The First Dinner Out


(Why am I naming days?)
9/20/14, Day 14,018 (Mercena Day 36): The First Dinner Out

So what do parents of a new baby talk about when their family springs them for their first baby-free dinner out?

Mostly their new baby, of course.

Thankfully, most of the conversation was positive, because we’ve had a few good days in a row of a mostly happy baby, steadily sleeping through more of the night.

It’s all temporary: not only because babies change so quickly, but because her hold on the healthy sleep patterns that make her happy is so tenuous. This morning she stayed up later than usual, and then broke out of her swaddle and woke up after only half an hour. The result? The return of our previously fussy baby who can’t seem to fall asleep. The margin of error is still very small for keeping her in the angel state.

It was a great visit that included a game of Settlers of Catan that we almost finished; adorable love from her 2-year old cousin Robert (along with his steadfast fascination with our ceiling fans); sharing helpful stories about sleep schedules and more with Sarah and Allan (and hilarious Arwen jokes with Marnie and Zack); and the beautiful text of my mother feeding a happy Mercena with a bottle as we enjoyed our dinner out. As with all new baby visits, it was draining, but blessedly not because of our sweet daughter.

Now if only we can keep the momentum of this happy baby going…

Technique never stands still: it only advances or retreats…

Writing: 146 out of 186 days
Spanish: 131 out of 186 days
Music: 52 out of 92 days

What small things did I do yesterday to help build the Honeycomb?
(And what does it mean to “Help build the honeycomb?”)

  • Ate and cooked local, organic, vegetarian food, and used cloth diapers for Mercena.


Published by CorinnaSchulenburg

Artist and Activist

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