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Monday, February 13th, 2012

“Oh please don’t go – we’ll eat you up – we love you so!”
~Where the Wild Things Are

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Given the human propensity towards remembrance, its no surprise my thoughts these last couple of weeks have gone repeatedly back to “this time last year…..”

The weeks leading up to Carter’s delivery were relaxing and peaceful. The nursery was done. Diapers bought. Book read. I felt prepared and ready. OK, more ready to NOT be pregnant anymore than ready to actually take care of a baby.

But when the hospital called to say they had a room ready, all of a sudden I felt that being pregnant for another week wouldn’t be so bad. I’m well aware that my whole labor and delivery experience was near blissful. Sure it was hard, but given all that can go wrong I count myself one of the luckiest women ever.

I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to capably put into words how it feels to bring a child into the world. And how its felt to watch him grow this last year. Someone once told me that it takes 10 years to be able to look back on a life event and accurately feel and understand it (let alone write about it). I had always known this about myself (years ago I self-diagnosed myself with something I like to call DRE – Delayed Reaction to Emotion), so it was good to hear from someone else that this was normal, especially if you were going to write about it.

So for now, after working on this post for the past week, all I can recount with confidence is that I feel ridiculously fortunate that I made it through the first year of parenting with an amazingly wonderful son to show for it. He’s the best work I’ve ever done; the most scary, brilliant, frustrating, awe-inspiring, tiring, truly beautiful endeavor I’ve ever have or will know.

GMT and -7 GMT (without daylight savings) OR My Two New Loves

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

I got to spend the last two weeks of April in Arizona with my family and friends. My many thanks to you all for taking the time to spend with me and for making my visit an absolute joy. I know Phoenix (at that time) was still considered to be “not that hot”, but I was painfully aware the whole week I was there that I have definitely acclimated to a cooler climate. I still don’t like being cold, but my tolerance for heat has definitely lowered. A LOT happened while I was back – my good friend Kristin had her baby girl, Makenna (oh she’s a cutie for sure!); my other good friend Tina had a birthday (thank you for letting us celebrate with you!); and my heart was stolen by another guy (well, baby actually, my newest nephew Patrick!).

Whilst in Flagstaff, I played babysitter for a week, during the days while Lindy was at work. Even though there were some (not naming names, but you know who you are) that thought I might not be too savvy on the baby routine, I think Patrick and I had a great time. I knew I loved him before this because he’s my nephew and he’s Lindy’s son and all that, but I actually got a chance to get to know him and while I will admit I’m a bit biased, this kid is the cutest, sweetest thing. We went for walks, watched Baby Einstein, and munched on some yummy (NOT!) baby snacks. My absolute favorite part of the whole trip was going upstairs when Patrick had just woken up from his nap. He’d be lying in bed just talking away at the ceiling. He would smile when I walked in and lie still long enough for me to kiss his face a few times, gently closing his eyes and lightly smiling. Really, of all the images I have in my head, this one is the best, BY FAR! And I thought I missed him before………..

My next newest love was discovered this past Saturday. My good friend Chantal from the Netherlands was in town visiting (thank you again my homie) and we woke up to a very nice London spring day – just a few clouds in the sky but pretty warm and even moments of sunshine. So we decided to head to Greenwich. I had heard it was a cool spot and boy “they” were not lying. We walked down quaint (busy) streets and found a place for lunch, then walked over to the Greenwich Market (1 of 3 or so). People were packed into an area lined with stalls of vendors selling everything from clocks to fortunes (the palm reader’s booth was actually quite busy). At one end of the market area was an amazing assortment of food vendors – Ethiopian, Brazilian, Spanish and more! We had already eaten, but still shared a crepe on the way out (Nutella and banana, the BEST!). After a short walk in the HUGE park nearby (where THE spot for GMT is located) we made our way home. What a great, sunny, yummy, day. We’ll definitely be frequenting Greenwich in the future.

A big shout out to all the Moms today! I hope you had a special day. My friend Gin did a great job of reminding me just how special Mother’s are!