Winter not so wonderland

Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not handle cold weather well.  I was after all brought up in Arizona where winter weather consists of 60 degrees (and yes I was one of those people who wore a coat to keep warm)!  Other than the occasional weekend trip up north or a random ski weekend, I was never a person that had any desire to live anywhere cold.  Frankly, I truly enjoyed the fact that snow was a novelty for me.  I never felt like I was cheated out of anything by not growing up with snow.  It was completely normal that Christmases were NOT white, and that it was perfectly acceptable to go out in a light sweater for New Year's Eve.

With all of this being said, how is it that I am now living in a place where it has snowed the last two winters in a row?  Last year was very cold and I had to cave in and purchase what I like to call my first "winter" coat.  I never knew that my entire life I was living in a "fall coat".  I mean really, if there is a need to make that sort of distinction between coats, it is too freakin' cold!  While it was very cold last year, this year has been downright miserable!  There is nothing wonderful about a week long snow storm.  What is really nice is when the sun comes out just long enough to melt some of the snow and quickly turning it into ice.  It makes it so enjoyable to go out in a snow storm worrying about breaking your ass on a piece of ice!  I will try not be so negative, it was very pretty to enjoy from the comfort of my home, but I cannot be expected to live IN my home for an entire week without going to the outside world.

What is really enjoyable is that the city, or the country for that matter, was completely not prepared for such weather conditions, so there was very little plowing that was done, and forget about salt anywhere to prevent the ice.  While in most places this wouldn't be so bad, the fact that we live in a city plagued by hills, it makes even a simple trip to the grocery store seem like a game of russian roulette.

I guess what I really do not understand is all of this talk about "global warming".  I would like someone to please explain to me how global warming leads to all of us freezing our tails off and over 12 inches of snow?

I suppose I am just meant to live in a warm climate, preferably somewhere near a beach or at least outdoor swimming pools where I can sit outside enjoying the fresh air at least 8 months a year, but for now this is just wishful thinking.

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2 months old

I have to admit that I have been a complete and total slacker when it comes to my blog this year.  With the holidays, the baby, and the family visits I have had very little time to update.  I had very high hopes of posting all about Nathan's first Christmas, his first New Year, etc. etc., but it didn't happen.  I will have to resort to doing the quickie version in this post.

Nathan celebrated his first Christmas this month and we had a very fun trip to visit Santa.  I use the word "fun" loosely, since Nathan could not be bothered to wake up from his nap in order to meet the man, however the trip was fun for us to take his first picture with Santa.

He was also able to spend his very first Chrismtas morning with his Nana.  He really had no idea what was going on, but it was so special for us to share that special moment, and to have that wonderful memory.  

Then came New Year's Eve.  Luckily Nathan stayed awake just long enough to welcome 2010 before falling asleep.  

And now on to some fun facts for the month. We took Nathan to the doctor on January 5th for his two month visit.  This month he had to get two of his shots.  It was definitely more painful for me than it was for him, but it was so heartbreaking to hear him cry.  I can't believe that I have to do this two more months in a row.  I just have to keep reminding myself that it is all for his own good, and that it is much better for him (I sound like a mom already, don't I?).

Age - Well, officially today he is 2 months and 1 month 4 days, but all of the following measurements were taken just 2 days shy of 2 months.
Weight - 4.4 KG's, or 9 lbs 7 oz ( a 2.4 pound weight gain in one month)
Height - 55 cm or 21.65 inches (a 1.6 inch gain)
Eating - Well the days of supplementing with formula are over, and now we are supplementing with breast milk.  Since he is now eating over 150 ml per feeding about five ounces, I don't produce enough to feed him, so now we give him formula and supplement with the breast milk that I am able to express.  I still feed him in the morning and in the evenings directly, but during the day it is much easier to pump and to feed him.  This avoids both of us being cranky until he gets enough to  eat.
Sleeping - We had a complete relapse this month.  While at the beginning of the month we were doing great going for four hour stretches at a time, we are now back to one four hour stretch and 2 two-hour stretches.  There were nights this month when he didn't sleep at all during the night, but rather he thought it was playtime and was wide awake and ready to play.  I am trying to revert his schedule again, and I seriously have no idea when the day will come that he will sleep through the night.  I would actually not mind if it is not through the night but if he were to give me at least a five hour stretch.  Luckily Cornel is wonderful and takes over the night shift on the weekends to relieve some of the pressure off me.

