Sunday, December 19, 2010

Single momming it

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My husband left last weekend and I've been on my own for 7 days now and I am Tired. Bill left with the Jeep and the dog to drive down to Phoenix to help his dad recover from knee surgery. He stopped in Park City, UT on his way there to see family and managed to get in on a skate ski demo where he got to test skate skis and get free lessons all day long. The next day he took some back roads through northern AZ and saw some amazing sights. I will be traveling by airplane tomorrow with the baby. I hate flying and I will be flying solo with a 14 month old during the week before Christmas. Joy!!!!

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The good news is I will be in Phoenix for four weeks which is awesome, I will get to de-thaw and reboot. And hopefully get some sleep since daddy will be on teething baby duty.

One nice thing about Bill being gone is that Liam took up with my dad for his male attention. There is nothing more sweet and precious than the grandparent relationship. I remember seeing grandparents with their grandchildren out and about in Corvallis during those 3 long years I spent trying to get pregnant and my heart would hang so heavy wondering if I would ever get to see my parents with a grandchild. Now they have 2 grand babies and we live in the same house with them.

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On the triathlon training front: I have been hitting the gym hard the past 3 weeks with one big goal in mind: CHRISTMAS COOKIES! I plan to train hard through the holiday season. We joined the YMCA here in Spokane and it has been fun lifting weights again but I miss my old swim buddies. I have been swimming at night and there has been a few times where I am the last one in the pool which is pretty lonely after swimming with a large group all those years.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Where in the world is Tribabe?

Greetings from Spokane, Washington. We are ankle deep in snow and getting ready to head down south to Phoenix for several weeks to spend time with Bill's family. I have been absent for a while now and Tribabe.com is still closed. My explanation for this is simple: priorities.

Back when I was hugely pregnant and incredibly hormonal, I realized that I would not be able to keep up with the course I had set my life on once the baby arrived and I was right! The one thing I didn't realize was how much lack of sleep would affect my life but no first time parent understands that until it happens. I still have bags under my eyes 14 months later!

Bill and I decided we had to make a change in our lifestyle to be near family once the baby arrived so we started looking for houses near my family in Spokane, WA. We found the perfect house and made an offer on it and that is when everything started coming apart. I had scheduled a meeting to quit my job so I could help ready us for the big move when Bill got a call from his job: he was laid off.

We had to make a decision: stay in Corvallis while Bill looked for work or piece together financing and take the leap to Spokane. We took the leap, a big risk, but already so worth it. My parents moved in to the house we bought in Spokane and Bill's parents helped bridge the gap with financing until our house in Corvallis sells. Nothing like being 40 and relying on your parents!

This might sound like we are defeated or sad in some way but that couldn't be further from the truth. We have a great relationship going with my parents who have unlimited access to their grandchild and both Bill and I have time to spend with Liam right now while he looks for work. I have a telecommuting agreement going for my job in Corvallis and get to work from home here in Spokane.

In one year we went from 2 well paying jobs down to 1 part time job. This is one reason why Tribabe is still closed. That and I just need time to spend with my son. The hours I used to spend in my garage chasing the passion I have for Tribabe.com are now spent hanging out with Wittle Ittles. That is where my passion lies. That doesn't mean Tribabe is over. I plan to re-open in 2011 in time for the triathlon season with some new stuff but for now, I'm just enjoying the downtime after a long and very stressful year.

I would love to share my life with you all again after taking some downtime. Let me see what I can do about that.