Yikes! Time certainly got away from me, huh? Let’s see, last time I posted I had announced that I was pregnant with a little one, due in December. Fast forward to now…I have a 6 week old baby boy named Oscar! He came into the world a few days before his due date in early December. I can’t believe what a whirlwind the last 6 months have been. Between a growing belly, horrible back pain, gestational diabetes, and trying to keep up my clarinet playing, the last half of my pregnancy turned out to be quite uncomfortable. Luckily I didn’t notice too much of an effect on my playing. A little bit of reduction in air support, but I kept up my practice routine all the way up until the Friday before I went into labor (which was a Monday). I even busted out the solo clarinet part on Grainger’s Molly on the Shore for a wind ensemble concert in mid November at 37 weeks pregnant! But I made it through, and I made it through his delivery (if you want to read about the birth, click here), and now my life is completely different. My life is now totally ruled by baby feedings and dirty diapers. Ha!
So it’s been about 6 weeks since I picked up my horn. The last time I took this much time off from playing was when I got married nearly 8 years ago. I have an entire 18 weeks off of work, which makes motivation to practice a little difficult. My plan is that as soon as the doctor says I can exercise again, that’s when I’m going to get back into playing. I need to be proactive, it could be too easy to let time get away from me, and then all of the sudden its been 4 months of no playing! That would not be good. I’m planning on doing just an hour or so a day, just enough to get back into shape again so I can be ready to go back to work in April.
About a month before I gave birth, the Navy Band in DC posted an audition for February. I was super bummed because the timing couldn’t be worse. I’ll be honest, the thought went through my mind that I could pull it off, but then I thought that it might not be a realistic prospect. I’m not going to have the time or the energy to put into an audition while trying to take care of a newborn! And I really can’t be travelling that far since I’m breastfeeding my little one (although asking for a taped audition did cross my mind as well!). I need to focus on my new little family right now. I’ll just have to wait for the next one!