There hasn't been anything pressing going on, really. Things have been kind of normal. Which has been great, actually. The normalness of life is where I learn to find true contentment. True gratitude about this place in life I'm in, when sometimes knee-deep, feels messy and exhausting, and needing a break from it all.
Life lately has been filled with toddler meltdowns (ironically, all happening after I wrote this ooze-fest about Emeline, NOT shocking...that's how this stuff works), followed up by the sweetest moments ever. It's weird how that works. I thank God for the juxtaposition. It helps makes The Crazy seem a little easier when The Sweet comes shortly after.
Life lately has been filled with a sweet little Lucy girl, who is now all grabby-grabs with her toys. One of my favorite stages ever. She is adorable and so fun, and it's a joy being her mom. I was reminded that this time, last year is when I wrangled my toddler in a Target Restroom and found out that, indeed, WE WERE HAVING A BAYYYBEEEE! Last Thanksgiving I strategically placed a wine glass in front of me, but Declan nonchalantly sipped on mine, so we wouldn't give away the big secret quite yet. I'm so glad she's here now, and it blows my mind every day that I have two kids. (I know, I should be used to this by now? I'm not. ha.)
Life lately involved giving up meats & sweets for a fast---and while it sounds hard (for some), it honestly was a ton easier than I anticipated. I didn't really miss meat. Which goes to show I could probably be okay if someone told me I could never eat meat again (fish doesn't count). Giving up sweets? Again, easier than I thought. It helped me kick my halloween-candy-habit to the curb, and lose a few pounds, too.
Life lately has Declan and I signed up for 5K on Thanksgiving morning. Yup, we'll be Turkey-Trottin' away for the sheer fact of being able to stuff our faces more later that afternoon. I guarantee the other 1,999 people there have the same reasoning as me. I'm pretty proud of my husband. A few months ago he decided to take up running, and of course, he's one of those 'set your mind to it' types, and now the dude runs about 10 miles a week. Which is a whole heck of a lot more than I do lately (ever).
Between the way my back is feeling and the fact I haven't really run that far in a while? It oughta be an interesting 5K. I'll be shocked if I can run the whole time, honestly--we'll see.
Life lately had me try on my size 6 skinny jeans, while scared to death---they pulled up, zipped and buttoned. I was in shock. Still am, actually. Totally afraid Thanksgiving and Christmas will ruin the good thing I got going here. Still 7lbs away from pre-pregnancy weight...slow and steady wins the race, right? Just reminding myself that when Emeline wasn't even 4 months old I was stuffing my face like a pregnant lady, never even remotely "worked out", and was about 40 pounds heavier than I am right now. Baby steps.
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And life lately has me preoccupied, in a good way. With ways to make this holiday extra special for my kids. With explanations of What Is Christmas. With discussions about what being thankful means. With family returning home after long trips away.
...it's pretty good. So I may be there more than I'm here. And I'm okay with that.
Have a happy Tuesday...