I love these questions!
Um, okay. Let's see.
-How is mama? How is papa/partner? How is baby? How is brother/sister/other?
Mama is up/down/glass case of emotions. Ha. A lot going on with family (my parents are divorcing and it's getting pretty nasty, plus lingering grief over my aunt's unexpected death back in July). A lot going on with hormones I think. I'm getting a little more sleep though FINALLY. Baby's hellacious wake-every-five-minutes cycle was about three weeks long and almost did me in. But she's sleeping longer stretches now, I'd say three or four hours at a time. It feels like heaven.
She's such an awesome curious funny little person. I love her. She isn't quite walking, but close. Says hi, mama, baba (dada). Waves hello. Raises her arms for "SO BIG!". Signs for milk. Has so much more hair all of a sudden, and is in the middle of cutting her fourth tooth, the second top incisor. All of a sudden I tear up when I ask her how big she is and she raises her arms with an impish grin. She IS so big! (Well, actually, she's a peanut. She lost weight in between doctors appointments and the doctors are kind of freaking out.... yay.)
Pops is fine, too. He's in the middle of his Psychiatry rotation and not especially enjoying it. Also studying for big exams. But he's so supportive of me. He's the greatest.
-What was going on for you last December? How does this December feel different? The same?
Last December was super mellow. Just us two since we couldn't make it out to California to see our family. We were getting excited to meet our baby! So there was a feeling of peace, of expectation. (Just the way the season SHOULD feel.) This December feels similar, I think. Only there's added joy because we have our nugget here in the flesh. Oh, it's so good.
-What are your holiday/winter season plans?
Staying here in the boonies, just us three. So, in reference to the above- part of the reason things are so peaceful and mellow is because we don't have big huge travel plans or the stress of our moms wigging out over stuff. (HOLIDAY PHOTOS CHRISTMAS PARTIES WHO'S HOUSE ARE YOU STAYING AT?!) We might travel out to Pittsburgh to visit with my great aunt for Christmas Eve. But nothing huge. Keeping things simple. We're Catholic and a little nutty about keeping the Advent season about anticipation, then our Christmas festivities really begin Christmas Eve and don't end until Epiphany. 12 days of Christmas!
-What's happening with work/school/etc.?
Nothing special. I've been toying with the idea of going back to school for ages- something medical. Maybe midwifery school, nursing school, or nursing THEN midwifery. Husband pointed out I could do medical school even, if that's what I wanted, once his "turn" is up and he's actually making money. I love that my man is so supportive of my dreams. He's willing to table certain opportunities to move to a different city for me to start school, if that's what I decide I want. So, there's something brewing. But nothing definitive. And since my original bachelors degree is totally unrelated to the medical profession, I have to start with a lot of pre-req's anyway.
-Anything new and exciting?
We MAY start thinking about trying-not-trying for number 2 soon. MAYBE. But maybe that's the extra sleep talking. ;)
So happy to hear from you ladies! Happy festivities for everyone who celebrates! (And hey- even if you don't, take advantage of the cookies.)
BTW- re-bringing up the discussion: how is everyone doing with the finding friends thing? I've been dealing with a few mean-mom-clique issues and it has me feeling lonely and isolated.