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Baby, Family

Weekend, update

05.04.08 | 1 Comment

We had a nice weekend while my Dad was in town. I feel like his visit went by too quickly – I worked two of the days, we had a garage sale and he had a golf tournament, and he left early this morning. My camera ran out of batteries during our dinner last night, so I’ll have to get pictures onto Flickr from my Mom’s camera. It is always nice to see him, and Zoe had a grand old time.

The sale… could have gone better, but we got rid of a few things, and maybe we can do it once more before we leave. For the effort, though, I’m more apt to list the big stuff on craigslist and haul the rest of the usable things to Goodwill. And find a dumpster for the rest. We sold several things, including a bed and all the trappings, some giant speakers, a DVD player… Easy enough to let go. Some others, like Zoe’s rainforest swing, a few baby clothes, and some of my maternity tops hurt a little bit, but it was the logical thing to do. Plus, if that swing can be the sanity saver for someone else that it was for me, I send it with my blessings. The woman that bought it was super excited. Our goal is to remove sentimental attachment to stuff. Baby steps.

We took six bags of clothes to Goodwill about a month ago, including some of my nursing camisoles. I have to admit that I sniffed and cuddled them before I put them in the bag. Joel commented at the time that these were not the actions of a woman who is done having children. It really is just a nostalgia for the tiny-baby-love-sleep-deprivation-induced euphoria I felt with Zoe, maybe a wistfulness for her less-demanding days (although it’s more of a different-demanding than less-demanding). It just went by so quickly. I may get baby fever again some day, but all it will take is remembering the absolute deterioration of my brain in this past year to remind me that Zoe is enough. I know Joel will remind me. So to my friends and sisters: be fruitful and multiply. Have your babies and let me snuggle them sometimes. Just please, if I start talking crazy, redirect me.

All that said, now is a good time. Zoe full-out ran today, like up on her toes, and exercised her little lungs on the playground. We had such a relaxing, happy day together.

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