I haven’t posted to The Rainy Day Baker in five months but as much as I miss sitting down to write about the satisfying sweets and other dishes we’re trying at home, I can’t say I regret spending my non-working hours instead with our now four month old daughter, Lennon.
Lennon was born in October and got to enjoy a few warmish fall weeks before this heavy winter dropped in. We’ve spent the really cold days happily holed up in the house, playing on the activity mat, leisurely mastering rolling over, and of course, baking whatever cookie or dessert mom had a hankering for. (Honest to God, I had no idea how hungry nursing would make me and all I want are sweet things! I didn’t have cravings during my pregnancy but I really do now!)
When we have been able to venture out of the house we’ve attended some of Dad’s basketball games, enjoyed eating out, visited friends and family both in the area and up in New York, and taken more than a few shopping excursions (mostly for baby items).
I’ve written this post a number of ways, trying each time to include a paragraph about what motherhood has felt like, taught me, or meant to me, so far, but I simply cannot do the feeling or the experience justice with my own words. It is all things good and joyful and innocent and challenging and worrisome and wonderful and more. It is both everything I expected it to be, and nothing that I could have anticipated.
In so many ways becoming a mother has brought me closer to my own parents. There’s a whole new level of understanding there; 30 years worth of Oh-I-get-it-nows. It’s also provided me with a number of positive encounters with strangers in places like restaurants and grocery store checkout lines; babies make really good conversation starters
Needless to say, I can’t believe I have a four month old and, some days, still can’t believe we get to keep her…like, forever!
I’ve got some recipes lined up to share and will do so as soon as I can dedicate some time and attention to The Rainy Day Baker (hopefully by the end of the week!) – right now, I have to go return Lennon to her playmat from which she has successfully rolled away!