Last year, around this time, I was..
…teaching high school.
…deciding to start a Ph.D. program.
…finding out I was pregnant (and freaking out a bit, too).
…starting to plan for our big move (finding a place to rent, finding renters, etc.).
…finishing my thesis and getting excited about graduation, and a much anticipated return to the Domain.
…taking the kids (just two!) to the parks and pools and play dates after school – enjoying our final months in Gainesville as much as possible.
And now, I’m…
…about two weeks away from finishing my second semester of course work and teaching at UGA.
…working from home with Sidney three days a week.
…writing and revising a collection of 75-100 pages of fiction for my workshop portfolio.
…reading at least one book a week.
…deciding on my three concentration areas: creative writing, composition and rhetoric, and digital humanities.
…getting three kids up and dressed and out the door every morning – now without too much stress most days.
…enjoying evenings and weekends with the family – dinner, bike rides, park trips, errands, games, reading, baths, and bedtime.
Last year, the kids were smaller (Sidney probably the size of a kidney bean!), but now they are so much bigger, more mature, more expressive, and more active.
…Riley is trying to read on her own and can color with amazing patience and meticulous concentration.
…Adrian can say dozens of words (though most sound like gaga or baaaa).
…They both are doting older siblings to Sidney. Except for Adrian trying to drill a hole through her forehead with a toy drill, that is. They fetch her toys and blankets and pacifiers. They cuddle with her and try to tickle her belly and toes.
…Riley wants to be an artist when she grows up. She wants to marry her brother. She likes my singing.
…Adrian wants to do exactly what Riley does. He wants everything she wants. He laughs at everything except when he doesn’t get his way. Then he loses it.
….They love their blankets, cereal (with and without milk), playing outside, running, themselves silly, snacks, and cuddling. They are still so young, so sweet. I want them like this always.
And Sidney. She’s not a kidney bean anymore. Now she’s…
…rolling back to front and front to back.
…sleeping mostly through the night.
…nursing like a champ (at least according to her thighs).
…already wearing 6 months clothing though she’s just four months old.
…smiling and giggling and full-belly laughing some days.
…grabbing and holding toys.
…so alert and aware. Especially when Riley and Adrian are around. They fascinate her.
…holding her head up and spending more time in her Bumbo seat.
…looking more and more like a little girl and less like a baby. I put her in a t-shirt and shorts the other day – wow did she look grown up! Today she’s back in a sleeper because it’s cold and rainy and I’m glad. She can’t wear ruffles on her bum forever, but today she can. There are hearts on the bottom of her footsies. They make me happy.
What a year it has been! So full. So exciting. It’s been everything I hoped it would be and more. So much more.