Yeah, I know. I said I’d write more and that I’d write regularly, but I obviously didn’t. The truth of the situation was this: I didn’t have anything interesting beyond my adorable child happening in my life and then I went back to school and had tons of cool things happening, but no time to write about them. Now It’s summer and I have more time (temporarily), so here it is: an update. How exciting!
Rónán is almost 2 and does so many awesome things that I’m not even going to try to cover them all. He runs, he climbs, he loves dinosaurs and airplanes, he jumps, he signs, he talks, he internets. It’s actually kind of ridiculous how amazing he is. Andy and I are incredibly lucky to have such a healthy, happy, clever, and caring boy in our lives. He starts preschool across from the University in the fall when my classes resume and it doesn’t seem possible that my little guy is already so old that he’s going to anything that could even remotely be called “school.” Where is the time going? The Colin Firth Pride & Prejudice is almost 20 years old and Pulp Fiction is now a “cult classic” for crying out loud!
Just look at this sweet little pro-choice baby. He’s such a budding activist!
Yo, Dog, I heard you like dinosaurs, so I got you some dinosaurs so you could hold dinosaurs while you watch Dinosaur Train
I’ve loved being in school again. I honestly had no idea that I missed formal education this much until I returned to it and started kicking academic ass on a daily basis. Returning to UW has also helped me to hone what I want to do with my life: rather than pursue a career as a midwife here in the United States, (Andy and) I have decided that it makes the most sense for me to get an MPH and work toward a position with an NGO helping to empower women and reduce maternal mortality in South Asia (like the UNFPA). To accomplish this lofty (and thrilling!) goal will take a lot of work, but I’m not really afraid of that. I’m in the early stages of learning Bangla (Bengali-the language of West Bengal and Bangladesh) and am going to Asia for a networking and research trip in 3 weeks. Seriously, I’m so excited just thinking about this that I don’t even know what to do with myself. Ideally, I’ll go again next summer to do midwifery internships in both Bangladesh and Indonesia (at least 1 is semi-fixed) to research the training and scopes of practice of those two nations. It’ll be tightly squeezed between can-not-miss-weddings in June and August, but will be so incredible to experience.
Andy is also doing exciting things. He’s starting classes at Seattle Central to begin the process of completing his degree, which is a wonderful, exciting prospect for him and our family. He’s worked really hard to support our family since Ró was born and I left my job, encouraging me (mostly) to become a doula, encapsulate placentas, study midwifery, and to return to formal education. Being a student and a parent is hard, but I’m very, very fortunate to have a parenting partner to help me.
It’s very late and I drove back from Portland today after celebrating my best friend Valerie’s birthday this weekend, so I can’t come up with anything coherent to say just now, so enjoy some cute pictures of my baby from the last few months. He just gets cuter every day!
Sweet sleepy Ró
And here we have a cute baby with a clutch of theropod eggs. Your argument is invalid.
He takes They Might Be Giant’s “I Am A Paleontologist” very seriously