Aaand… we’re back! What I have been up to for the last year

It has been way too long since I was last active on this blog and I really do hope you will forgive me. Last time I wrote, I was getting ready to pop out in a few weeks’ time. In fact, it was exactly one year ago that our lives changed inexorably… not once but twice.

When it looked like my second decided to make his appearance almost as late as his big brother, I did everything I could to avoid being artificially induced. Things like acupuncture, walking for miles and miles down Paris streets, and dancing a “labor dance” I found on YouTube (I really gave it all I got!)…

Then one day I finally felt that the end was near and walking around was getting distinctly uncomfortable. This turned out to be a certain Friday the 13th, the night of the terrorist attacks in Paris. That night I went to bed terrified that my little guy would try to make an appearance in the hours that followed. I knew that neither we nor our midwife could probably get to the maternity clinic in the current state of affairs, and besides there was no way I would leave my other kid and my mom at home until I knew the nightmare was over… Lo and behold, I ended up drifting off to sleep and woke up at 6 am with a contraction – he had waited!

Place de la République
Folks gathering to commemorate the events of 13 Nov 2015

Yesterday we walked through the Place de la République where people had gathered to commemorate the awful events of one year ago. I was carrying my sweet baby close to me, so thankful that we had one more day before wishing him happy birthday.

This past year brought other big changes as well. I decided to part ways with my employer, and finally train to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (through the Nutritional Therapy Association), something that I had wanted to do for quite some time. I just graduated that program a week ago and am really excited to start putting all that learning to good use.

All this to say, the past year has been a very intense one on many levels. This meant prioritizing and scaling back on certain things, which is why I had to take a break from blogging. But I am happy to say that after a short break I will be back with lots of new ideas and fresh material.

For now I wanted to say that I didn’t forget about you all, and I’m sorry to have been so out of touch – that will change soon!

 

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