It’s pre-spring – not quite spring, but definitely moving out of winter. Living in Iowa, you usually brace yourself for an awful winter full of cold, wind, and snow. This year has been different – it’s been warm, it’s been sunny, and it’s not been snowy. I usually find my mind wandering to happy spring planning around early March, but given our mild (and I dare say, pleasant!) winter, I couldn’t help but start my spring planning in early February when I was out walking with my son in 65 degree temps.
This is the most hopeful time of the year for me. I am a gal who laments the winter months because I don’t like darkness. I crave sunshine and I need bright lights on wherever I go. We burn through a lot of light bulbs at our house during the winter months. It can be 0 degrees outside, but if it’s sunny, I’m a happy gal! When the winter months show signs of fading away, I start planning – and I plan big! I think of all the things I’m going to do during the spring, summer, and fall months. I plan my race schedule, I plan our weekend trips, I plan a big vacation, and I plan outdoor activities for my family. I’m a planner – and pre-spring is my busiest and most hopeful time of year!
My family used to consist of just my husband and me. We were two peas in a pod who were extremely physically active. We ran countless races together, did adventure races together as a co-ed team (and won one!), hiked, traveled, etc. All of it, we did together. Then we decided to have a baby. For a couple who persevered at everything we tried, the family building process was hard on us. It didn’t work. We fought through a couple of years of infertility and after 2 IUI’s (both BFN’s), an IVF cycle (BFN), a FET cycle (very early miscarriage), and another fresh IVF cycle, we were finally pregnant. Whew! Two years and 3 months of hard, emotional work paid off and we were on our way – and we were blessed with an easy pregnancy and an even easier baby boy. So now? Now I plan activities for three!
I love this time of year, and I love it even more now that we have a baby. My son, M, is 8 months old and is the happiest baby I’ve ever known. Wherever he goes, he’s happy and engaging everyone around him. He does not fuss and his attention is easily diverted if he gets a little squirmy. He goes easily to strangers and loves to interact with everyone. He’s EASY – and he’s FUN! And now I’m planning our life and activities around him, and I LOVE it! I get to plan activities for our family that involve other kids, the outdoors, and laughter!
Let the planning begin!