I've been busy these days, but in a good way. I got a job! It's with NACCHO, the National Association of County & City Health Officials. I am a program associate for the public health preparedness division in the Medical Reserve Corps project team. An MRC is a group of local health professionals trained to respond to emergencies, whether natural or man-made. Among other duties, I manage the Capacity Building Awards program, which gives mini-grants to cities and counties to start or build up their MRCs. I will have direct contact with local health officials, and I will get to travel occasionally (including a trip to New Hampshire in two weeks). I am very excited about starting work on Friday!
Genevieve started day care full time this week, and this morning she showed signs of warming up to Vilma, the Peruvian care provider. Vilma is very loving toward Vivi and patient with her sometimes fussy behavior, which has paid off because Vivi seems to love her. Vilma cares for another baby 2 months older than Vivi, and they play well together. I am happy she has a friend already, and I'm particularly glad she'll be able to learn from the other children and Vilma. I was getting the feeling that while keeping her at home has been great for me, it may not be the best for her development in the long run. At day care, she will learn to socialize with her age group as well as speak Spanish. Vilma speaks only in Spanish to the kids (though she is mostly fluent in English). Once Genevieve is in preschool, we hope to put her in a Hispanic play group (such as Hola Baby in Arlington) so she will maintain fluency.
We are thrilled that Obama will be the next President. I hope our Republican friends and family will be optimistic about this presidency because I think it will help the country move forward if we stay positive. No matter which side of the aisle you're on, I think we can all agree his speech was moving. I have been in the clouds all morning, and Nate and I both feel a weight has been lifted from our shoulders. I hope I can somehow work with his administration, even if it means volunteering.
We had a quiet Halloween. Vivi is still too young for trick-or-treating, so I took her for a run in the jogging stroller to show off her costume. She was a cute little punkin. She is such a joy, and despite the challenges we faced during the last 6 months, I am confident I'd still like a big family. Nate is, well, less than confident, but I think that's just the worry wort in him. You should see how he beams when she smiles at him.