It took me a good two months to recover physically from birthing Seth. This recovery came just in time for us to move. We had decided earlier in the year that once our lease was up at the apartment we would move closer to where Rob works. The actual move came at the end of October. Rob went from commuting 45 minutes each way to less than 10 minutes. This would free up an extra hour a day for him to spend with the children. I certainly don't recommend trying to pack up a home while still recovering from childbirth, but it did give us time to settle in before my parents arrived for a visit in November.
Less than two weeks after our move we welcomed my parents, over from Scotland to meet their youngest grandchild. It was a delightful time watching my parents enjoy and get to know both of my boys. Aiden had been less than a week old when they last held him in their arms. Aiden has a whole new understanding of who his Gran and Papa are. He has been talking to them by video chat on Skype for over a year, but now he got to see them in the flesh. He is much more responsive to them now during our weekly Skype chat. As always the visit was over too quickly and my parents returned to Scotland on Thanksgiving Day.
All too soon it was on to preparations for Christmas. Rob and I were blessed to have the opportunity to complete our Christmas shopping while my parents were visiting. A couple of times we were able to go out by ourselves after the boys had both gone to bed. It was not only a very rare treat for us as a couple, but it also allowed us to complete gift shopping much more expediently than would otherwise have happened. I usually make a large selection of cookies/biscuits for the festive season. This year the selection was somewhat slimmed down mostly due to trying to juggle the needs of both boys with finding time to get into the kitchen.
Christmas Day was our normal low key celebration. We had a Skype video chat with my family in the morning. We also choose to only unwrap a few gifts in the morning. We didn't want Aiden to get overwhelmed by all the new things, so we staggered them through the day. Rob and I had our annual indulgence of Malawian coffee, and got to enjoy a cup together when we managed to have both boys napping at the same time. Later in the day Papaw & Gigi arrived for a few days. We unwrapped more gifts after nap time then feasted with a four course dinner that included our now traditional roast lamb. Again it was a delight to watch the boys interact with their grandparents.
Now that it is January time is again flying by quicker than I would like. We have finally unpacked, but some of it still needs to be reorganized. Seth is slowly getting himself into a sleep/awake pattern. More predictability will certainly make planning our days easier. Aiden is beginning to show some signs that potty training is drawing closer. Rob has been trying to work less overtime, but so far has been working longer hours rather than shorter. Hopefully February will see our life settle down a little, and my blogging becoming more frequent again.
I hope to share more details of some of our busy months with you in the coming days. Meanwhile here are a few pictures of the boys to enjoy.
Aiden just after we moved in October
Seth, dressed for his baby dedication in November
Aiden sharing a hug and sleepy bear with "Bubba" Seth
Seth's first Christmas
Story time with Daddy