The familial invasion has officially ended with the departing of my mom ten minutes ago. Le sniff, I am once again the sole caregiver to my children. I'm enjoying my last 30 or so minutes of silence with a hot coffee, a crisp bagel and some blogging.
Shit, I don't even know where to begin at this point. I'll summarize by saying the holidays were fabulous, we didn't stop eating for two weeks. The boys were showered with gifts and in the usual turn of events I think DB likes GB's toys better and vice versa. But best of all we had a lot of time with family.
For NYE we stayed in and had friends over. We lit the fire pit, enjoyed the balmy 45 degree evening air and talked well into 2005. It's the only way to celebrate these days, because really, what's the point of being out and about on amateur night.
Which brings me to HOLY SHIT IT'S 2005! I'm going to have to start the usual writing and rewriting of dates anytime I fill out a form or write out a check. Hopefully by February I'll have it down.
So, what did I learn in 2004? Oh, some very important (and not so important) things.
1. No matter how excited you are about remodeling some part of your house and how great the end product may be, having to deal with contractors and the ensuing wreckage sucks donkey balls, especially when pregnant and a wee bit irritable.
2. Just because it would have been really really cool to have your second child be born 04/04/04 since your first was born 02/02/02 doesn't mean the bugger is going to cooperate.
3. And in the same light, a subsequent pregnancy being utterly different from the first means nothing in terms of gender of child.
4. I love birthing. Yes, I know, but I do. Having GB cemented that in my mind, I think the whole process is an amazing miraculous empowering event and I can't wait to do it again. But, I also discovered that evil pitocin is NOT what makes contractors totally unbearably painful, and thus the epidural is one of my favorite medical inventions.
5. Being a stay at home mom is the hardest job I've ever had, and I'm incredibly fortunate to be able to do it.
6. I absolutely suck at being frugal.
7. Image be damned, minivans are a godsend to parents of multiple children. So if you see a 30-something woman rocking to Black Eyed Peas in a white Freestar, that might be me. Try not to laugh too hard.
8. I might not be the next literary award winner, but I do enjoy writing again, even if it's about mundane daily life. I realized after starting the blog and taking the photo class just how much I needed a creative outlet.
9. Sleep is integral to my happiness quotient--are you listening GB??
10. Time flies, kids grow, and I age way too fast.