A happy new year

I’ve been offline here for most of 2013 — unintentionally, of course. I was working on something pretty important.

Eric N. Ninjasaurus

I’ll affectionately refer to him as Eric N. Ninjasaurus. Or sometimes Handsome McCutiepie. He’s just about three months old now: an exciting milestone in and of itself, but especially so for us when you consider that during the first twelve hours of his life we didn’t know whether he would survive.

You see, Eric N. Ninjasaurus Duke Handsome McCutiepie was born with a rare heart defect and underwent open heart surgery when he was five days old. I want to write about it in more detail, but not now. Just know that we were terrified, and grateful, and so, so lucky. He’s a darling, sweet, extra-wiggly baby, and I’m glad we got to keep him.

Norah A. Babysaurus

And Norah A. Babysaurus — who’s really not such a Babysaurus anymore — is an excellent big sister. She holds his hand and showers him with gentle kisses, covers him with blankets, and brings his empty bottles to the sink.

(But let’s keep it real: for every moment of bliss there’s a moment of sheer horror, such as having both children on my lap crying at the top of their lungs AT THE SAME TIME.)

Sister and brother

I have many goals for 2014, but chief among them is to be present and focused on the things that are most important to me. I’ve felt so acutely how precious even the tiniest of moments are and I don’t intend to waste any more.

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