So much has been going on lately in our ever changing lives. Hmmm let's see...
Breastfeeding - We have officially began the weaning process at 13 months. We're down to usually just one nursing session a day. Sometimes more and sometimes not at all. Mini Doc Handsome has been weaning himself for about 3 or so months now and after tormenting myself with the decision, Doc Handsome and I have decided jointly that at 14 months (Dec. 19th) this beautiful era in our parenthood will be over. *Insert very sad face* However, I do have to say that I am proud of US for how far we did make it. I say us because breastfeeding has to be supported by your partner to successfully work. Doc Handsome was so patient in assisting with pumping and warming frozen milk when I was away at work. 14 months of giving him the best of the breast and I can know with certainty that it is a benefit not just for his 14th months of breastfeeding, but for his entire life. I'm pretty obviously VERY pro breastfeeding so I'm proud that Mini Dh has never had a drop of formula and that I've never even had to purchase formula. I still dread the last nursing session as I can picture it perfectly in my head. Many times I've contemplated nursing until two years of age but after all the difficulties and heartache of trying to get Mini Dh to nurse when he very clearly is weaning himself, the beauty and bonding Mini Dh and I once shared in nursing has long dissolved.
(Please no meany face comments about how I should be ashamed of stopping. I have my blog set up to not allow annonymous comments because I put some of my most inner thoughts on here under my own identity, not annonymous, so I think a difference of opinion can be said respectfully and with an identity....and of course is always welcomed.)
Thanksgiving - We're spending at our house this year. We did three different trips to the SF Bay area in October for our niece's and nephew's births and Mini Dh's first birthday trip that we were drained of traveling so harshly with Mini DH. We also figured if we didn't take the trip for Thanksgiving, we could ask for more time of during Christmas time. So we did just that and now we get to spend an entire week in the Bay Area for Christmas and even New Year's Eve with our friends up there....which we've never done before.
So tomorrow we've got a huge shopping list for my first ever Thanksgiving cooking attempt. Eeks! Saying I'm nervous would be an understatement.
Military - Still no word from MEPS but this week will mark 3 weeks and we SHOULD hear back from them. Those prayers are much appreciated, if you could keep them going just a bit longer.
Mini Dh - He's walking like a pro and trying his very hardest to run which is so adorable to watch. He just got finished with antibiotics for yet another double ear infection mixed with a sinus infection which we both had for nearly four weeks. We were miserable and apparantly he is prone to ear infections. The antibiotics gave him an infection so now we're dealing with that. Mini Dh is such a good tempered boy though because through it all he's still so patient and rarely fussy.
He's saying all kinds of words now including mama, dada, ball, tree, car, doggie, light, and bird. He points out my nose, ears, eyes, forehead, and cheek. He's at such an absorbant age; everyday is more fun than the day before. And of course, more challenging too as he tries to assert his independence.
Me, myself, and I - I have began....drum roll please.......therapy for myself. It's been a long time coming and not anything I really plan on discussig here but I am excited for my very own road to recovery and hopefully a huge decrease in unfortunate emotions.
School - I started my third block in school last week and that marked my first ever class that is actually related to my major in Elementary Education. I really like how UofP threw in some major related classes with my general ed cause it keeps my eye of the bigger goal rather than just trying to get through the b.s. gen. ed classes.
Christmas break starts in just a few weeks and I'm so relieved that I won't have school work to do on our vacation up north.
Tonight it was raining and Doc Handsome stepped out onto the patio with Mini Dh in his arms, asking me to come out for just a few seconds. I gave him that "really?! In the cold?!?!" face as I threw on my jacket. We just watched the rain and in the middle of an ordinary night he said, "I'm so glad I'm here this year. I love you two."
It reminded me of the families that don't have their partner or parent home this holiday season like Mrs. S and Beka just for starters. Whether it's a military family or even one who can't be with their family for various reasons, please keep them in mind. Somewhere someone is missing what we are blessed for this season. Last year it was us.
Merry Christmas!!! We're so close to Thanksgiving so I've started saying it now!