|Our 2014 holiday card - Minted, of course.|
The truth is, I'm now a Mom. SURPRISE! (Ha) It consists of everything one imagines motherhood to be. We have good days and we have bad days. Sometimes I feel like we've got a handle on this whole thing and the next we're flailing a bit. But generally, we're doing ok. Jasper is still alive, growing, learning, keeping us on our toes. This week, he turns 10 weeks old.
This week he'll also board his first and second flights. He'll land in Canada for the first time and he'll meet a bunch of people that have been impatiently awaiting his arrival. As we organized travel a couple of weeks ago, it struck me that Jasper has never been held by anyone other than his parents and healthcare professionals. The poor kid has no idea what awaits him.
It's been nice having this time alone as a family of three. I think a lot of people assume that being away from our family and friends is a bad thing but honestly, for these early weeks as we adjusted, I've been thankful for the space. Sure, there are times where extra sets of hands would have made all the difference and I would have loved our close ones to meet Jasper when he was teeny tiny but it gave us the time to get comfortable in our roles without interference. But we're ready. We're more than ready.
I can't wait to watch the grandparents and aunties and uncles see Jasper's big, contagious smile. I also can't wait for someone else to feed me and my arms are excited for a break. There's some trepidation for the flight - 16 hours of travel with a temperamental newborn - and a bit of anxiety as to how Jasper will take to all the ensuing excitement. There will most certainly be overwhelming moments for him but I hope he feels the love.
While we're off for a white Christmas in Canada, I wish you the happiest of holidays whether you're at home or abroad. (And apologies if you happen to be on one of our flights - Jasper is bound to be a traveler and I'm sure he'll get the hang of it soon enough.)