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So my weekly picture updates failed…in april…

I’ll blame it on a whole host of things.

School ended over a month ago

Norah finished Montessori school at Prairie Hill at the end of May.

Peder started summer work that has turned into an even more exhausting schedule than the school year.

We’ve been traveling and visiting family {and are about to head out on 3 more trips before the end of August}.

See what I mean? Excuses, but valid ones!

What has really changed in our life, though, has been the decision for me to stay home with Norah. As I had her while I was still in teacher college and working towards my MA, juggling work and family life has always been in my cards. I was grateful to be able to work on my thesis at home with her til she was 5 months old, but she’s been in someone else’s care (most days, primarily) for the past 2 years. When we found out that we were expecting Norah’s little sibling, it became clear that I could no longer work. The time that I wanted to take off for maternity leave was not what was best for my students, and leaving sweet little baby and amazing big sister after only just 6-8 weeks was unfathomable. Although no mother should be placed in this position, it was immediately clear that my children come first. I would always regret leaving that tiny baby in a stranger’s arms, but I would never regret staying home.

So I left.

I left my dream job at the best school with the most amazing coworkers. I left my professional identity and 4 years of hard work (that I’m still paying off loans for…). I left an advanced degree. I left my friends.

But I get to spend every minute of every day with Norah. I get to color, and read, and explore. We visit the zoo at her pace, not the frantic one I can squeeze in between 4:15 and the 5pm closing time. We get to do toddler story time at the library, where every other 2 year old has also brought their pregnant mom along. I get to cook and bake and clean and do all of the things that I had relied so heavily on Peder to pick up while I was working…tasks I actually enjoy and like to complete. And Norah gets to learn from me, and not from someone else. I am the biggest piece of her world again, and that both fills my heart and makes it burst.

Even more, by staying home I get to dream of holding my new little baby in my own arms, for good. I don’t have to stress about how to get the baby to bottle feed (anyone remember THAT struggle with Norah?!). I don’t have to worry about how to get the baby to sleep without me. I get to relax. The pace is so much slower, and sweeter.

It has taken a while to find our new normal–and adjusting to Mom being home for the summer is always a challenge–but as we head into July I’ve found that we have absolutely hit our stride. I’m not worried about adding a baby into our mix, at all. On the contrary, I think it will just make things even better.

See you in October, little one. In the meantime, you can find me with your big sister.

Norah-roo

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Our family

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Norah’s words & signs

Words:
Mama (7 months)
Dada (12 months)
Kitty (11 months)
Bear
Bath
Book (12 months)
Bird (12 months)
Baby
More (13 months)
All done
Cheese (12 months)
Fish (12 months)
Norah (14 months)

Signs:
Kitty (10 months)
More (10 months)
All Done (10 months)
Bird (12 months)
Dada (11 months)
Mama (13 months)
Train (14 months)
Please (14 months)
Carrot (13 months)
Banana (13 months)
Fish (12 months)
Horse (14 months)
Goat (14 months)
Thank you (10 months)
Milk/Noms (12 months)
I love you (15 months)