Boy it sure feels good to see you again. I must admit things have been a little crazier than anticipated. For starters, I had absolutely no clue, none, whatsoever that Otto would have a hard time adjusting to a new space. Seriously never crossed my mind. To that I say where were you? All you who have gone before me. This is like that time when I was 7 1/2 months pregnant and discovered what hemmrhoids were. I was furious, how come no one warned me about this?! Honestly, no one’s to blame. It is a learning for all of us. I’m not even sleeping through the night yet. I came from the quietest corner of the world to downtown Spokane. There are sirens and people and traffic at all hours of the night. Please don’t get me wrong here, I LOVE living where I live. The neighbor hood is amazing- tons of charm and charming folks to go along with it. I walk into downtown most everyday for coffee, berries or just cause’ I can. Otto’s always been a momma’s boy but he’s clung to me tighter, kissed me harder, and cried tears of don’t-you-dare-leave-me-mom, more in the last week and half than in the last year and a half. I am happy of course, to ablidge. “Easy does it,” has been the motto when it comes to sleeping which proves to be the biggest issue in the house. I have back tracked on everything I worked so hard to establish months ago. Its been months since I sat in his room until he fell asleep, now its just what I do. I can’t help but feel like he needs this- but at the same time I need sleep too. And unfortunately I am not acquiring very much REM. With all that said, I am saying the serenity prayer repeatedly and drinking more coffee than any pregnant woman would ever proudly admit to.
The highlights of my day include: Walking. Lots and lots of walking. Now that Otto can conjuncture words he tells me its time to walk again and again and again. He does this by pulling the stroller over to me and attempting to climb in it while mildly shouting “bye bye, bye bye.” We take anywhere from 1 to 3 walks a day. This has made it quite obvious to the rest of the neighbors that we are new here and that we gladly practice animal noises and sing songs, frequently and LOUDLY. Otto has only one volume and one speed. That is until bed time. Ahhh the sweetness of 6:30 pm. We have implemented a bedtime routine both afternoon and night. Mostly it consists of more singing more animal noises and a couple bedtime books. This is by far my favorite. He has started to impersonate the characters in the books by fake-crying and fake laughing when appropriate. He’s also a pro at shhh-ing them “nigh-nigh” at the end of each book. I LOVE MY LIFE.
Eric’s new job is going well. He’s surrounded by creatives who like to have fun. Company party, Basketball during lunch and some of the warmest bosses a guy could ask for.. that’s all I can say for now.. besides he reads these and he’ll get embarrassed if I talk about him too much.
Baby boy Smith is very active. I feel him generally all day everyday. He takes after Otto and doesn’t rest much. I am really enjoying being so active while pregnant. Last time you’d have to use the jaws of life to pry me off of the couch and away from the ice cream. And while I’m still enjoying an occasional milkshake I’m staying focused on super foods and playing with both my boys.
To any lengths…
I attended my first meeting here in Spokane last Sunday. It was a very humbling experience. I decided to pick a restaurant mtg because they typically tend to be a ‘safe place.’ This particular meeting was on a sunday morning in a busy buffet style setting. I walked in cautiously… looking around for a banquet room entrance. Not finding it I turned to a server for direction. She said the party in the banquet room had left. Hmmm..? Well, is there any other ‘party’ meeting here today at 10:30? Are you with the Bakers? No, she isn’t getting it. As discretely as possible I finally told her, I’m looking for a MEET-TING. “Ohhhhh,” and then it was as if Peg from Married with Children transformed into flesh as the server then yelled across the room, “Hey Susan! She’s looking for A.A!!” They proceeded to use the entire restaurant as a batting cage for my ego as they confirmed first with each other than with me that it had indeed been moved to the park across the street. Usually, I would have been so embarrassed and frustrated. But for some reason all I could think of was that I may have been exactly what someone needed that morning. I mean, God uses everything, even buffets. Maybe someone in there has been wondering wether or not they should go to a meeting or maybe someone just needed a reminder that we’re still there. Only God knows. At any rate- I made it to the meeting and it was fabulous. I think I have found my new family.
I have gone on longer than before and if you’ve stuck it out with me thus far, I Thank You. As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts.