Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The After Christmas

Christmas has come and gone for another year. I'm always shocked by how much preparation goes into Christmas, only to have it come and go in a flash. I can't believe that we are already almost 4 days past Christmas. Next on the agenda: New Years!!

This year, Christmas Eve was spent with Geoff's parents, sipping wine (well, everyone but Mira and I), eating appetizers and chit chatting, catching up on the latest. Mira loves going over to Geoff's parents house (Granna and Grampa as she calls them) as his mom has a large selection of teddy bears and toy snowmen to play with. A kids heaven really.

Christmas Day, we packed up the van and went to Ancaster to visit with my Dad, Pam and my three brothers Matt, Brandon and Drew. We had brunch together since I had to have Mira back to her Dad for about 2pm. It was a quick visit, but always a good one. Christmas night, Geoff and I had big plans to go to a movie since we didn't have Mira. A good opportunity for a "date night". However, we were feeling totally run off our feet from all the Christmas chaos and so we opted for pajamas, chicken soup and television. It was actually really nice. Just the two of us, enjoying some alone time together :)

Boxing Day, Geoff and I decided to host the annual Boxing Day party at our place for all of our friends and family. All of the usual suspects made an appearance as well as some new faces from the Lynden Circle crowd (our neighbours are always up for a good party) and Geoff's parents drove up to partake which was a great surprise.

Overall, the holidays were a success. We are worn out and ready for a vacation, but we couldn't have been happier with the time we spent with our friends and family. We got great gifts for one another and Mira's face lit up continuously throughout the holidays with such a glow that it made me want to tear up with happiness. My daughter has come to appreciate the holiday season. She is now patient when it comes to opening presents, waiting for others to take their turn at opening. She is grateful for the presents she gets. These are all signs that my little one is growing up and maturing. She actually said to me the other day at my parents house "It's okay Mama if I don't get any presents. I'm still going to be happy." Made my heart sing to hear that. Of course, she did get presents, but she was grateful. Not something you see very often in a 5 year old.

This was our last Christmas as a family of three. Next year there will a 6 month old yanking at the tree and ripping the wrapping paper. I love it. It's all about family after all.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hello, again.

 After a three month hiatus from my blog, I am here again. I have a whole new blog with a new look.

I have so much to share since I last blogged. In fact, it now seems quite appropriate to have a fresh start.
So many wonderful things have happened in the past 12 weeks. Where do I even begin?

Laying on his/her back

I guess a good place to start would be with the announcement that we are pregnant. Geoff and I are going to be welcoming an adorable little boy or girl in the month of June. Baby Seymour is currently 13 1/2 weeks old growing bigger by the day. Thus far, baby bean has been growing like a weed, often measuring big for his/her age. This is a great sign!

Mira is super excited about becoming a big sister. She has told me that she wants three little brothers. Thankfully there is only one baby in that womb as having three little ones would be insane! I would always be grateful for whatever I was given, but having one at a time seems a little more manageable.

So far, the pregnancy has been pretty good to me. Some nausea (more than with Mira for sure) and fatigue. It unfortunately hit it's peak while I was in Punta Cana. As tired as I was, it seems that lying on a beach chair in the sun is conducive to managing morning/afternoon/evening sickness and so this was easy to achieve while at an all-inclusive resort.

Folks, this bean is a mover! He/she doesn't stop jumping up and down every time the technician moves in for a look with her magic wand. It's like baby knows that he/she is on display for the world to see. What a show! The technician was able to catch the baby mid-jump in the picture on the left.

I don't know how to top a more than welcome pregnancy when it comes to news. We managed to get away to Punta Cana. It was the first all-inclusive trip for Mira and I. We'd never been to an all-inclusive resort and to be honest, I wasn't sure how I'd like it. I have a hard time sitting still. I can get bored sitting in a chair for any period of time. However, I was pleasantly surprised that I could lay there and do nothing for extended periods of time. Found it quite easy actually. Whether it was baby bean forcing me to relax and take advantage or whether it was my "inner Shannon" coming to appreciate the laid back, I-don't-need-to-cook-or-clean concept.

 A big purchase for us this fall was a minivan. Yup, we gave up the truck for the convenience and practicality (certainly not the coolness) of a minivan. We opted for a Dodge Grand Caravan for a number of reasons. It was the right price and it had the right options that we were looking for. It's certainly not a flashy vehicle and not nearly as cool as my F-150 (*sniff*) but we admitted that a minivan is what would best suit our needs with two kids and a dog. Geoff has finally gotten used to the "loser cruiser" and has even admitted to liking it.

I am enjoying being back on this blog already and I've only written a page. Blog, how I have missed you. I hope that you forgive me for my long abscence.