Friday, January 15, 2010

Generally, I hate January. It is, as they say, the armpit of the year. It's cold. It's dark. We're always broke. We're tired from Christmas. This year, though, I am loving it. I really am. January is a-okay this year. It's fun! There's snow! The Rideau Canal has opened! And you know why? Because I. am. not. pregnant. January is an amazing month when you're not lugging a toddler and a gigantic baby-filled belly around. It really is.

Yesterday, I was pulling Finn and Rosemary in their wagon through the snow, and although it was a little tough going -- the snow is so sticky and soft -- and it involved quite a bit of effort to get them both in their snowsuits and their boots and their mitts -- what's with kids and pulling off their freaking mitts -- I was thinking, "This is great. I love this." I haven't lost my mind. I don't think so anyway. My new-found optimism is because last January, I was doing much the same thing: stuffing Finn in a snowsuit, trying to play outside in the snow, doing ANYTHING to burn some energy. I only had one kid then, but it was miserable. It was hard and incredibly
tiring, and I really honestly could not believe the things I was doing with my body at that point.

When you're six-months pregnant during in the armpit of the year, all you want to do is curl up in bed with chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. A toddler really doesn't allow for that kind of lifestyle choice.

Anyway, this year, I want to skate and run in the snow and go tobogganing and drag my kids all over this great city because I CAN!!!! This year, we are skating every weekend. We're going to Winterlude, which unbelievably, last year, we didn't attend any events. I think, "Why on earth didn't we go to Winterlude, one of the best winter festivals in the country? Downtown is just a 10-minute drive from our house." Then I remember, "Oh yeah, I was PREGNANT."

I love not being pregnant.


Ada Saab said...


Jenn said...

Really? I thought Dylan was the funny one. He'd post some thing silly and in the manner only he can manage, but he's busy learning the entire telecommunications system for North America.

Jenni said...

HA! Amen to that, sister.