So you may have noticed that I have been absent for a while. Almost six months it turns out! For a while I thought that this blog might have been dead in the water, but pestering from my husband has seen me pull my finger out and try to write something again.
In February I gave birth to a gorgeous little girl who is the light and the bane of my life. The first few weeks were probably the hardest of my life. Giving birth was a piece of cake in comparison. But now we have found our rhythm and are getting along famously. I’m back at work and a new normalcy is fast becoming established.
And as for my adventures in integration? Well I think I’m nearly there. I conquered one of my final frontiers a few weeks ago – going to the doctor and speaking only in Dutch. Only the hairdresser to go now! My life is almost completely dutchified. I look out the window and it’s pouring with rain (in June, of course it is. Summer is O.V.E.R.) but I didn’t even consider taking the bus. Not an option. I even take the baby on the bike in a carrier. You should have seen me last Friday: Baby, shopping, flowers and lunch; all on the bike. Too easy.
I think I’ve moved through to the final stage of culture shock – mastery – and am happier and happier every day. That’s not to say that I don’t encounter my share of idiots on a daily basis, because I do. I’ve started an ‘idiot count’ which keeps me entertained on my way to and from work each day on the bike. The big difference between now and a year ago is that now it entertains me instead of making me want to shoot people!
Before the baby appeared I started to become more involved in the Almere English speaking community International Almere. In fact, I’m now the organisation’s secretary. Having said that, in the last few months I have been so wrapped up in my own world that I haven’t had time to do much – not even attend any of the events that happen every single week! I’m hoping that now I’m back out in the big wide world I can be more involved again as it’s such a fun organisation to be a part of! So (shameless plug alert!) if you live in Almere, come join us. You don’t have to be from abroad, almost half our members are dutchies!
Another invaluable resource has been the ABCDE Playgroup. Not that I’ve had a chance to attend any of their popular Wednesday or Thursday get togethers, but the Facebook group is very lively and it’s wonderful to just know that the support is there whenever I need it. The fabulous Becky who runs it is also a childbirth educator and helped me no end build my confidence before I went into labour. I really, truthfully could not have done it without her. But, more about Becky in a later post about the best and worst choices I made while pregnant and after the wee one was born.
So, coming up in the near future:
The best (and worst) buys I made for my baby.
The choices I made and the far reaching effects,
Going back to work; good or bad?
And let’s not forget a Weekendje Weg post (well, a “weekje” weg in this case).
It’s great to be back. I’ve missed you.
|Here she is - she's too big for that outfit now!|