It’s a Girl!

Popping onto the blog today to introduce you to the newest member of our family: Alice Genevieve!

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She’s our third child and they say ‘all bets are off’ when it comes to your third child . . . that is, don’t expect things to go like they did with your first two. James and June were both a little late (one day and five days, respectively), but Alice decided to wait till she was thirteen days overdue before making her way into the world! With both my parents visiting from BC, their hearts desiring to meet this dear little pumpkin, the pressure was on.

At 6:00AM the morning after my dad returned to BC I had my first contraction. Alice was born one hour later. Let’s just say I was incredibly glad that my mom was staying with us, so that my husband and I could simply zip out the door to the hospital without the fuss of dropping our kids off at a friend’s house – had that been the case, I’m convinced she would have been born in the van. As it was, we woke up my mom, briskly drove the three minutes to the hospital, were shown into an assessment room, then were quickly diverted to a delivery room where my water broke and the nearest available doctor popped into the room to catch Alice because the midwives were still en route.

In the words of my dear husband: “That was my kind of birth!”

James and June are completely enamoured with her:

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I haven’t been blogging much the last few months, aside from monthly Quick Lit posts. That’s because I’ve been dissatisfied with the purpose of this blog. I’m not actually all that interested in reading The Top 100 Novels of All Time. I do love classic novels, and I intend to keep reading them – George Eliot’s Silas Marner and Daniel Deronda are two I’m looking forward to reading in the next while – but instead of being bound to The Guardian’s list, I’d like to pursue older classics and the occasional newer novel that spark joy. For me, that’s books that are both well written and that strengthen the moral imagination.

So from now on I’ll be using this blog more as a commonplace journal, steering away from really reviewing books (how does one review a classic anyways?) and using this space to share my personal thoughts on books I’ve read and little snippets that have spoken to me or captured my imagination.

I hope you’ll continue to enjoy the thoughts shared here!