Christmas time is often a time of reflection of the year past. Some people choose to pen a letter to include with their Christmas cards, chronicling their family's exploits throughout the past year. This is my Christmas letter.
The Mearnses have certainly been busy this year. February saw us pregnant with a six month old, which to some may have seemed impetuous. How were we to know that after it took two years to get Teddy Bear it would be ten months from initial thought to full grown baby this time around?
I made the decision to stay at home for a while with the boys. It was awesome to be able to spend the months before Oliver was born with Teddy. Teddy changed so much this past year - it's really amazing to think he's only 16 months old right now and exactly one year ago, he couldn't sit up or crawl. Now he's walking (running), talking, signing, communicating, playing independently, dancing, eating human food and exerting his will. He's smart; he understands so much more than you realize. He is a joy to be around, happy most of the time. He loves to read books and play drums with Uncle D. I can't wait to see what he has in store for us the coming year!
Oliver made his way into the world three and a half weeks early (according to the due date my doctor had established). He spent four nights in the NICU due to glucose issues and came home from the hospital two days after I did. In the nine weeks he has been with us, he's already changed so much. He's losing that newborn look and entering chubby baby phase. He's sleeping 5-6 hour stretches at night. This next year will be spent watching him grow and change like Teddy did this past year.
Ed's working hard as always. I know he wishes he could spend more time at home, both with the boys and completing various projects he dreams up. He's currently working on mulching all the leaves in the world as well as burning various piles of brush. He planted our paw paw trees recently as well as a fig tree. Our garden this year was much more fruitful, due mostly to Ed's hard work in preparing the area. (Moving it to a slightly sunnier location may have helped too.)
The extended Mearnses/Bronsons seem to be faring well this year. The Wileys have seen the addition of two more grandsons, Oliver and sweet Landon. The Wileys have moved to NC, to be closer to their grandsons.
Finally, here I sit, full time mother, haphazard housekeeper, writing various blog posts and trying to figure out how to earn money from home, through writing or... suggestions welcome. (Unless it's sales. No sales.)