ten thoughts on a wednesday |33|
it still feels like winter in london - so much rain under grey chilly skies this week! but! magnolia trees and other blossoms are bursting all over our neighborhood, and spring is fighting to break through!
we are finally at a place where i feel like our flat is actually fully furnished and moved into! this past friday we got a tall lamp for our main room and that was the last thing on the pre-baby-flat-set-up list! over the past couple of weeks we have hung some darling animal heads on the wall in the nursery, filled frames with pictures, aaaaand pulled out all the baby stuff from storage. our home feels so cozy and ready now, and that makes my heart sing! i’ve really exercised my decision-making skills throughout the process of moving into a new (bigger) space. i’ve learned that I am waaaaay better off if i choose relatively quickly and then choose to love my choice full-heartedly (rather than do my default, which is to totally obsess over expensive or significant decisions).
i love being a city dweller. i love the urban lifestyle. it is really challenging in some ways, but it is also so exciting and fun for me in so many ways.
i think there is only one thing i don’t love about london — how many smokers there are! i seriously think that smoking anywhere remotely public (regardless of if its indoor or outdoor) should be illegal. especially when I am with my two babies - one in a buggy and one in my belly - and I get a huge puff of smoke in my face … ugh it drives me bonkers. why is it okay for strangers to spew really harmful chemicals towards me and my children?!
okay, rant over :)
it always makes me happy when i happen to make eye contact with another parent-of-small-children while out and about in the city — because there are always knowing smiles exchanged. i love seeing kids in prams and little tiny babies in baby carriers and mums trying to talk toddlers out of tantrums and dads holding little chubby hands. we are all in this wild adventure of parenthood together - our shared experience of something so challenging and so wonderful instantly connects us as human beings, and i think that’s really beautiful.
yesterday, moses went to his first football class! when i told ian i had signed little mo up for a few sessions of soccer, ian was so excited, haha. it’s just an awesome little rite of passage and it feels like we are starting down a road of lots of fun with sports and other activities with kids. mo’s first class was pretty crazy because the fields were so incredibly muddy after a very rainy week. homeboy was so distracted by the puddles and the squishy mud and i was legitimately afraid i would slip and fall on my pregnant butt as i chased after him trying to help him do the drills - haha! we are hoping for drier conditions next week :) … it was a memorable and fun morning.
this past weekend was the semi-annual general conference for the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints. many of the messages shared were incredibly inspiring to me, and very empowering as i’ve been seeking to renew/up my spirituality lately. i am really grateful for my faith and the way it guides my life and brings me peace.
moses got the second professional haircut of his life the other day. we are really cheap and i usually just snip away at his hair while he’s in the bathtub (whenever it becomes obvious he needs a trim). my last attempt at this was particularly bad, though…so we decided to take him in to a professional and get it cleaned up a bit :) i was shocked by how amazingly well he did sitting still during the haircut. he was totally zenned out just enjoying the fish in the tank and the sensations of the comb and clippers. the girl cutting his hair said, “it’s like he’s considering it a spa treatment!” he seriously loved it, and especially the chocolate coin he was offered when it was done.
i randomly came across this picture of myself from almost a decade ago, and it made me smile. after my mission, i moved to san francisco on pretty much a whim and fell so hard and fast in love with that place (as evoked in this photo!). that turned out to be a pretty stellar decision. you know what they say about san francisco … yep, my heart’s there. forever!
is is weird to have a baby shower for a second baby? i’ve been trying to find this out since my sweet friend loira offered to host a celebration for me and baby boy with some friends. apparently some call a second baby shower a “baby sprinkle,” which i think is so funny. we decided to just call it a “girls’ night” and casually gather as friends for fun. i was so touched that loira offered to organize this for me and it was a really wonderful evening full of chatter and laughs … and cute baby clothes even though i told everyone not to bring gifts.
happy wednesday! life is beautiful!