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A Successful Meal

Uploaded: Nov 29, 2014
Earlier this fall one of our good friends from the East Coast was in San Francisco for business. We were excited to see her and to catch up. She is a mother of two young kids herself, so she understood that the evening might be a little chaotic with a one month old and a toddler to tend to. This was the first time we would be entertaining with two kids, so we weren't sure exactly what to expect.

We ended up having a great time. It wasn't the perfect dinner - we ordered take-out. And our son was much more interested in his toys than in eating any food. But we had an opportunity to chat with our friend and she had a chance to meet the newest member of our family.

Now that we are in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I'm glad we already have a handful of brunches and dinners under our belts. We now have a little better grasp of tricks to help the meal run smoothly. And can focus more on relaxing, celebrating and enjoying this time together.

Over Thanksgiving we were extremely grateful to spend dinner with relatives who knew how to jump in and help us manage two kids. They went above and beyond what we could ever have expected. Our daughter was happily passed around the dining room table after dinner and our son was busily occupied with an abundance of trucks, cars and trains. We were able to relax and enjoy the company, the conversation, and the food.

When you have a newborn, your life changes drastically. And it can be difficult to figure out exactly when to add events back in from your old life. Holidays, business trips and other situations can force you to tackle these events sooner than you had hoped or planned. Although we have had a few hiccups along the way, we've navigated dinners, play dates, parks, trick-or-treating, a couple of trips up to San Francisco, and casual restaurants with two kids.

Being a second time mom, it's comforting to know that over time I'll keep adding the important things back into my life again. And with great friends and relatives we will not only make it through this holiday season but we can celebrate, relax a bit and enjoy it too.


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Posted by Mother of 4 , a resident of Palo Verde School,
on Dec 1, 2014 at 8:01 am

I remember this well. The only comment is that life never returns to "normal". Instead you have the "new normal" and even then that doesn't last very long as a new stage forms and another new normal takes place. Now that my kids are getting older, I realize that as soon as I think we have got into a workable routine, something happens and more tweaking is needed.

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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Almanac Online blogger,
on Dec 1, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Mother of 4 - Yes, it's amazing how quickly everything changes, especially during these first couple of months.

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