27 April 2011

Motherhood: Two Weeks In

Where does the time go? I have a backlog of blogs to catch up on! I truly didn't imagine I'd be so caught up in feeding, errands, resting, and cleaning that I'd not have time to sit at the computer! I suppose I do have the time but I find I've been attached to my eReader (easier to read laying down than the webs!) and I've reread all of the Sookie Stackhouse novels in anticipation of Charlaine Harris' new book, Dead Reckoning. Between Passover festivities and lack of sleep, I've been pretty useless outside of mommying!

This Sunday, Josh and I had plans to go to the Walnut Creek Farmers Market (I was inspired by the family outing of Morgan from Mama Loves Papa), but the morning was wet. (Bummer!) We figured having a newborn out in such weather was questionable so we opted for a Sunday drive instead. We decided we'd drive through Moraga, wander through Canyon, and drive the winding back roads between Moraga and the Oakland Hills. It was a gorgeous day after the rain subsided so we decided to pop on to the trail from the Big Bear Staging Area.

We recalled our respective 5th grade environmental camp trips and how we were dared to kiss the banana slugs (both of us, though fascinated, declined). It made me crave the days when I can take Ava and her siblings on nature hikes, teach them what we know, and dare them to do the same silly things.

We had a lovely day and we decided to make a thing of it.

18 April 2011

Our New Arrival

Welcome to the world,
Aviva Margot

Born on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 7:05 PM, at 7 lbs. 13.6 oz. and 21 in.

Becoming a mother to this beautiful, perfect piece of creation has been the most amazing experience. If I had to choose one word to describe how my heart felt after the placed her on my chest and she wriggled up to my breast and latched on, it would be incandescent. Her name first name means spring  and her middle name means pearl, both Hebrew in origin. Her nickname is Ava, playing on her Jewish name Chaya (Eve) which means life.

After the first two days of Passover, I plan on writing up her birth story. From this point forward, I'll refer to her as Ava in the blog and hopefully now that she is here and the suspense is over, I'll be more diligent in my posting. She's currently squirming on me which means it's time to put her to the breast, so off I go.

I love being a mother. I have never felt such purpose in my life before.