- Avery started this year’s swim lessons last night and ROCKED IT. Although she has been in swim classes since she was 4 months old, we only take classes in the winter, so it had been a long time since she’d been in a pool. This cautious kid of mine was grinning from ear to ear from the minute she stepped into the water and for the rest of the evening. She jumped into the water from standing, she dunked her head, and she did everything the instructor asked. My wife still has to get in the pool with her at this age, but it’s such a great bonding exercise for them. I went to tonight’s class because it was the first one and I was excited, but from now on it’ll just be their thing.
- The second study I need to do for my dissertation (the one that delayed our next baby making adventures by a semester) is moving along, but slowly. My advisor and I are rushing to get everything in place for it, but research moves slowly no matter how hard one works. I’m trying to just appreciate the extra one-on-one time I get with Avery before my research is done and we can have a second child. That’s a lot easier for me to say one week post-ovulation, though. When I’m ovulating I feel extreme frustration and sadness that we can’t get started TTC yet.
- 2019 is the year we make major life changes toward sustainability. We’ve been slowly trying to make better environmental choices over the years, but at the end of the day we still had a garbage bin full of plastic. This year we’ve switched to bamboo/nylon toothbrushes (for Avery, too), bar soaps and shampoos (sold either with no wrapping or paper wrapping), and cloth produce bags for things like beans and brussel sprouts and dry goods from the bulk store, like pasta. There are some other changes we’ve made as well, but the big thing is to become aware of every piece of plastic coming into our lives and considering how necessary it is and finding a sustainable alternative if possible. I need to get back on the bread-making band wagon because store-bought bread is a source of plastic we can eliminate from our lives, and I’m on the hunt for local meat (not in styrofoam and plastic) that doesn’t cost a fortune. The meat is a challenge…
- Finally, we’ve been having a lot of discussion about the importance of genetics; rather, how society seems to place a lot of importance on the genetics of a child. It has been hard for my wife, and I have A LOT to write about it. I just need to find the right words so I’m not writing about her very personal experience. That’ll be coming up on the blog.