Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

We enjoyed a relaxed thanksgiving in the new house, just the 3 of us. A friend stopped by to say hello and took some pictures. Thanks to Aunt El for the beautiful dress! Genevieve got sweet potatoes and apple sauce, but she's not quite ready for the rest of the meal. Still no teeth (or hair!), but she sure is anxious to start eating what she sees on our plate. We went out for sushi a few days ago, and it was all I could do to distract her from the pretty plates. She is a great baby though, and everyone loves to pay attention to her and try to get her to smile. I am nearly constantly stopped by strangers while we're out. This week we all came down with a stomach bug, which is no laughing matter, but she has been a saint even when feeling under the weather. I knew germs were one of the hazards of day care, so we've learned our lesson about washing our hands more. I love my job so far, which makes it almost worth it to have to be apart from her all day. Nathan is enjoying his job too, and he's now in the middle of winter land training with his novice high school boys crew. It can be a real challenge to keep them interested in the sport when they haven't ever been on the water, but he is passionate about rowing, so I think they are probably more motivated than they might otherwise be. I'm happy for him that he's getting back into a hobby, so now I just need to find the time to do something I love. My office might allow me to telecommute a day or two after I've been there a while, which would allow me to have some time to work out or take a class.

Speaking of taking classes, Vivi and I are doing a swim class. It is full of other parents and babies, and we spend most of the time getting them adjusted to being in the water and getting their faces wet. I plan to keep going with the classes until she can swim on her own.

Every day she does something new, which I call her "new trick." Usually I get really excited, and then she won't do it again for several weeks. I'm going to attempt to load a video of her learning to talk.


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Life is good

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.


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