In case anyone out there is still reading…
Our son — we’ll call him 1/2t for now – was born February 7th, 2013. He was a very difficult baby, not sleeping more than 30-90 minutes at a stretch until about 6 months of age, but has grown into a happy, easy-going, sweet toddler. He was a late walker and a bit of a late talker, but has taken off in recent months. His current obsession is with birds. We have a book of 250 North American birds and their songs, and he can identify probably 1/3 of them by picture or by call. He puts me and Tablespoon to shame, and rarely makes a mistake. As far as toddler fixations go, I’ll take this any day over more common ones like construction equipment or dinosaurs.
I finished my master’s degree at UW last spring, and last August we made the terrible decision to leave beautiful Seattle for southeast Idaho, so my husband could take a job at the Idaho National Laboratory. We found out shortly after arriving here that I was pregnant again, and our second son, 1/4t, is due in early-mid May. I’m doing the stay-at-home-mom thing at the moment, partly by choice and partly because there are no jobs in my field here. The one good thing about this town is its outrageously low cost of living, so living on one salary is not difficult. That said, we are trying to get out. Tablespoon is applying for faculty jobs as they come up, but of course that’s not very often. He’s waiting to hear back now about a position at the University of Montana in Missoula, which would be lovely, and has started working on an application for a position at North Carolina State University, which would be less lovely but probably better than here.
Life goes on. I’ve always been a bit of a malcontent, looking ever to the future, and I am guilty of that still with my complaints about where we are currently living. But overall, life has been and continues to be very good to me. We are all in good health, Tablespoon and I continue to have a strong and loving marriage despite the complication of children, and we have a wonderful child. We have a handful of dear friends who, although we are geographically far from them, will always be a part of our lives. We still have Winston, the world’s best dog, although we gave away our devil-cats during our son’s first year of life. I miss Seattle, and would rather be somewhere other than here, but I am trying harder to be grateful for the many wonderful things that I do have.