“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with then and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”—Dr. Seuss (via thenavywifelife)
“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”—Plato (via myquotelibrary)
January: We bought our first house and got to work making it a Home. Fueled by my nesting hormones and Tim’s sheer excitement (as well as help from our loving family), we scrubbed it clean, painted every room, tiled a backsplash in the kitchen, ripped down upper cabinets and installed shelving instead. Fixed leaky pipes and evicted all the spiders. We began to adjust to Homeowner-ship. We imagined out family growing up in this house. Winter didn’t seem so cold.
February: We travelled to the Lake House to celebrate both Moira’s and my baby sister’s birthday. We enjoyed great food and wonderful company. Days spent walking in the woods and drinking coffee, evenings spent with a fire in the fireplace, a game of Bananagrams, and my sister playing her guitar with everyone singing along. It was basically our last “trip” before Maisy Jane’s arrival.
March: My baby shower. Maisy got tons of loot and more importantly, I realized just how many amazing women I have in my life. I am truly surrounded. I wrapped up things at work and put the finishing touches on the nursery. I tried to sleep in as much as possible and Tim and I went on several date-nights, savoring our last few weeks as two.
April: Two became Three. After about 12 hours of active labor, with Tim and my Mom at my side, we welcomed Maisy Jane on April 6th. I felt like a rock star. We reveled in her sweet and tiny features, her sounds and her smell. She was finally here. The one we waited years for. And boy was she worth the wait. Leaving the hospital and driving the roads back to our little house in the country, it seemed as if spring had officially sprung. It was astonishing what a difference a few days in the hospital made. Every tree had blossomed and the world just seemed more…alive. We took a 2-week old Maisy to the Eastern Shore to celebrate Easter with my Dad’s side of the family. Maisy was tiny and my hair was still long. Katie moved up to Maryland. She and Shannon bickered over who was the better Aunt.
May: I celebrated my 27th birthday as well as my very first Mother’s Day. We spent the weekend at the Lake House with family, enjoying the new screened porch and watching Maisy doze. Maisy and I spent the entire month at home, getting to know each other. Tim planted the first round of veggies on our mini-farm. We sat on the front porch.
June: We harvested our first crops from the back yard. We ate our first crops from the back yard. We sold my VW and bought a Subaru. We hiked Sugarloaf. We enjoyed the sunshine warm on our faces. We loved.
July: Tim turned 26. I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. I had to stop breastfeeding. I wasn’t ready and I cried. I took the meds and felt better. Maisy didn’t even notice that she was drinking formula. We returned to the Lake House for the 4th of July. Maisy saw her first fireworks from the comfort of the Ergo. She took multiple dips in the water. Dogs nearly outnumbered people that weekend. Our family hit a significant bump in the road at the end of the month. But we pulled together and found so much strength in each other. We pressed on.
August: Maisy, along with myself, Shannon and Katie, took her first roadtrip to our Cousin Laurie’s House on Long Lake in Honesdale, PA. (Our family REALLY loves lakes.) It was too cold to swim, but we sat in the sunshine, took 5 mile walks through the countryside, and began happy hour promptly at 5pm…if not before. My sister Shannon returned to school in Wilmington, NC. I missed her.
September: We continued to harvest the goodness from our Garden. Maisy started on solids, many of which came from the Garden. Hurricane Irene came and left our yard rather soggy, but with no other serious damage. As the weather cooled, we spent more time outside. Maisy and I started spending our Wednesdays with several other local Moms and Babies. We made new friends. Dear friends.
October: We returned to the Lake House (yet again) for an awesome Ladies Weekend. Maisy was surrounded by such a loving group of women. Everyone marveled at her mellowness and her big blue eyes. She turned 6 months old while we were there. George and Debie came to visit our little house in the country. We continued to harvest peppers, eggplant, and chard from the Garden. At the end of the month, we had our first snow. What a sight to see snow clinging to branches that still had red and orange leaves. Shannon and Emily came to visit that weekend and we drove around Dickerson to check out the sights.
November: We hosted our very first Thanksgiving. We got the turkey from a local farm and it turned out delicious. In the company of our loved ones, we counted our blessings and enjoyed the start of the Holiday Season. Maisy spent Sundays watching football with her Daddy. Sometimes Saturdays too.
December: Maisy’s very first Christmas. We got a small live tree and strung it with lights and paper garlands and shiny ornaments. We’ll plant it in the spring and watch it grow. We will always remember it as our first Christmas tree as a family. Its been almost exactly one year since we bought this warm little house in the country. It feels more and more like Home everyday.
I took this photo earlier, on this first day of 2012. I’m taking it as a sign that there are big and exciting things to come! Happy New Year everybody.