I just finished the second book for my book challenge. I read the French version (Les yeux jaunes des crocodiles, by Katherine Pancol).
It's a beautiful story, with vibrant personalities interconnected to each other through life events (separation, family, friends, finding oneself, birth and death). There is no plot but more a gradual reveal of each character's personality and life.
The story unfolds over the course of three years. That explains why the book is so long: 649 pages. I think it might be the most voluminous book I've ever read. And although at the end of it, I was glad I read it and happy with the story (it's a feel-good book), I did find it a bit too detailed. I would've probably enjoyed watching the movie a lot more (something I might do very soon).
Sean went back to work last week after a nine-month parental leave.
I'm not going to lie, it wasn't easy. I have a feeling it was harder on him though, judging by the fact that on that first day back he couldn't look at Kaid without crying :( It broke my heart. To think that we weren't going to have (more) kids. And look at us now, totally in love with our little guy, totally absorbed in this beautiful life of parenting.
Having Sean go back to work made me realize even more how grateful I am to be able to work from home and spend time with our little boy. There is nothing I want more in the world. All that said, he is transitioning very well overall.
In an attempt to keep myself and the family organized, I've started to plan our meals on a weekly basis. So basically, on Sunday I plan and write down the meals for the week ahead. I also made a "master list" which contains all our favourite meals. I have over 50 recipes on there that I can pick from every week; we keep adding to it as we remember or find other favourites. And I stick all this on the fridge for the guys to see.
My newly launched translation business is going well. I have to say that working from home has its advantages and challenges (like any job, right?) I had to work out a schedule to work around Kaid's naps. So far so good. I put in between 2-3 hours work days. There were a few days last week though that I worked after Sean came home from work. I might have to do more of that (working evenings and weekends when Sean is here) with the 3 contracts I'm about to start. But that's fine if it means I get to take care of my baby all week!
Another very exciting thing is that I'm starting my 3rd book for the book challenge. Woohoo! That's more books than all of last year's reads (with the exception of school manuals, of course). Second book review to come this week...
And for February, I've started a yoga challenge! I tell ya, I haven't worked out in years, so this is definitely a challenge. But I like the philosophy behind yoga that you shouldn't push your body, but instead be patient as it progresses. If you're on Instagram, come check out my progress or join in, there's still time!
My big boy is growing up! Kaid turned 8 months on January 4 (yep I'm a bit late again...)
This past month my baby:
started to sit by himself.
recognized his name.
enjoys songs that we sing to him (Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes; Open Close Them)
I've also weaned him a bit. I breastfeed mostly only evenings/mornings and at night when needed. Weaning him was a hard decision; I wasn't sure I was ready at first but so far so good.
Kaid loves to eat all types of food that I make. Actually, Kaid LOVES all food. He enjoys whatever I give him. Still no teeth though, so we keep the pieces soft and small. He picks them up with in tiny little fingers... is there anything cuter than little hands picking up food!?
My baby's daily routine now (yes, we finally have a routine thank goodness!) is:
waking up around 7-8 am
play in bedroom while house heats up
change diaper and get dressed
go downstairs and play some more in play room
eat breakfast (which consists of rice cereal and fruits)
then play some more.
by 10 am I put on the Teletubbies and give him a bottle for down time.
by 10:30 am he's down for his first nap. His morning nap is a good one. He sleeps until 12 or 1 pm.
Then we repeat somewhat the same routine until his second nap at 3:30 pm. The afternoon nap is always a bit more of a struggle and he doesn't sleep as long.
Bed time is around 7:30 pm. He wakes up often at night... some nights are better than others. We think he's teething, but then again, we've thought this for the past 5 months. When are those darn teeth going to come out? Supposedly I was walking before I had teeth. I was 13 months when I got my first tooth. Let's see if this happens to Kaid too. Nonetheless, he still sleeps waaaay better than 6 months ago, so we are grateful for that!
And if you didn't know yet, I love being a mom to a teenager and a baby. Who would've thought. There is a higher power who knows what is best for me and has graciously blessed me with this gift. So here are a few photos of some of the people who make me so happy. If you're wondering who's the handsome guy in the last photo, that's my son Alex -16 yrs old with Kaid at Christmas. #proudmama
Since I'm participating in a book challenge this year but don't want to clutter up my home with a pile of new books (since I'm working so hard at decluttering our home), I decided to install my local library's app on my phone and made a list of the books I want to read. The first to arrive was Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife.
As someone who considers herself on a spiritual journey, rather than on a physical journey, I wholeheartedly enjoyed this book by Dr. Eben Alexander. I could so relate to him when he explains throughout the book that although our senses are a wonderful blessing, we are limited by them. We are also limited by words/language. (Yes, I hear ya Dr. Alexander, but you still did a great job at describing your experience.)
There were so many parts that made me put down the book for a few minutes to absorb the beauty of its messages. I'm a big fan of science (yay science!) and technology, and I also believe in evolution. But I "grasped" many years ago (I'm limited by words here) that consciousness goes beyond the brain. And in his book, Dr. Alexander attempts to explain just that; that yes, the brain makes us conscious here in the physical realm, but once the brain stops working, it also stops limiting us. Our consciousness is much bigger than what we can "see" at the moment.
Anyway, I've never been drawn to try to convince people that there is life after (physical) death. I have other things to do, and, with all due respect, I don't care. But I do find it exciting and comforting to read stuff like this and realize I'm not alone in my beliefs. There are others out there who "see" this bigger consciousness too.
Thank you, Dr. Alexander, for sharing your experience. It was a great way to start the new year and my book challenge.