I didn’t fall off the face of the planet, I swear. I’ve been meaning to check in on the blog for weeks now but somehow the time keeps getting away. Or maybe that’s what life is like now?
The past few weeks have flown by as visitors, family, and grandparents have come and gone. In between, baby Ara and I are getting to know each other better. We are discovering a daily routine (eat, play, sleep, repeat with a stroller walk/moms session/office visit/ some kind of outing in the middle). It was slowgoing in the beginning but I’m growing more confident in taking her out, especially after we survived our first diaper blowout change in the car backseat and public nursing session. Sidenote, they should give out medals or at least free glasses of wine when these mommy milestone are achieved….
Our first Mother’s Day was wonderful and low-key. We spent the day together as a family, took a walk on Alki Beach near our house, and Nick and Ara made me a beautiful journal that will become filled over time. In this year’s entry, there’s a photo of me holding newborn Ara and her handprints at 6 weeks old. I love it.
Ara is 9 weeks this week and has been cooing and smiling for a few weeks now. It warms my heart every time. It’s fun to interact with her at this stage now since she’s so alert and aware of her surroundings. Her personality is coming through. So far we know she’s pretty easygoing and a generally happy kid. I often catch her just taking in the world around her with these BIG eyes. I made her laugh for the first time a couple days ago while doing something incredibly mundane- squats of all things. Her face broke out into a smile while I was breathlessly counting off each squat and she started laughing in her bouncer as she watched me go up and down. It must have looked pretty funny. Forget the last ten pounds I need to lose, making her laugh again was even better motivation for me to continue, but MAN, I realized how out of shape I was after a few minutes.
Life as we know it is changing rapidly. Nick graduates at the end of the month and is busy studying for his boards in July which is 10 days after graduation. (WHAT SICKO SET THAT DATE?) We are also trying to pack our townhouse to list and hopefully sell in a few weeks. In the midst of everything, we leave for Salt Lake City early June to try and find a rental for a year. This short trip will also be Ara’s first travel experience. And her baptism is the same weekend as graduation. I know what you’re thinking: it’s going to be a totally boring month for the Wegners.
Packing with a baby is basically a lesson in patience and efficiency (translation: a futile exercise). Ara is a sweetheart but she’s also the liveliest kid. We are in trouble. She now wants to be held or entertained all the time, so I’m racing around the house when she’s napping to try and get things done. She has become more sensitive to noise and light in her naps and now I almost miss the newborn stage when she was able to sleep through anything. Almost. That newborn stage was a hot mess for everyone involved.
Even now, she’s down for her first morning nap and I’m sitting at my kitchen table silently cursing out my neighbors who are working in their yard with a backhoe. Yardwork on a beautiful sunny weekend morning, what were they thinking..
Sure enough, she’s up again….now’s a good time to sign off. Hope to be back soon with hopefully some good updates about graduation, moving, and a home sale!
Here are a few photos from the past couple months. Sorry if these are redundant for my Instagram followers, but these favorites are on there for a reason!