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A New Path

The kids set sail, high above the creek named Sligo, to a school that sits on a hill. It’s a calm community. A community of diverse students and backgrounds. And that community will protect them for the next 8 months.

Ahhhhh. Deep breathes.

I have written it to many and believe it to be true: transitions are often harder on adults than their kids. I am feeling how tough it can be. From the new commute, the new community, the new “flow” to their new friends, it’ll be a tough change. But, Amma must be up for it and I’m trying to be.

As I prepped for the new school year, I decided a few things:

  1. I’m going to strive to document as much of this new year as I possibly can. I’ll be doing it through blogging, weekly logs of TD1 and TD2 lives, and through 1 second everyday.
  2. It’ll be a year of slowing down and interacting more with one another. It’ll be less of interacting with a flat screen. More play and less talking at you. More silly and less “no”. More nature! More drawing! More crafts!
  3. I’ll mess up and be okay with it. It’s a forgone conclusion. It’ll happen. I need to be better about letting it go. Listen to TD2 who always reminds me, after she does something she is not supposed to do, “It’s okay, Amma. It’ll be okay.”

I’m genuinely excited about how much growth I’ll see in them, and me, as we chart this new path. It’ll be a path that will crisscross my childhood path in some similar dimensions. Exploring these grounds will be fun, as I wear different clothes and hold a new flashlight.

 

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Smelly Neck and Other Considerations

The things you learn when you have a little one:

  1. No matter how many bibs and swipes you do after the baby feeds, milk + sweat + neck folds = disgusting, repulsive smell. Seriously. It was nasty when I spread a fold near her neck, bending down to give her a kiss, when the aroma hit my face like a bad habit. Wow.
  2. Sleep is very precious. So is brushing your teeth. And going to bathroom without waking up the baby you put to sleep after 30 minutes of bouncing on the exercise ball.
  3. Hearing a newborn laugh for the first time is the most incredible sound in the world. I will be able to say to TD, “I was there when you LOLed for the first time.” W.O.W.

        4. Diaper changing ain’t so bad. Well, as of right now, it ain’t bad. She’s not on solids which I hear is a game changer. Ha.

I know there will be more as I continue to hang out and learn from TD. But, really, #1 blew me away. Ugh. The smell is coming back to me. I really wish I could share the smell with you. When are they going to create scratch and sniff computers?

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