For the past several years, I've been playing the clarinet with an amateur symphonic band. We practice once a week for three hours, and hold two concerts every year. I enjoy it because it gives me an excuse to play the clarinet (I really wouldn't, otherwise), and it allows me to socialize with other fellow musicians.
Our season usually runs from September to March, and it so happens that today is the start of the new season. When I found out I was pregnant with PK, I had every intention of coming back for the 2008-2009 season. After all, she was due in early August and band didn't start up until early September. Plenty of time to get settled into a routine with her. Now, however, I'm not so sure if going to band practice so soon after she was born is such a great idea. Sure, the hubby can take care of her no problem while I'm away, especially now that we're bottle-feeding on occasion. That being said, I still don't get a whole lot of sleep these days, and being out for practice from 6:30pm to 9:30pm once a week can be very taxing with a newborn.
Right now, I'm leaning towards just skipping out for the fall session and re-joining come January, when I know I'll have a better handle on things. Still, doing so breaks my heart and I can't help but wonder if I could pull it off for the fall session, but in the end, I think that it's for the best. It's not likr I'm giving it up completely - just taking a bit of a break.
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