How incredibly fun and refreshing to read up on everyone and everything. I can't believe how much happened while we were away for a few days!
I hope everyone is having a great start to the week, more well-rested and all. Finley has also been nursing a lot throughout the night, staying attached most of the night, except thankfully last night, he finally slept through except for one early morning nursing. Hooray! But I know his molars are coming in, so I figure when he's attached, it has to do with that.
*Amy*, I'll have to see if our little guy is more enthused and open to food if we give him a fork. He's been better lately, in general, though still spits a lot out. His latest favorites are grapes, clementines, and cheese. And what an AMAZING picture at the christmas party!!!! Classic. Brynn is adorable.
Spughy, I hope you're able to come to a place of peace...it can be So hard, trying to balance work and money and what you really want to be doing. I feel like my DH and I are in that struggle/dilemma often, as we're both creative types, but have to do unfulfilling, unfun day jobs to pay the bills. In our dream world, we'd be home and would work from home on our various projects. It's an ongoing process, I suppose. Hooray for the road work ending, though. And the christmas party sounds like fun for everyone.
Helen/Flapjack, I hope you're having better days. Babydust to you!
Spiritmommy, I'm so glad Noah's party was so beautiful, and that he's well.
And peacefulmommy, that's so great to be at that point of peace and feeling blessed.
I feel like I'm almost there, that peaceful place, but not quite. In moments, I feel overwhelmed with blessings and love in our little family, as we sit together quietly with our Christmas tree and music and tea, or laugh at our hilarious little guy... and then have moments of stress, when I think of all the things I need to get done (mailing, baking, shopping), which is difficult, with Finley being quite clingy these days...mixed with financial concerns that pop up esp at this time of year...and also in the moments when I have to deal with my family, which tends to be stressful most of the time, constantly trying to brush off the negative energy they send my way. Anyway, I'm working on it. And this week looks like it's going to be rather productive/busy/semi-stressful, but hopefully with some fun and Christmas cheer mixed in...and then we will go to Canada next week for Christmas with DH's family, which will be relaxing and vacation-y and Christmasy and snowy and loverly.
We just got back from visiting our friend in NH, which was exquisite...lots and lots of beautiful snow! It was my first time to see snow outside of NYC...on trees! Chimney smoke coming out of houses! I felt like a little kid. I rode a sled for the first time in my life and screamed with delight. Finley watched from his daddy's arms and laughed. After a lot of watching, he finally got on, on his daddy's lap, and I pulled them slowly along...then they went down a small hill....his face was hilarious! So serious and skeptical and taking it all in. I wish I had had my camera with me! what was I thinking? He also ate snow and LOVED it. He kept going back for more. We then filled a bowl with snow and brought it inside and poured maple syrup on it and all had spoonfuls. It was heavenly.
It was such a treat to be in such a silent place, away from the urban noises and energy. We ate comforting wintery foods and really felt the Christmas spirit fill us up. I am so grateful for this getaway, this quiet time, with our family, and with our dear friends.
Yesterday, we spent seven hours on the train, which was not as hard as I thought it'd be...Finley took two naps, and was happy in between.
And it's always good to be back home, and I'll start going forth with my to-do's, but trying to maintain that feeling of peace, and not get wrapped up in the stresses of it.
Sorry for such a ramble! But there's our little (ha!) update