling better – I know how sucky it is to take a trip with a sick kid.
And OMG – can he look any more like JB in that pic of you and him. That firece smile is all JB!
And AMEN on the Maternity leave – Linda style…..