I realize that I left this blog in a bit of a sad state the last time I posted, which was well over a year ago. Much has happened during those months though. So much, that the desire to write about it all took a backseat to wanting to take it all in. And somehow, I was good enough to myself to do just that.
So here is a bit of an update on what has been a truly incredible year…
A few months after I last posted, I landed what is essentially my dream job. I didn’t have to go look for it, and in fact, I didn’t know such a job even existed until the job posting landed in my inbox thanks to my brother who saw it and thought of me. And before I knew it, I found myself in my new role: a college recruiter! For the past year, I have been spending my time chatting with high-school kids, helping them figure out what to do next, and, most importantly in my opinion, not to be scared. I think teens are super fun to be around, and I love that although this is a marketing job, I do not feel slimy in the slightest bit talking to them about the college I work for and it makes me so happy that sharing my past experiences and insights on that period in my life might just help a few of them feel a bit more at ease.
Not only do I absolutely love the job itself, but I love the people I work with too. When I’m not in a high school, I’m on campus with a super fun bunch of people who are as quick to help me out as they are to laugh, which is pretty damn quick in either case!
I don’t know how all of this managed to fall into place, but one thing I do know is that after trying my hand a few different jobs that weren’t a good fit for me, knowing what I didn’t want or enjoy made it a whole lot easier to identify and appreciate something that I really, really love.
But as of a week ago, I’m not working anymore. I’m a bit sad to leave this job for a little while, but I’m excited, thrilled, nervous, ( I could throw in a hundred more adjectives but I’ll spare you) about what lies ahead. These days, I am on maternity leave, waiting, sometimes patiently, sometimes not, for our very first child to be born.
|One of my favorite family photos…|
I’ve been intent on savouring every step of this process, and along the way, I’ve thought on more than one occasion that I should take the time to write a few of my though and feelings about this experience. But then that would have taken me away from the endless hours spent staring at my belly and watching it move, all the conversations with the Acadian where we wondered if this baby would be a Gemini or Taurus (which strangely, is the first thing we asked ourselves when we got the positive test result), speak with my accent or his, laugh at our jokes or think we’re lame, wait patiently to be born or burrow a whole straight through my belly-button, which I’m sometimes convinced she just might do! And of course, there’s my constant “No, no – you don’t get it – there’s a BABY in my BELLY. A REAL baby. In THERE. And it pees inside of me!” (and lately, these statements are often followed by “And it’s coming out of THERE!” at which time I gesture to, you know, there). The Acadian understands all of these things, and has patiently smiled and agreed with me each time I’ve said them (one of the many little reasons I love him so much), but there’s not a day that goes by where I’m not completely in awe with this whole process. And the fact that the baby keeps drinking that amniotic fluid she peed in, over and over again.
Another thing that I have really enjoyed during my pregnancy are the great conversations that I’ve had with people. Ok, I have had some not-so-great conversations too, (Dear nosy stranger who told me tried to scare me shitless about home births and buying things off Craigslist until I almost cried: That wasn’t cool.) but most of them were a lot of fun. But I have to say that my favourite conversations were with my Mom. Being a little (ridiculously) too excited to keep the news from my family, I told them right away, and my Mom has been an awesome source of encouragement every step of the way. Not only have I had the chance to hear so many stories about her pregnancy and first months and years as a new mom when I was born and to understand them from a whole new perspective, but I learned that we have even more in common than I had ever realized. It was especially nice to know that she understood my hopes, wishes and dreams and that she supports me in all of my ideas, even when some seem to think they’re a little crazy. And I also love how we both find it hard to resist tiny little baby shoes. This baby has more shoes than I do!
|No, it’s not a tattoo – it’s henna!|
It’s definitely been an exciting and unforgettable year, and I’m always amazed at how things can feel like they are standing still for so long and then all of sudden change so quickly. So please forgive me for staying away for so long; I just couldn’t bear to miss even a second of this.This post may contain affiliate links.
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