I know I haven't been writing as much this year as I have before... yes, I'm sure it is understandable since I have a baby now... but I do still feel a bit guilty about it. What is cool is that there are some of you who still visit! :)
So, I'll tell you what's been up with me...
It's been a long few months trying to get into a new groove. Lil M is still quite amazing and fun. She laughs a lot. She's grown SO MUCH in the past year! We've got a pretty good schedule down. Even with the dog-dogs! :) Skippy has gained weight in the past year. He looks great. He still has a wonderful personality and I've been so glad he's mine! Maggi is still quite the barker. I've tried practically everything... but I love her still! She's quite lovie and she and Skippy are the best of friends.
Work has been the hardest adjustment, I'd say. I went from having a fantastic manager and job to having a rough time after I got back from China last year. Really rough time. Then I got a new job. I like it. But it's been a big adjustment, too. I'm getting there, though.
Mia and I spend our evenings at home with the dogs. We have dinner and then playtime and/or bath. We almost always have a little bit of Mama Mia cuddle time before she goes to bed. The weekends are filled with family, laundry and trying to decompress. I realize that things have "changed"... that thing that EVERYONE pounded into me before I left for China... and it is a "new" normal. I am trying to allow myself some flexibility in what kinds of things I do and don't do... one of the biggest things I miss is my running.
I haven't been running because my left hip hurts. My Dr. wants me to have an x-ray. The thing that bums me out is that I haven't felt like I could just go out the door and run. Ah, but I can! I have been a few times with my jogging stroller. It is heavy, and I'm not in as good a shape as I normally would be... with this stupid hip issue. So, I just need to get better and get motivated. I feel much better now taking Mia out. There were a few months where I just felt like we should stay in and get stabilized... she's always been very amenable to going places and doing stuff with me, but I didn't want to run her to death.... if that makes sense. I have a tendency to go go go.
I quilted a couple times this summer, and need to get more back into that. I really miss it too. I guess, like I said before, I've been feeling like I've been solely concentrated on Lil M these past few months. That's not bad... but I do need some "me" time, too.
Thank you all who've kept up with us, even though I haven't been as good at writing. I can't believe Lil M turns 2 in August!!! One minute time seems to stand still, and then the next it flies.
Scotland, Part Two
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