Anyway, I think it's time for another coffee date! Let me tell you...
Last weekend will not be making the highlight reel of stellar parenting moments. Just as Swede was recovering from a weeklong cold and cough, she picked up a nasty virus complete with a high fever and SERIOUS crankiness. We did not make it to the preschool dance party on Saturday or to church on Sunday. Instead... There was: Lots of crying. Lots of waking up at all hours of the night. Lots of "yummy cherry candy syrup," which Swede has finally, thankfully, started to take willingly. Lots of cuddles. LOTS of Peppa Pig. We are now in Peppa Pig withdrawal as she doesn't appreciate that we're back to the 30-minutes-a-day rule. Thankfully, she recovered from the fever quickly and didn't pass it along to the rest of the family.
Before Abel was born, even while I was pregnant, I wanted another girl. I was a little jealous when I heard about friends who were expecting a second baby girl. But now that Abel is here... I can't even remember what it felt like to feel that way. How could I have not understood that a little boy [THIS little boy] was the perfect addition to our family? Also, before Abel was born, I thought that I might want three kids. Not that we were planning on three kids. But I thought that I might be sad to know that Abel was my last baby. But now that he's here... I feel like our family is complete. Maybe I'll feel differently once he's a rambunctious toddler instead of a cuddly newborn! But for now, I feel complete.
I've been reading My Year of Running Dangerously by Tom Foreman, and if you'd like to read something that motivates you to run a marathon [or an ultra marathon]... This is the book! I thought I had crossed the marathon off my bucket list back in 2007, but here I am contemplating one for 2017. I also like this book because it begins with a dad and daughter running a marathon together, and my dad has been one of my running buddies for many years. We ran my first half marathon together in 2003! [Side note: It took me a solid decade to match my time from that race.] And in 2011 we were teammates in the Trans-Rockies Run - A six-day 120-mile trail race, which I attest to this day was a more difficult feat than childbirth. [I did have an epidural with Swede, but still.]