The end of January is here and I think I can speak for most North Dakotans when I say, “Whew.”
It’s a tough month up north, full of unpredictable and freezing weather, long evenings and short days and lots of reasons to eat soup and heavy carbs, no matter what you said in your New Years Resolution about eating better.
We’re not meant to eat lettuce in the deep freeze of January. It’s not natural.
We’re meant to hibernate and hunker down. And that’s what I’ve been doing.
I’ve spent more days consecutively in the house this January than ever before in my life. Except maybe when I was a newborn myself.
I’m so used to running around, playing music late at night, heading to meetings or wandering outside on a whim that this hiding out has been a big adjustment.
Never mind that I’m hanging out with a brand new tiny little person we made.
Yes, when you live out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of winter, the whole getting out of the house thing takes way more effort. There’s no such thing as a quick trip anywhere, except maybe to the changing table.
So I leave the grocery shopping to my husband, which I’ve found to be one of the major perks of hanging home with a newborn.
That and hanging in my stretchy pants all day.
What’s not so fun? Daytime television and trying to work with a baby who doesn’t nap much or for very long.
But she smiles a lot when she’s awake, so it’s worth it.
And when we do get out of the house, we go visit the other babies on the ranch.
Or, on the weekends, I leave Edie to rock with her daddy and I take a wander, get some fresh air in my lungs, swing my arms without a baby in them and walk the big dogs.
Last week Edie had her two month appointment and with each of her little milestones I’m reminded that time ticks so quickly.
Last winter I was in Nashville.
Next winter I will be chasing a one year old around in the snow.
Turns out the ever predictable January has proven that, in some ways, she’s not so predictable after all.
And I couldn’t be more grateful for that.