Yeah, where I have been? Good question. I’m not even going to try to apologize and rationalize my time away from this blog. I’ve been pretty hard on myself about the fact that I haven’t been able to write as much as I’ve liked. I mean I did produce a human in 2013, and for the first 5 1/2 months of her life, I was her primary caregiver for 11-13 hours per day. Maybe I’m not such a slacker after all?
Then late 2013 I decided to accept a job because, you know, I had so much time on my hands (UM, WHAT?!!). Being a Work Outside the Home Mother is rough, but I believe in the work that I do. It was hard to leave Baby C for the first weeks, but I will say that my life is seeming a little more balanced these days, if not completely busy and overwhelming at times.
My goal for 2014 is figure out what balance means to me and what this next phase of my life will look like. Husband J and Baby C will be central to that of course. My love of travel, food, and blogging will hopefully figure into the mix as well. It’s been hard to carve out the space for myself and my pursuits that aren’t work related, but I hope 2014 brings me the ability to create a “Terri Zone” (free time? What’s that?!) for tapping into the things that I love to do for fun. Some days I feel like it might mean that I don’t sleep at night to accomplish the things I need to. We’ll see.
I was busier living life and not documenting it in 2013, so here are some things that I didn’t get to share and/or reflect what my year was like.
1. Going to see Mrs. Shawn Carter. As a very generous and fun first Mother’s Day present, Husband J got me tickets to see Beyonce. I know lots of people love to hate her, but I have to say that this woman can PERFORM. I was completely impressed by the show, and put on a show she did. After awhile I stopped counting the costume changes, and Ms. Bey sounds amazing in person.
Of course she decided to drop an album without even having to advertise as if to say, “I know you fools gon’ buy my stuff anyway, so here it is.” Uh huh. I find it hysterical that Beyonce was one of the highlights of my year, but I just don’t get out as often as I used to. Seriously though, this concert represented one of my first evenings out alone without Baby C (and Husband J), and it was really nice to have some fun again (that wasn’t family focused).
2. Learning to travel as a family. As I mentioned in my last post, 2013 was about us learning how to travel as a family. Having to navigate naps and hoping and praying for a smooth flight with a baby were just some of the new aspects of the little bit of travel we did this year. I’m happy to say that Baby C is a pretty awesome traveler so far. We were able to also fit in a trip to Antigua to introduce her to my family there. More on that soon.
Husband J, Me & Baby C asleep in the baby carrier at the top of Mont Royal Park in Montreal, Canada
3. Little Miss Baby C. 2013 was the year of Baby C, and I have to say that I think I’ve given birth to a kindred spirit. She loves her daily time outside, and she is fascinated by people and new environments. We have been very lucky so far with her as a travel partner. Her patience, curiosity and ability to go with the flow have amazed me. While she’s not always the best sleeper while we’ve been away, she’s seems to charm people wherever we go.
Baby C’s first Halloween. She was a ladybug.
Baby C’s first holiday season.
With the dawn of a New Year there’s often lots of hope and good intentions. I’m hoping 2014 will mean sharing more with you.
What are you hoping for in 2014?