Archive for December 2009
So we’re headed to Paris this morning, if we ever stop adding things to the somehow-stuff-into-the-car pile. I think I’ll feel better about everything once we get settled in there and realize we didn’t forget anything vitally important. And find a place to park the car that doesn’t cost 30 Euro/day because in general, bringing a car into Paris proper is a nightmare.
It’s supposed to rain, almost all week, so I’m packing my very practical hiking shoes, and a couple pairs of boots. I’m packing a couple of books too.
Maybe we find some free internet but I’m not holding my breath, so Happy New Year’s everyone!
THIS Friday. Yay!!
For the past couple of years, by the time the 21st of December rolled around we had already visited at least one family a little bit. Had already endured at least two full, fully cramped airplane rides and survived the customs lines in Atlanta (most often) or Chicago (once or twice).
The Christmas party for my side of the family for this year was on Saturday, and we joined them for a few minutes via webcam so that my grandmother and aunts and uncles could see the newest family member. Luckily the party started at 2 p.m. (8 p.m. here) so we had a small window before her bedtime.
While it is hard not being in town this year, I rather liked our weekend here. Along with everyone else in the world (it seems), I baked. It snowed enough to stay on the ground:
It got really frigid here (-10 C), but we braved the cold and filled up the refrigerator. We played on the floor and read books. All three of us took naps.
We dealt with some last minute gift drama. There were lots of kisses. Then it snowed some more:
Some deep cleaning was done in the bathroom. Oh and we had an excellent dinner last night, and excellent wine too. So nothing particularly special made this weekend special. I’m hoping for more of the same for the coming week!
I have to add, since it just popped in my brain, 3 month-olds are really fun. And for me, well, I’m starting to feel more adjusted to this new routine. As we folded a bunch of clothes this weekend, newborn clothes that this baby won’t ever wear again, it hit me how fast this time is going and to really appreciate it.
Best wishes for everyone this week!
A few weeks ago I was pondering whether to decorate this year.
Because remember, in theory, we won’t be living here next Christmas, and combined, we own three ornaments.
After deciding I’d be a little mopey if we didn’t, I rallied up a few ideas that would take little to no storage after the fact.
Stockings on the banister:
And our “tree” (which also means all the gifts are wrapped):
D gets credit for helping me figure out the “tree” top last night, and for hanging the star!
New Year’s in Paris.
That is the latest plan for the holidays, and maybe the 4 or 5th iteration of this year’s Christmas agenda. We don’t have all the details yet; D and his mother are working on this. As far as I know, the tickets are bought but the hotel/apartment is not yet secured. Our parents are very anxious to see their first grandbaby, thus all the last minute changes and drastic measures.
We picked Paris because of the non-stop flights there from Quebec, and well, it’s a nice place to visit. And it’s only a 4 hour drive for us. We’ll mostly be skipping the Parisian restaurants this year, so we need to get a place with a kitchen so we can cook and eat together.
As such, I’ve been trying to get baby A to enjoy walking around with me in the Ergo baby carrier, in hopes we can use it for this trip. Up to recently she wasn’t having it AT all, but she’s a better size for it now, and is tolerating it more and more.
It’s not as good as being back to see everyone but we are excited!
Being pregnant was all about how many weeks. Now that we have the bundle o’ joy, it’s all about the months and she’s already almost 3!
We’re still getting used to the new existence. It’s a 180 degree change for me, going from working overtime every week as an engineer to working overtime every week as a new parent. It takes a completely different set of brain skills to keep her and myself entertained all day.
So it’s hard work but she’s amazing and makes laugh so much during the day:
I’m grateful that this is where I get to be right now.
Sleep wise we’re all getting more through the night, yippee! Baby A goes to sleep between 9 – 10 p.m. and usually wakes up around 5 – 6 a.m. for a bottle and then goes back to sleep until 8 or 9 a.m. Not bad eh? She doesn’t nap too much during the day on this schedule, which I miss, but I definitely prefer this to the 10, 3, 6 schedule we used to have.
This week, for the first time, she’s been trying to pull herself up into a sitting position when she holds my finger. She does this almost any time she’s reclined but she doesn’t have much strength when she gets there so I only let her keep this position for a short time.
Who knows what funny thing she will try to do tomorrow!