The recap

It’s been a while.

I’ve written to you in my head countless times, crafting paragraphs of prose I promptly forgot. So lest I lapse again, here’s where we left off:

Sick.

When Ollie was born and we were learning together how to nurse, our doula remarked how we always expect babies to just eat straight through until finish, forgetting that we too pause during meals. We put down our utensils. We take a beat. This simple reality that “babies, they’re just like us” hit home in that moment and I’ve thought back to it ever since.

They’re constantly learning, constantly changing. Yet still, when Ollie got his first fever, it felt terrifying, like I’d never see a fever before. Certainly the stakes are higher for babes, certainly it’s something to watch, but overall? Babies, they’re just like us. They get colds and coughs and just when you think the last sniffle has rung out, just when we think we’ve got a handle on it, something new comes up.

Just

Like

Us.

And you can’t study your way out of the unknowns (trust me, I’ve tried).

Studying up!

Ollie sailed through his first fever with his warm cheeks pressed to my chest and straight out of that he went into another new: crawling.

Or sometimes just planking. The kid has better abs than I do though he really needs to work on his form!

Well, more like an army crawl that now has progressed into a true crawl that I’m sure will soon progress into even more mayhem. The new and the firsts just keep coming with our tenacious little man.

Another first followed: solids!

And yet another first arrived about a week later: his first time meeting his Grandma and Grandpa.

Ollie is the master of the stare down.

There’s something so special about seeing your parent do the things you loved with your kiddo. For us, reading was my favorite pastime and here it was, recreated in the next generation.

Love me some Drum City

After the dust had settled from meeting the grandparents, up it went again in the form of a work opportunity for me and a new path for The Chief. Big decisions loomed and some still do. The dust up started to feel more like a whirlwind. Yet another first came as we got to talk about these new moves over drinks and appetizers on our first date night!

A lil Brut Rosé with my babe.

Still, the holidays stood before us as did time off to think and recoup and…sleep train.

How many years I’ve waited to write those words. They stopped me right in my tracks. I am so incredibly grateful.

We had plans, y’all.

Apparently we forgot that plans in parenthood (and in life) are laughable, at best.

Duh, Mom. What were you thinking?!

Two teeth made their debut on Christmas Eve and while it’s been mellower than I anticipated, schedules have gone out the window along with our plans.

The tiny two

What’s a gal to do?

Roll with it.

Just chill.

As we welcome this new year, I welcome (albeit, sometimes begrudgingly) letting go. There are so very many uncertainties in our life right now that the only way forward is just that: forward. So cheers to the unplanned, the unstoppable, the unexpected. I hope it treats you well.

Here’s to a beautiful year.

NYE 2022

With love,

From Hawaii

P.S. What is you resolution or your word for 2023? Leave a comment below!

4 comments

  1. Hi Julia,
    I’d love to go on more adventures in 2023.
    Though it sounds like you wouldn’t be able to dodge those upcoming adventures, even if you tried. 😉 All the best to you and your upcoming decisions!
    What helps me most when I’m stuck at a life-path junction: Imagine myself in the future looking back to this decision and asking “What would I regret more if I DIDN’T do it?”
    Then it’s easy, I just do whatever has the most regret-of-not-doing potential. 🙂
    Cheers from the Yukon,
    Luisa

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      1. I’d love to do some epic hiking/backpacking/packrafting trips this year. But also I’m afraid of drowning, so we’ll see what the compromise will be. 😉
        Looking forward to reading about your journey in 2023!

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