Things that I find it ridiculously hard say no to even when I probably should. A list:
- another cup of coffee
- peanut butter, almond butter, sun butter
- corn chips and guacamole
- tiny things (tiny donuts, tiny chocolates, tiny pastries)
- sweet potato fries
- Cheap good avocados, reliably
- The way that people say ‘que hermosa!’ and ‘mira! que bonita‘ all the time when they see Mika
- How the people from the local store always scoop Mika up the second we walk in and play with her til we leave
- How around 5pm when the sun is low, kids play around the streets
- Sunday lunches with Ivan’s mum and brother’s family
- The great typography and bright colors on buildings and taco stands
- The way that the taco stands all start setting up on their corners just before dark, in anticipation for the families and people who will soon head out to eat
- Fresh corn tortillas a 30 second walk away from our house
- Fresh flour tortillas a 2 minute walk away from our house
- The awesome cinema (with new lazyboy reclining chairs and to-your-seat service) that reliably fucks up every movie at some point so we can keep going back for free
- Being able to leave Mika with her grandma and just pop out to see a movie
- Fresh coconut water from the coconut.
- Evening walks where the warm breeze makes it super comfortable being in short shorts and jandals
- Being able to take Mika to see her little cousins whenever we like
- Hanging out with Ivan all day, everyday, whenever we feel like it
- And for some reason the lack of variety here, making beans and vegetables the most desirable meal option for multiple days in a row will surely have some kind of nostalgic appeal to it one day
- Ivan learning to juggle. It’s hilarious and wonderful and brings so much delight.
- Making applesauce for our breakfast.
- Making vege broth for our dinner.
- Soaking nuts for tomorrow’s breakfast.
- Delicious homemade chai with our oats.
- Walking, long and slow. In near unbearable heat.
- Brainstorming while baby sleeps.
- Afternoon play in our new paddling pool. Mostly the smell of the water and rubber pool lining in the hot sun, and seeing Mika’s crazy happy grin when we placed her in the pool for the first time.
- An incredible curried roast cauliflower soup for dinner.
- Clean laundry and a healthy family.
- Being able to spend the entire day with my family.
5 things that made me smile today. Plus a song I like.
- an egg on toast after a weekend of not eating
- shorts & singlets & sunglasses
- baby passport photos
- shoulder rides
- black coffee in the sun with 2 lovely girls
You would think I’d be over it by now.
You would think that by the 77th day of having my boob sucked whilst I focus intently on my daughter’s teeny tiny features and actions – the way her free arm waves about until her hand finds my boob and then she pushes on it as if summoning more milk; the way her eyes stare into mine or dart around the room or sometimes roll back into her head when she starts to drift off into sleep; the way she gulps with her entire body and wheezes to catch her breath; the way she fits perfectly across my body, resting in my arms – you would think that after 77 days of watching this, that I would no longer be amazed by it all.
You would think that – and you would be wrong.
Tonight I made this salad for dinner with some chicken breasts stuffed with sundried tomato & mozzarella cheese. Irrelevant? Perhaps.
But as I was cooking, I was thinking about how every little single thing that I have consumed in the past year has gone into creating this:
Exaggeration? I have no idea. But so far she is growing, thriving and getting chubby from my boob-milk alone. You gotta admit that’s pretty darn neat-o. One entire year (today!) has gone into making this beautiful little girl.
It’s been a year well spent. We:
- made a baby in San Francisco
- celebrated my birthday in Portland, Oregon
- moved into a new apartment in downtown Vancouver
- took Ivan for his first ever kayak trip!
- saw the Kings of Leon play at The Gorge in Washington
- saw Angus & Julia Stone play in Vancouver, Canada
- trained ivan for his first ever triathlon!
- spent 2 weeks in mexico in Ivan’s hometown
- moved to new zealand
- spent a week camping around the north island of NZ
- visited Waiheke Island
- gave birth to the most beautiful little girl
On our list of things still to do before we leave NZ in November:
- visit the snow in the central north island
- visit wellington as a family
- hike the pinnacles (just ivan and i)
- hike the tongariro crossing (just ivan and i)
- spend a week or 2 driving the south island as a family
Make sure to let me know if you think there’s something we must do before we leave!