Well the little stinker is closing in on one year old. Her birthday is on Sunday the 18th. She's toddling all over the place now. She's decided it's fun to feed puffs and goldfish to The Boys, who take them ever so slowly and gently from her outstretched arm. Sometimes they get one or two quick licks in before she gets tired of waiting and just eats it herself. Meh, dogs and baby have all had their shots. I could jump up off the couch and race over there to snatch it out of her hand before she pops it in her mouth. I could...
Anyway, I've forgotten what it's like to not have her around. So I jumped back in time to visit the blog in April of 2009 to see what I was feeling. Apparently I moped around whining about how long this is taking a lot. An incredible amount of time was wasted. I could have been at Happy Hours and fabulous nightclubs. Instead, I sat around waiting! Uh, past self I just want to slap you (me?)! Weekend trips to romantic places? None! I could have even taken Gregg with me. I could have had a party and danced around the living room without shoes on and not broken my foot by stepping on one of the Fisher Price Little People who I swear can appear around the house with Twilight Zone creepiness. I could have done wacky stuff like ate dinner before 9 PM or watched a newscast from start to finish without pausing the DVR.
The point is, your life changes incredibly when you become a parent. And the change is for the better. Sure there are lots of things we no longer do, and you could never have convinced me that reading Ten Friendly Fish four or five times in a row at one sitting or playing endless games of peek-a-boo were great ways to spend a Saturday night. But I'm fascinated with the way an almost one year old changes and learns day by day. And she does it all with her daddies wrapped around her finger laughing along with her. So if you're waiting for your baby via adoption, or any other way, my advice is to go live it up. It will help ease the wait and speed things along. It's not like you'll never do it again (I have a Happy Hour coming up on Friday--yippie!) but those days will be few and far between. You'll have a good time...but the best is yet to come!
No longer a thirtysomething!
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