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Hello from Beautiful Western NC

We’re wrapping up a quick trip out to the mountains, enjoying the beginning of peak foliage season. Our family home out in Brevard is a many-fold blessing: a place where we come to rest, removing any temptation to while away the weekend doing chores. We come here, mostly, to “do nothing,” which is to say, to move through time without feeling rushed. I quip that it’s a rough life, but at this point in…

1 year with Misha

Our baby turned the big 1-2 {months} yesterday. I spent a lot of time in the last week reliving his birth story, feeling fresh relief that it ended, as I was sure at the time it never would. I've also spent a lot of time reflecting on the kind of parents we are shaping up to be. What I'd do differently, what I feel good about, what I hope to start doing more of. Having a…

11 Months with Misha

Well, there went June. I blinked, and it was gone. Misha's eleventh month was full. I started a new job as an engineer at GitHub, where I managed to get a sizable pull request opened in my first week. (Achievement: unlocked.) A training session brought me to Atlanta this week, my second trip away from Misha and third time pumping around work meetings and airport travel. I have mastered the public-restroom breast pump juggling routine, but…

Ten Months with Misha

I just told Jamie that if I were to write this month's blog post, it would probably begin, "It's been another hard month ..." Which is kinda true. Misha is not what you would call a "gateway" baby. Little dude is not the perfect little angel that lulls first-time parents into thinking that a second kid would be a piece of cake. He is the type that makes one think long and hard about the coming hours,…

Seven Months with Misha

Our baby is 7 months old today! Seven. WHAT! He’s finally sleeping and I’m exhausted and House of Cards is back, so… Happy seven months little dude! Mama’s gonna go have some PJ time. Currents Still hates napping. Still wakes 2-4 times a night. Tons of “soldier crawling.” First snow!! Smiles all the time. This kid has the BEST smile. Started going for runs with dad in the new BOB stroller. Tries repeatedly…

Six Months with Misha

I’m listening to the fragile silence of a Sunday afternoon marveling at how far we’ve come in the last month. Misha and Vance and Chester are all napping, the dryer is resting between so many loads of laundry, and the only sounds I hear are the heater whirring and the keys underneath my fingers. Bliss. I still assume everyone else has this parenting thing figured out more than we do, that most days we…