While all the other Mothers of the world are lamenting the departure of daylight savings time, I am rejoicing it. Because, here I am! Forced to get up early with the baby while Paisley remains asleep. A teething ring, a spoon and a butterfly on the floor are enough to occupy Declan while I sit near him with my laptop. The fact that I have not been writing (asides from the occasional grocery list, which does not count) has been driving me nuts. Writing has been a part of who I am for as long as I can remember and I always start to feel a sense of cognitive dissonance when I abandon that part of me for too long.
So, here is a long overdue update. Declan is good and growing like a weed. He is 6 months already, can we believe it?
Paisley is funny and clever and never stops talking. Like, ever. She may be part of the reason I can’t seem to grab even 20 minutes during the day to write (and let’s be honest, when I do manage to grab some quiet time I usually try to spend it horizontally. And not in a fun way. In a sleeping way. I am exhausted lately.) but she’s worth every draining second.
When I’m in a mood to allow it, these two bring me pure joy.
The big news for our family is that we moved.! We left the big city to go to a small little town. We’re still close to Calgary (I can make it to Ikea in 25 minutes…whew!) but not immersed in it. The decision to leave all happened very quickly and was a real whirlwind. We had been trying to find a way to get out of the situation we were in (hubby was commuting 1 hour each way downtown and working at a big law firm with a billable hours target and a lot of pressure. In short, it sucked and it was bad for him and our marriage) and then all of a sudden, like life is prone to do, an opportunity arose. We had to decide quickly to take it or leave it and so after a few short meetings and a tearful drive to Calgary we took the plunge.
I was sad at first at the idea of leaving the city and of course, all of my friends. I also knew that my family had to be the priority and that this move would benefit all of us eventually. We listed our house, bought our new house, and made the move all in the span of two months. Considering we had a new baby and it all happened so quickly, the move went pretty well and because we left the city we were able to get more house for our money.
Fast forward to today: my husband works three minutes from the house and as an independent practitioner (no boss! Other than me that is) along with two senior lawyers. We have a bigger house that we love more than the old one and Paisley has started preschool out here. We are starting to make friends (it sure takes some time when you’re all grown up) and feel settled and while we aren’t quite there yet, I just know we are going to love it here. Oh, did I mention my parents live here too? What a bonus that has been – we used to see them once every week or two and now we see them nearly every day. It’s nice to be able to have a quick visit and pop in for a cup of tea. It has changed the dynamics of the relationship and I love that the kids will have their grandparents be such a fixture in their day to day lives.
Now, all I need to do is figure out my schedule enough that I can get back to blogging. Sigh.