Thursday 21 May 2009

When everything changes

Bad blogger. Bad, bad, neglectful blogger. Shame on me.

Ah, but where to start. I'll have to stick to the short version, because the long version would simply be too, well, long.

First, we've moved halfway across the country. We're back in northern Manitoba, the same tiny little town my husband and I met and grew up in. Quite the experience, being back here again – but that would be the long version. Suffice it to say that the boy is loving having his "gampa", "gamma", and four aunties around to give him lots of attention, and we're loving the big beautiful house we're renting for the same price as our little condo back in the city. Oh, and we've dug up and are ready to plant our very first vegetable garden.

Second, and the reason for the move, I've returned (temporarily) to work full time while my husband becomes a full-time SAHD. I say temporary because we'll be moving again in the fall, the rest of the way across the country, to BC where my husband will be returning to school (electrical engineering) and I will again become a work-at-home mom. As my husband was unable to find work after the company he worked for shut down last June, I applied for and accepted an opportunity with a post-secondary educational institute here in Manitoba. While I could have returned to my former job full time in the city, it would have meant long days without seeing my son. Moving us here meant, in addition to having my family around, that I could come home every noon hour and spend some time giggling away with the little guy. It's not an optimal situation, but it seems to be working well so far – again, though, I'll try to stick to the short version.

Third (and arguably most exciting), we're expecting again! What a long year it was, waiting for this wonderful blessing. The baby is due mid-December, and we are planning a midwife-attended homebirth. We are so excited. I haven't been feeling too bad so far – bouts of mild nausea here and there, a definite lack of energy, not much interest in food – but nothing at all like my first pregnancy where I was horribly sick 24/7 for the entire first three months. I'll take the occasional mild morning sickness over that any day. We've been talking to the little guy about the baby, but I have no idea how much he really understands. Right now he'll say there's a baby growing in mommy's tummy and that he's going to share his milk with the baby. He's currently nursing 1-3 times a day – I don't plan to actively wean him at this point, but I won't be at all disappointed if he gives it up on his own! Fortunately I've had very minimal pain while nursing and no apparent change in my supply so far.

Well, that's the short version. I've got more to say – so much more – but I'll save it for later. Everything always seems to happen at once, doesn't it? I think I'm ready to settle back into the blogging world, though, now that we're settled in here. Settled in and waiting expectantly for a gloriously warm and exciting summer. Come soon, sun.