I just saw the date of my last post --- Feb. 2013!
My family just threw me a surprise party and got a me a surprise gift - my Frankie! ... to say that I slacked off with blogging because life got busy would be an understatement.
Here, in all of it's list form glory, is a chronological recap of what happened next:
- A work trip to NYC ended with some friends flying out to meet me to enjoy a wonderful girls foodie-themed spring break (& for the most part it was...) but I ended up sick and nauseous the entire time.
- Ryan and I confirmed our pregnancy!!!! (Thankfully explaining the elegant barfing all over the Big Apple). We announced this to friends and family at my Mom's birthday dinner. At a Red Lobster. We announced this to the world on Mother's Day 2013. On instagram. We agreed to have the gender of our child be a surprise until the end.
- Frankie proved to be a HANDFUL of a puppy! (This "puppy" phase in Frenchies, we learned, lasts quite a bit longer than in other breeds. GREAT.)
- Something was in the water - Ryan's close friend from our Guam-days, who now lives in Texas, told us he and his wife were expecting (with a due date just a week from our), one of close friends here, also had a close due date (in end, we gave birth on the same day to birthday twins!), and a work friend revealed she was expecting too. I nearly cried for joy knowing I wasn't going to be "alone" in all of this crazy, life changing-ness.
- Speaking of work .. it commenced as usual. I got some training through NASA for a certification to handle legit lunar & meteorite samples! (big Nerd win for me!). Went on another Sea Camp trip swimming around in the ocean - found out I was not as buoyant as I had been on previous trips! & finally broke the news to my students at the end of the year by rushing out of the classroom just before the bell rings with a "GottagotothebathroomnohomeworktonightseeyouguystomorrowbythewayI'mpregnant!OKbyeeeee."
- FF to October 14, 2013, we were blessed with the best gift ever, a little earlier than expected but oh so welcomed --- I gave birth to a baby girl, Rylie Grace.
- Breastfeeding was NOT easy and for me (and probably baby too), not enjoyable. I stopped feeling guilty about feeling that way and stopped letting other women make me feel guilty about feeling that way real quick. I nursed for 6 weeks and since the weaning, we've had a healthy happy baby who has slept through the entire night ever since. :)
- Before giving birth, I did prenatal yoga and walked a lot. Other than that, I stayed away from the typical classes (Lamaze, baby prep, etc.) and didn't read any books. I can't say I have any
- Maternity leave was nice and all ... yes, I did need quite a few days to recuperate (it was QUiTE HORRiFYiNG to find out what a "4th degree tear" means and that it happened to me! DON'T Google it.) and yes, the bonding time with my new little was lovely. I wasn't emotional or hormonal during pregnancy like many women are. Instead, all of the feels got me once I gave birth. I was a wreck - I could literally go through every possible human emotion within a minute just because I saw the tail end of a Charmin toilet paper commercial. The mysteries and complications of postpartum life is something that no one can really prepare you for as I learned that it will be drastically different for every woman. It made me appreciate mothers in a totally new light. More so, it made me appreciate stay-at-home mothers. I was thankful to be a mom - thankful to be Rylie's mom - but I wasn't the best mom I could be. I knew part of it was because I wasn't happy being home full time. At first, saying that out loud made me feel terrible. But of course, it wasn't that I was unhappy being with Rylie - I missed being productive in a way I knew how, being fulfilled through work. I took just 8 weeks off and returned to teaching. Fortunately, I'm surrounded by women/friends at work who also embrace the 'working mom life'. I have nothing to feel guilty about, I am happy doing what I do and because of that, I get to go home after a long work day feeling proud and accomplished. I end up being a better mom because I am happy and that much more eager to spend the rest of the day with my kiddo.
- Other big life events as a new party of three (or, five if you want to count the dogs) - first Halloween, first Christmas, first New Years, first Valentine's, Easter, first plane ride, first wedding, yadda yadda yadda. Having a baby girl makes the holidays and special occasions infinitely cuter with the OUTFITS! THE OUTFITS!!
- I found myself in ISRAEL for another work trip in Feb. 2014 (to this day, I still find it crazy that my job has me traveling to all these places!). Jerusalem, the Old City, the Dead Sea, Masada ... a once in a lifetime experience that I hope doesn't end up being a once in a lifetime experience after all :)
- Ryan continues to live that Reserves life, graduated last summer, and is now working full time in physical therapy. His training in massage and knowledge of the body's muscular system came it handy during pregnancy and life in general! WORK PERKS!
- At this point, Rylie has been in day care since she was 3 months old. Our choice (or maybe lack thereof) to do this has been wonderful. She seems to be well adjusted, social, and comparatively, a BiG girl! Hahahaa ... she was sitting in a high chair at 7 months, feeding herself and walking at 9mo, running by a year old, and at 16mo is fully invested in the "mine!" phase (Oh boy! Can you say the Terrible Two's came early?). Her teachers tell us she's ready for potty training as she proudly announces "diaper time!"
- As for the dogs - Roscoe had to adjust quickly to not being the "only kid". Frankie's house training and training in general was definitely not as quick as Roscoe's and therefore needed a lot of attention. French Bulldogs are described as clowns. It's true. This dog will always be so puppy-like. Thankfully, he started to "calm down" about a year and half in. He's house trained and we could leave him and our stuff out without being in fear that we will come home to everything being ripped to shreds! Frankie, to this day, prances around like he's still a tiny puppy. It's funny. Both dogs have been so great with Rylie - at first, Frankie was all about the baby and Roscoe was very standoffish. But these days, the three of them are besties. I'm sure they appreciate all the dropped food during Rylie's mealtimes! We taught her how to do the Filipino 'mano' and she does it to the dogs if you tell her to!
Rylie insisted on holding Frankie's leash.
So yeah, it has been a while since I last posted. Life has certainly been busy! I'm currently on spring break enjoying a stay-cation! Rylie's at day care and Ryan's at work so I've had time to work on the house, get caught up with work, and doing some actual relaxing! I've thought about this blog here and there and sometimes wished I documented more of the last year and a half more for sentimental reasons. I can't say, again, that this is a return. Just that I've missed this. I want to put more time and effort into this. But we've been enjoying life too much to really take a second ...
But that blogging itch though ...
Seriously missing Rylie's pineapple-hair phase.
Hope it won't be another year a half until you hear from me again ... ;)