Life: my daughter Nina was born on July 4. A food blogger I follow wrote the best description of having a second child:
First babies are amazing for the absolute awe they inspire. When youâ€™re an adult, not all that much feels new anymore, but a first baby makes the whole world new again.When O was born, I felt like my world had been cracked open and a flood of emotions and experiences I never couldâ€™ve predicted came rushing in. You change when you have a baby. Your marriage changes, the daily rhythm of your life changes, your feelings about your career change, the way you view the world changes. Itâ€™s amazing, but also really, really hard.
A second baby slips into your life like a soft breeze. She nurses and sleeps and wakes and poops and makes little squeaky noises and around her, our life continues on much like it did before. A second baby is like someone you already know finally showing up. There you are, I thought, when she was first placed on my chest all wet and warm and staring right at me, of course.
And thereâ€™s a feeling of victory with a second baby, isnâ€™t there? Not only did you survive the first one, but you chose to do it all over again and this time you feel like you know what youâ€™re doing. The hiccups wonâ€™t kill her and thereâ€™s no need to burst into tears every time she does; if you put either breast milk or aquaphor on it, it will clear up; just breastfeed whenever and donâ€™t worry about how much they are or arenâ€™t eating or what their poop looks like; life wonâ€™t be like this forever, it will get easier.
I don’t want to say much about them, but I definitely don’t want to forget the challenges. It hasn’t been easy, but the rewards are amazing. James is growing into a smart little boy so quickly, and watching him try to figure out the world is fascinating. Just the other morning, I was watching the movie trailer for “Selma“, and he overheard it and started peppering me with questions. Imagine the mental gymnastics required toÂ explain the civil rights movement to a 3.5-year old!
Fitness & Health: ugh, I am a wreck. I last tracked a run in May. And while I struggled to keep a regular CrossFit schedule before Nina was born, things completely disintegrated after she was born. I have not exercised regularly since summer.
Travel:Â Lots of work trips: I went to Cork and Edinburgh in February, Beijing in April/May, and I topped it off with an overnight to scenic Kennewick, WA. For family vacations, we went to Santa Barbara and Disneyland, Cannon Beach, and Vancouver B.C.