Thursday, August 19, 2010
I've been surprised by the large number of small adjustments I find myself making as part of life with a toddler. I'm realizing more and more the value of picking my battles. It is all well and good to say that your kid will eat what the family is eating or go hungry, and then you find yourself dragging your whale-like pregnant body out of bed at 2am because your toddler is starving and needs a bottle to make it until morning, and you suddenly stop caring about the one family/one meal policy. Maybe I'll suffer in the long term, and my child will become a self-centered brat or something, but at least I'm getting a good night's sleep right now, which means I have the energy I need to get my sloth-like pregnant body off the couch and be an engaging parent during the day, which I value more. Life with a toddler, even an incredibly good natured one like Emily, is full of small battles, and it's been interesting to learn about which battles I'm willing to lose so I have the energy to fight the ones that matter most.
Monday, August 2, 2010
My dad was in town on business, and we had a wonderful, relaxing time eating good food, hitting the playgrounds, and just catching up.
We also said a very bittersweet goodbye to our relatives and good friends, the Charles. They've left the mid-Atlantic for a fantastic job out west, and we couldn't be happier for them, although we are going to miss them terribly.
So that's been recent life.