State of the Union: Winter has been kind to us. Ben has had a stretch of lighter rotations, we have all stayed healthy (vigorous knocking on wood right now), and the temperatures have been relatively mild. I am nearly into the third trimester of my pregnancy and feeling great. All in all, life is marvelous in the Morrison household.
I am thankful… for good health, lots of baby boy kicks and flutters, an ever-adorable toddler, and a husband who comes home from work happy to let Everett use him as a human jungle gym.
On my mind/I am learning… that my itch to go back to teaching runs in about 3-month cycles. I just finished reading “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Human Power of Character” by Paul Tough for my mama book club. Fantastic read for all educators and parents…and it really got me thinking about where I’d like to center my focus when I return to teaching. Teaching life and character skills through self-expression and great literature…it just fits. I actually found myself searching the job opportunities board on the Teach For America forum as I read the book…then quickly reminded myself that I am giving birth in just three months and better put off updating my resume for a while longer. 🙂
I wonder… how Ev’s little brother is going to rock our world! How different will he be from Everett? Will he escape the milk protein allergy and allow me to breastfeed? How will Everett react? Lots of exciting wondering and anticipation as April gets closer!
On my heart: I am currently baking several dozen of my mom’s chocolate chip cookies and a pot of my dad’s beef vegetable soup is simmering on the stove. The kitchen smells are lacing my heart with nostalgia and sentimentality. I have not been very good at keeping up this blog, but I have been doing some other writing lately. I’ve started writing some memoir-ish vignettes, mostly centered on my parents’ struggles leading to their early deaths. I haven’t shared them with anyone yet…still working up the courage. How I wish I could channel Jeannette Walls‘ amazing tone of candor graced with optimism as I write down my own stories. I think they are worth telling, but I fear to an outside reader that they might just be depressing.
Weekly Reader: Our next book club read is “Mind in the Making” by Ellen Galinsky. I’m not very far into it, but so far it is really similar to many of the other books we’ve read. I suppose I might be burning out a bit on child psychology and brain research. However, I have been reading more books for pure fun lately. Barbara Kingsolver’s “Flight Behavior” and “This is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz have been two of my recent favorites. Kingsolver impresses with her knowledge of biology and understanding of human nature. This novel explores the issue of our ignorance of environmental issues like global warming and charms with a strong female protagonist searching for her sense of self. Diaz’s new books was a good quick read. I loved revisiting Yunior, the narrator from Diaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” This was a book of vignettes about the wonders and heartache of growing up in poverty and violence and dappling in the complexities of love.
What’s Cooking: We made homemade naan last week. It was delicious! I have a fear of baking…especially baking bread. But the naan turned out to be a perfect concoction of warm, chewy, salty, tangy deliciousness that paired perfectly with our chickpea curry. I may just be inspired to get my hands floured up more often!
“Ev”Capades: After 22 months, I am happy to report that Everett is FINALLY discriminately calling me “Mama!” He is starting to chatter more and more everyday and “mama” is one of his new favorite jabbers. He is starting to parrot us more and attempts lots of words when we ask him to say them. I am hoping we are on the verge of that “language explosion” I hear so much about. In other news, Everett pretty consistently goes pee-pee on his little potty when I take off his diaper and sit him there. We are by no means in full potty-training mode and don’t plan to be any time in the very distant future, but the fact that he loves sitting on his potty and will go on demand are good steps in the right direction, I think. While we don’t think Ev really has a clue how much his little world will change when his baby brother arrives, he loves to wave, pat, and kiss my ever-growing belly and will point there when asked where his baby brother is. Basically, we just continue to adore our little man who is becoming more spirited and silly everyday.
Happy Highlights: Ben’s mom came to visit over MLK weekend and we had a wonderful time. Ben had all three days off, we went and tried several new eateries in Nashville, and Peggy and I even went out on a “girls date” to see jazz music on Saturday night. A truly great weekend with my family.
Looking Ahead: Ben has a week of vacation next month and we are headed to Savannah! We have rented a little condo in the historic district for the week and are really excited to explore a new city. Also, we’ve been keeping an eye on the weather trends there the past month or so…and the high temps have been consistently in the 70’s! Hoping for a little pre-Spring fling basking in the Georgia sunshine. I also can’t wait to get Everett back on the beach…he loved it last spring and I’m sure will be even more enchanted now.
And here’s just a few pics that capture the fun we’ve been having around here…