While there may be wisdom in seeing life through the eyes of a new child, we also contend that there is much to be seen from looking at life from the perspective of new parents of a new child. What a year this has been!
Little E arrived on March 16 at 3:21 AM after a very emergency c-section which sent all 9 lbs., 9 ozs. of her to the NICU for a few days. Dad changed her first diaper, and we were off.
Burp cloths littered the house and it was strafed with pacifiers and bottle parts. The first three months were a blur - at which point we oscillated wildly between having more children and calling it quits "right here and now!" (I'm pretty sure I shouted that at some point). And then, at the end of May, Dad was graduating with a Master's degree from UVA in Systems Engineering, Little E and Mom were developing a routine and starting to enjoy the adventure, and life was back to "normal."
New grandparents, aunts and uncles and old friends are a constant source of
Love these toys from G'pa V.
Pit stop for lunch - on the road....again....
She is the center of our universe (which she knows full well), but we have had the opportunity to include a few broader adventures to our lives. Nick and I biked half of the Creeper Trail to celebrate our 30th birthdays; my entire family crashed with us for a weekend get-together complete with a rousing, if not completely typical, game of crouquet, and an Little E-Remus (my sister's Irish Wolfhound) meeting; a couple dinner-and-movie scenarios; and, a trip to Hilton Head Island (and an early exit thanks to one of them thar hurricanes) created a well-balanced year.
Some Creeper Trail scenery
Hilton Head 2011
To say that Nick is glad to be done with his graduate work is an understatement - in fact, I doubt there is any word in the English language that would suffice to express his glee. When he's not teaching the little one to open cupboards or give high-fives, he has been going to the gym and biking much more often.
I have, surprisingly, quite enjoyed the stay-at-home lifestyle. Little E has re-introduced me to laughing just because, playing wherever, and appreciating my parents. She joins me for lunches to catch up with friends, helps with the grocery shopping (read: shreds/eats the circular while smiling at everyone), and cleans the kitchen floor (read: crawls and scoots on her stomach as mom shoves Swiffer pads underneath her). In my "free" time I've been energized to pursue a hobby/career in writing. Friffle Thoughts has been subject to much change in the past few months as I attempt to figure out what the blogosphere is like; I was approved to blog for Skirt!Magazine (a print and online journal for women - I blog as RRVincent); and, I've enjoyed being a member of the Charlotte Writer's Club for a once-a-month evening out. Otherwise, my days consist of trying to find more efficient ways to do laundry, not cleaning the bathroom, and playing.
We are ever-grateful for the friends and family that keep us sane. We love hearing your stories, sharing your lives, meeting for lunches or dinners, laughing a
Many, many season's greetings to you and your families. We hope to see you in 2012 and wish you many blessings in the new year.
Nick, Rebecca, and Little E