Monday, February 20, 2012

Juggling

We're back on schedule the best that we can be, and it really is helping with organization and time management. There never seem to never be enough hours in the day. Funny, I used to think that when I was in college. I had no idea. I'm sure my college self would look at my current self and be amazed that I think I don't have enough time to do everything I want (after being shocked that I got married so young and had a baby at all, let alone before I was thirty, but I digress), after all, I'm not working, so where is all of this time going?

And really, I couldn't really say. Except that Felicity and I nap a lot together on the cloudy days, and trying to keep the house out of a state of constant chaos is itself chaotic, and mysteriously so.

Felicity is starting to "talk" quite a bit, and started giggling in the last week or so. It is so precious, it melts my heart again and again. We all knew that babies were cute and nice to have around, but I never imagined the moments of pride and happiness that I feel when she bubbles and gurgles. I admit it, I'm smitten.

Things I Really Enjoy Right Now:
  • Rosetta Stone (German!): We bought a year of German for me. I'm having fun so far and feel accomplished when I can spend some time doing this when Felicity naps.
  • Making weekly menus: As food is one of the things I enjoy most in life, both the preparation and the eating, it really gives me a nice thrill to put together a nice weekly menu. I've been planning the meals, even down to the breakfasts, by day. There is something so nice about planning ahead for the coming week, and having a certain amount of order in what will be eaten and knowing in advance how much time things will take to prepare.
  • Haagen Daaz Ice Cream : I mean, really. Yum. (Disclaimer: I am only eating a serving every three days or so, and by a serving, a mean 1/4 of a pint, I am so disciplined)
  • Chocolate-Filled Nips: my teeth are going to rot, but I don't care.
  • Pinterest: ADDICTIVE. It's officially replaced Babycenter.com and my November Birth Community Board as my favorite online activity/website.
Things I'm looking forward to:
  • People are coming to visit us! My best friend Kat is coming from Michigan towards the end of March, my mummy is coming in April (we hope!), Ian's sister Hilly and her husband Ben sometime in the late spring/early summer, and even Ian's mom Jan in the summer (we hope!), as well as my sister Sarah, her husband Jason, and my sweet little nephew.
  • Date night with Ian on Wednesday. Our neighbors agreed to do some exchange babysitting. We watched their kids last night so they could go on their first date in over a year. By watch, I mean that we sat in their apartment and read while their kids slept, but still, isn't that the advantage of having easy babies?
  • Visiting California in the summer with my whole family.
  • Getting cleared by my doctor to start exercising. It will eliminate my last excuse, but I so need to be able to fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans without using a hair-binder to keep them up! 
  • Finding out where our next permanent location will be, which of course depends on where Ian gets hired next. This year we just have Washington University (in Saint Louis, MO) to hear back from (we will know at the end of the month if they give him an offer or not), but it will be nice to know where we will be settling down whenever it happens, even if it means we know that New York City will be a more permanent home for us (which would be amazing!)