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>> Wednesday, March 9, 2011


I'm still here (not sure if you are! ha!), but I have set up quasi-permanent residence on facebook (I'm /elizabeth.kattreinders if you're an avid facebooker) as the political battle continues to rage here in Madison. (watch this if you have a couple minutes. These are my people.) I've intended a thousand times to lay it all out here, just what I'm fighting for, what's lit the spark in the masses; but there are so many articles that articulate it already, that with such limited time I'm just linking and posting like crazy over there, rather than spelling it out in my own words here.

In other news, I started another new job -- this one will be long term, though, and big news.... after almost 8 years at his job, John resigned his position so he can be a full-time stay-at-home dad. We feel really lucky to have the flexibility over the long run to switch it up like this. I got to be home with the boys (a combo of full and part-time) when they were babies and toddlers, and now that they are full-fledged little boys, always on the go and ready to rock and roll, John gets a chance to be the primary at-home parent. (Although I'm guessing they'll be home rarely... probably more likely you'll catch the four of them plus Wilson in the canoe most afternoons.)

We have been really fortunate to have an incredible nanny and then a wonderful "manny" (great fit, by the way, for a family with 3 active little boys) to care for our children while we were at work, and I do believe strongly that it takes a village. That having another caring, loving adult in my children's lives is always a positive influence. That it teaches them that the world is a good place, that people are to be trusted and relied upon, that we work together, that families come in all shapes and sizes and extend beyond those who share your house. That being said, both John and I are really excited for him to switch things up and be home with the boys.

I had a great time in Denver with all of my sisters, and the break from protesting and facebook politicking was probably healthy for me. I did, however, come back home with a killer sore throat and fever for my first day on the new job, but somehow I managed to pull it off.

i got all my sisters and me

And: we're putting our house on the market in two days. Anyone who knows me is painfully aware of my tendency toward slobbery. Not an organized, neat, or clutter-free person am I. But dudes. We kicked some serious house-cleaning-de-cluttering ass, and my house looks like someone else's right now. Fingers crossed we can keep it that way until we sell it.

Lastly, remember the project that launched me back into the workforce a year ago? The one that was awesome but stressful and that I mentioned was finished a couple of months ago? Well, the book is out, baby. And it looks incredible. I'm so proud of it, and honored to have been a part of it. I'm thrilled to have some of my photos published inside and to have had the privilege of helping to shape the look and feel of the design, but my real sense of accomplishment comes from this:

See that? It says "Lead Author" and then... my name! The entire publication is available for free download here, but I have to say the actual printed, published book is gorgeous and I'm happy to finally have it on my table.

OK, friends. I have to run. I'm home with a sick baby today. Can I just add that I am so grateful for extended breastfeeding and babywearing? Without nursing and my BabyHawk mei tai, this gig would be a lot more difficult. I am so grateful for simple tools for providing comfort and security, at 27 months and counting.

I hope you're well. Back again soon....


Heather of the EO March 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM  

WOW. Those are a lot of things!
BIG news, good news, so much news news!

I'll hope for you that your house sells quickly and that the new job is going so smoothly.

Take care of you!

furiousBall March 9, 2011 at 3:53 PM  

good luck with the house and congrats on the new job!

Adventures In Babywearing March 9, 2011 at 7:03 PM  

Absolutely fantastic! I am so excited for you.


Corinne March 9, 2011 at 7:15 PM  

Oh my word, lady! You go girl :) I'm thrilled for you - for how things are falling into place. Have missed you.

Daniegirl March 10, 2011 at 12:02 AM  

Congrats! My husband started staying home with the kids last year and it really has allowed this whole beautiful transition in the family.

Good luck with everything!

Jeanne and Mark Lydon March 10, 2011 at 7:48 PM  

Wow! I can't wait to read the book. Congratulations. And how great for a new phase in your family's family-ness...

swonderful March 10, 2011 at 11:14 PM  

wow and wow and wow. so much. i've missed you and am happy for all these new opportunities and jealous that you have so many sisters. xo

Laura@OutnumberedMom March 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM  

Congrats! Wow -- so many changes all at once. How neat that Dad and boys will be together. Just great!

The Empress March 26, 2011 at 10:49 PM  

So very happy to find another mom who believes in extended nursing.

I nursed our 3 till they were just a touch over 3. 38 mons...and it made everything easier.

Except the shocked stares from others, but everything else was easier. I had no worries when they were sick, and they could still be fed and consoled.

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