The last few weeks have been crazy.
Professionally, it's been one of the busiest and most challenging (but also invigorating and satisfying) months of my professional career. I am so fortunate to work with a group of people who make those days where I both leave and return home in the dark and barely see my husband much more bearable.
Personally, we spent the past two weekends Christmassing with family. First, my family, then hubs' family. Usually it's my family that presents the most challenges/triggers, but this time it was ok. Fun, even. Of course there were a few "ouch" moments, but I know that this will probably be the case forever, or at least for a long time, and I was able to take them in stride. There were even a few special moments, one of which I have a post brewing about.
Although typically boring, time with hubs' family isn't usually hard. This time, however, was a bit different. I learned that his cousin (two years younger than hubs) and his wife were having a baby when they walked through the door carrying a new baby. While a first cousin, I wouldn't exactly consider this side of the family close, and we typically only see them once or twice a year. I'm sure that hubs didn't know because he knows me well enough to know to inform me in advance of any social gathering where there is a pregnancy or infant. I took it in stride and learned that "I feel a cold coming on" is an effective cop-out for holding a baby. It wasn't as hard as it would have been even a year ago, but it still left me gobsmacked for a bit. It seemed like most of the day there were two themes of conversation: breastfeeding and our president elect. I did not wish to engage in either of these conversations so I found the bathroom to be a welcome escape.
But traveling for the holiday season is over, and now I can take a deep breath and relax.
Recovery is going great. The scar below my belly button is still a bit sensitive, but otherwise I feel healed. I'm even back to wearing jeans! Dare I say that I even feel better than I have in years. I'm not nearly as tired, and I'm starting to realize how much pain that I was in every day now that it's gone. Now that it's been a full month, I'm going to start incorporating some basic, low impact exercise back into my routine. I'm anxious to get back to it, but am cognizant not to push it too hard.
I hope to write a bit more over the next couple of weeks! In the unlikely event that I don't write again before Christmas/Hanukkah, I wish everyone who reads this a happy or at least not terrible holiday season.