Well, I’m here. We’re here. We are all alive and well. And delirious from lack of sleep. Major props to all you moms of newborns out there. This parenting (and nursing) a just-born baby is C.R.A.Z.Y hard. Quite possibly the hardest thing I have ever done.
I’ve likened it to running a marathon in reverse. I think of the actual race as the celebration. It’s the reward for all the hard work. Sure, it is a huge task, but exhilarating nonetheless. The most difficult part of a marathon is the training, especially those dreaded 20 mile runs. For me, childbirth was one of the most beautiful, divine, exhilarating, glorifying, empowering, and awesome things I have accomplished. And the medal I now wear around my neck is gorgeous. : ) However, now we’ve moved on to those damn long, long training runs, or the long, long days and nights as the case actually is.
As the sun sets each evening I get a little bit anxious thinking of the night ahead of me. Thankfully, as it has been promised, the sun rises each morning and pours through the window and I look into the eyes of this beautiful baby girl and I have an overwhelming sense of joy, happiness and determination.
So a belated Merry Christmas to you all! I might as well just go ahead and wish you a Happy New Year too since the chance of me being around before then is probably quite slim. Our Christmas was wonderful. At one point I looked over at Briar sleeping soundly (a Christmas miracle) and at Odette marveling at her presents and I whispered to Jeff that this is exactly what I wished my Christmas morning could be. I hope you found yourself as blessed as I did.
I’m currently laying on the couch next to the dimly lit Christmas tree with a now 6 pound (!!) Briar snoozing away on top on me. Odette and Jeff are quietly playing with one of her gifts while dinner cooks in the oven. I thought I’d take advantage and pop by with what I hope are a few semi-coherent sentences to catch you up.
While most of our pictures are on the real camera and it hasn’t been plugged in for months, I did find a couple if pictures on my phone that I will leave you with.