Greetings from Asbury Park

We're facing the beach

We’re facing the beach

Last week I started a new job with a sizable commute, and celebrated my birthday off and on for a few days. I admit I’m still adjusting and I’m feeling pretty tired. I miss blogging enough to whip out this post instead of jumping in the shower (no more morning showers).

We went to Asbury Park this weekend two days in a row trying to get seated at an unforgettable pizza place. This photo shows us eating fries for dinner after getting shut out of the place on Saturday.  There was a kid playing some decent drums on the boardwalk and Hugo and his friend broke out into dance. This is an Instagram video so I have no idea if it will embed.

Dancing on the boardwalk

I miss everyone! I’m just holding it together and collecting energy in a bucket so I can be myself again soon. If you don’t already, follow me on Twitter where I don’t have to be so coherent. The job’s great, by the way, and Hugo is doing great. He hasn’t complained at all about his extended school hours, in fact he seems to look forward to it more than ever.

Happy birthday, little one

Dear Hugo,

This year has been unlike anything I ever imagined when your daddy and I dreamed of having a baby. Thank you for teaching me patience, and helping me learn to keep my attention outside of myself. You really are my little symbiot. A friend told me that when you have a child your heart starts beating outside of your body and that’s just what it felt like.

I was so proud of you when you ran up to that boy on the playground and gave him a hug! You’re a lover and so far very good at sharing! Thank you for starting to walk when you were 8 months old so I wouldn’t be so sad that you are now technically a “toddler” instead of an infant.

You are generous, friendly, outgoing and always ready to say “hi!” to everyone you see. I’m grateful for every moment we spend together. Thank you for letting me share in your journey.

Love always,

Mommy (aka “Daiee!”)

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