Milestones- This month we have had quite a few milestones, including laughing out loud, lifting his head up 45 degrees when on his tummy and the rolling over on one side.  He still hasn't figured out how to roll over completely and begins wailing his head off to get turned over.  Once he is on his back he rolls over again, and the process begins all over again.  He has also found his reflection in a mirror and is able to follow objects that move.  This is wonderful because I can now put on the mobile in his room and keep him entertained, if even for 10 minutes.

I have been trying to work a lot with Nathan during the moments he is awake.  Since he was a bit premature, I want to make sure that he catches up his development.  We spend a lot of time practicing to roll over, spending tummy time to get his neck stronger, and the following of objects.  I am hoping that by the end of the next month he is able to grab onto to things.

He has also started talking in his little boy voice.  It is so adorable to hear all of the cooing noises that he makes.  I had to put away all of his newborn clothes.  Even though it has only been two months, I feel like he is growing up too fast.  He is no longer the cute little baby, but he is starting to turn into a cute little boy.  

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Happy New Year 2010

Here it is, January 2010.  This time of year always makes me a little sad, a little nostalgic and a little fearful. I always think back to the hopes I had for the previous year and think about all the things I accomplished and all the things I wish I would have accomplished.  Now beginning to look onto 2010 there are so many things that I am looking forward to, and so many things that I wish I could do.

At this time last year I could have never imagined the things that 2009 had in store for me.  The year was filled with many surprises and so many firsts.  In 2009, even though we had been together for 2 years, Cornel and I spent our first Valentines Day together.  We took an amazing trip to Val de la Loire to visit all of the beautiful castles.

And then in April the most amazing thing happened, we found out we were expecting a baby!  I was utterly and completely shocked!  Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that we would be having a baby.  This changed our lives forever from the very beginning.  It started what seemed the endless process of worrying and a radical change in lifestyle.

June of 2009 was also the celebration of our first wedding anniversary.  I couldn't believe how fast the time had gone.  It was so wonderful to be able to celebrate such a great event.  We had a very nostalgic dinner at the Hotel Radio, the site of our first kiss back in 2006.  It is amazing what 3 years can do!  We also celebrated our anniversary by taking a magical trip to Rome.

The summer of 2009 also meant a trip back home to the states for me.  I never realized how much I missed my friends, my family.  We started by taking a trip to Atlanta to visit my two bestest friends Nate and Brent and then we flew out to Arizona to see my family, most of whom I hadn't seen since I left in April of 2008.  I was able to have an amazing baby shower with my family and celebrate the soon-to-be arrival of our son.

The summer, however, passed too quickly as it usually does and I faced another birthday.  The big 29!  I  remember looking at 29 year olds when I was younger and thinking how "old" they looked, and now at 29, I still feel so young and immature!  I couldn't believe that I was married expecting a child at 29.  It made me very sad, however, to think of all the things that I have yet to accomplish.  I was always set to get my MBA, which I have yet to do.  I am also only one part away from finishing my CIA certification.  All things that I thought I would have accomplished by this stage in my life.  I guess it is just something more to add to the list for this year.

The beginning of fall was marked by the closing of our first home together.  By October we were all moved in and ready to begin the preparations for the birth of our son.  While we anticipated the winter for his arrival, he had other plans and came a month early in November 2009, just in time for the tax break I guess! Even though he was early, he was very welcome, and our life has yet to be the same.

November and December are still a blur, filled with many sleepless nights, many groggy days, many many dirty diapers and what seems like endless piles of laundry.  I was so fortunate to be able to have my mother here to help me get used to motherhood and to celebrate Nathan's first christmas.  I finally understand why everyone says that your life changes after you have children.  I can't wait until Nathan can finally understand and enjoy Christmas, and the joy we will have as parents making it special for him.  Hopefully, this year was the last Christmas that we will have to spend in Clermont.

And now, I look on to 2010 and I am scared and nervous for all the unexpected and anticipated events. This year will celebrate Nathan's first birthday, his baptism, his first trip.  I am hoping that I will be able to accomplish unfinished tasks, both professionally and personally.

So I wish all of you a happy New Year, and hope that is as wonderful to you as 2009 was to us!
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