Yes, it's all related to that pregnancy and baby crap again. Funny how that happens. I promise to bring more variety to the blog next year. But for now, one last round of fuzzy thoughts:
Adrian. I was a babysitter from the age of 11 until 28. I've changed a lot of diapers, played a lot of games and doled out a lot of affection for the little ones I helped raise. But nothing could prepare me for the fierce love I feel for my own son. It's been a life-changing experience, and each day I wake up happy because he's in my life. I can't wait to see what he'll do next.
My hubby. He was pretty great before, but now he's even better. During labor I screamed in his ear for eight hours and left bruises on his arms, but he's hit the ground running. During my maternity leave he let me sleep in all the time, even though he had a tough day ahead of him, too. He's a master at baby nail-filing and finding all sorts of tricks to make Adrian giggle. Once, during a particularly difficult evening, I thanked him for his help. He looked at me and stated matter-of-factly: "I'm not helping, it's my job." And I couldn't do it without him.
My family and friends. There's nothing quite like having a baby that brings out kindness and love from everyone in your life. I've had more packages, home-cooked meals, and offers to help than ever before. I'm not one to ask for favors but this experience has softened me a bit to accepting acts of kindness. It's also made me committed to helping others - you know, that whole pay it forward sappy stuff.
The Dutch health care system. Not the time to write a book on this, but I'll just say the following: I spent three days in the hospital before and after giving birth, and I've never seen a bill. Oh, and Adrian is insured for free until the age of 18. So no bills there, either. Stress free, and saves paper.
The privilege of being an expat. Two expats have now produced an expat-baby. This expat-baby has two passports, and has already traveled to four countries in his first four months. He will be raised in an environment where speaking three languages is the norm. He will see the world from this amazing view from the very start, and I am so excited for him.
Happy New Year!