Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Three Years Later

Three years ago at this time, we found out we were pregnant with our second baby. Two days later, we closed on two houses in one day (one selling, one buying) and accomplished an out-of-town move with an 18-month-old in tow, having entertained far-flung relatives over Christmas DURING THE PROCESS OF MOVING. (Think on that for just a moment.)

We ate Christmas dinner in a packed-up house amidst stacks of boxes, using paper plates. The couple who bought our house were evil trouble-makers who stirred up all sorts of unfounded drama the night before our closing, keeping us up until all hours with a tired baby and an emergency plumber--for, in the end, no reason. Our house-selling process had been utterly nightmarish from beginning to end, punctuated by a bout with a long, drawn-out toddler kidney infection caused by a then-undiagnosed congenital urinary-tract abnormality.

The night we moved, after we'd been up for some 17 hours and while the baby screamed and refused to go to sleep, one of our visiting relatives threw a major tantrum over not having enough attention paid to her during her visit (i.e., during our move).

A few days later, my dad (300 miles away) had a stroke.

Sometimes I wonder how I ever survived the winter of 2005-2006. Luckily, later on things got a whole lot better. Then, of course, they got worse again (remember last summer?). Then, better. Which I guess is just the nature of life, isn't it?

Whatever the challenges of 2008, I am happy to be three years past that hellish New Year's '05-'06, and to be looking ahead to what can only be a better 2009. We've all got our stresses--the bills, the jobs (or lack thereof), the parenting challenges and health concerns and family responsibilities--but change is coming, the sun is out, and tomorrow is a new year. How do you plan to use it? Do you have any grand plans? I plan to do a whole lot more writing, pursue some freelance work (somehow, some way!), add to my running mileage, appreciate the last fleeting months of babyhood in this house (sob!), and try really hard not to be a humming ball of stress every single day. Sigh. That's a tough one.

Happy New Year, everyone! Let me know what your new year's goals are.

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