Ok. I will admit. I set my sights a little high when I decided to be a blogger. Kind of like I do with everything in my life, but I won’t get into that right now. Anyways, I first thought I would document EVERY DAY of my life being a SHARK (stay home and raise kids). Then that turned into two times a month, once a month, and now, sadly, I am writing my newest blog two months later. I guess I am more apologizing to myself instead of my five steady readers. Life as a busy mom just seemed to get in the way…but maybe my absence is a sign of a true shark!
So what has life been up to since Idan’s birthday? Well, lots actually, but nothing too exciting or major! No winning the lottery, or earning a PhD, or anything like that. Just your typical stay at home mom business which consists mainly of cooking new meals, washing clothes and watching reruns of bad reality television. But, the holidays came and went, and with the holidays came joy, lots of comfort, sugary carbs, and the plague.
My husband and I packed up Idan and one of our dogs and headed to my Grandparents’ house for Thanksgiving. It is amazing to me that my son has been able to spend time with his Great Grandparents at the house I visited and have such fond memories. It was one of those times in my life that was truly special that I will always cherish. The first half of the trip consisted of eating food, sitting by the fire, going on walks and letting the kids play. It was glorious. A once in a lifetime memory, a moment that is forever with me.
Then the stomach flu hit. EVERYONE. One by one we all fell into the vomited abyss. Kids on the couches with bowls, grandparents lying in bed, puke outside of the house from people going to and from the cars. It was awful! It was a Hallmark card joke from hell. Idan and I were sick…again. We already had the stomach flu one week after his birthday. You know that true love is when you will sit up all night holding a puking child, and your husband then pulling your hair back while you puke. That was Thanksgiving.
Despite the grossness, it was fun to get away, and Idan did amazing on the 15 hour, one-way car ride! I think I have Caillou’s Christmas and Harry the Bunny movies memorized word for word!
Christmas arrived as fast as it left! Idan is now old enough to enjoy toys and seemed to get a kick out of taking down the ornaments from the tree! He is walking and running everywhere! He is giving me a run for my money, but I love every minute that I get to see him grow into such a cool little boy! Even when he throws toys into the dog bowl, which is all the time, I can’t help but smile and shake my head. I truly have a child.
Now that the New Year is here, it has given me some time to reflect on what 2013 was like for me. It was a whirlwind! It felt like a constant changing of trains, and running in every direction. I survived being a full time mom while commuting and working full time. I survived Idan’s first stomach flu, and several colds thereafter. I made the new mommy rookie mistake and took him to the ER thinking he had bloody stools, and it was really just watermelon. I have figured out a lot of his little quirks that help him nap better and eat more vegetables! I learned that it will take longer than a year for the baby weight to come off, but it is finally giving up and leaving! I learned that being a mom is extremely challenging, but the rewards out- weigh the stress. I have established a pretty darn good routine during the day and am not feeling as lonely or directionless as before. I celebrated the first year of my son’s life and felt a sense of accomplishment, knowing that I tried to give him the best first year ever! This new year brings new opportunities, challenges, memories and experiences that I both am excited and afraid of! So thank you, 2013. It is a privilege to continue to live life.
Thanks for reading!
*I tried Zumba for the first time! It was awesome…as long as I didn’t look in the mirror
*Idan’s favorite thing to do right now is play with his puzzles and run around the house screaming DA DAD DA DA!!!
*I am becoming a decent cook, and my baking skills are really taking off!
*I’m learning to enjoy the stillness and quietness that surrounds me during Idan’s nap time.