What an incredible year it has been! So many to be thankful for. I am deeply touched by the blessings I have experienced this year:
First, my daughter is now 7 months old…she is growing very well and that is all I could ask from the universe. I am also grateful that I was able to exclusively breastfeed her for all these times. There were of course many vulnerable moments where I felt low - the recovery pain for weeks, thought my guts were going to spill out (sorry tmi!) post C section, cracked nipples, sleep deprivation, being unable to get out of bed. But all of those are becoming distant memories and the love continues to grow as she grows.
We’ve purchased and renovated our home. Wow as if having a kid is not a big enough life event, but these things fell right and more so now that we are settling into our home. Grateful for family - both side of mine and my husband’s who made this all happened for us. Corey, with a big help from his dad and mom, they tackled on the renovation for a month and a half. This makes it so much more special for us. I had a moment where I teared up when I saw my mason jars have their own home. LOL. But in seriousness, I was touched by my husband’s thoughtfulness.
Memorable travels. Prague for my sister’s wedding in August, Washington D.C. and North Carolina visiting relatives in October.
My husband and life partner. He made our house, but he also makes it our home. I don’t say it, but when he and I put Emily to bed together…when he cleans up every night (even after my mess :D) he does so wholeheartedly and with eagerness (and efficiency). Meegwetch.
This evening, after Emily’s last nap, we went to Lonsdale Quay and explored the area. My husband wanted a family outing and North Van is always a treat with the seabus portion especially. We were actually at the tail end of the Quay hours, Corey had wanted to explore the upstairs of the Quay - I was, as usual, overly cautious and already shutting down the idea, thinking that all the stores would be closed. But we did explore the upstairs and first thing was a play corner. What a treat! I mean in our pre-parenting life, this would have been out of our radar, but what a joy that place was and the children and parents there. We quickly got Emily out of her bear suit and she knew it was game time! She is such a social baby and she doesn’t go for toys, but she loves to greet other babies with her squeals. The one boy close to her age was in tears however when the said squeal perhaps was too much for him. Anyways, the parents have a laugh. There was another baby that didn’t seem to mind. Babies are funny. My highlight were the other girls (about 4-5 years old) and one of them had pretty braids and immediately shown Emily so much love…asking her to play, carrying Emily..it just warmed my heart the same way I see Emily with her cousin.
We went home, put Emily to sleep, ordered pizza and called it a night. I really could not have asked for anything better!