These days I hardly write anymore. Not sure why but it might have something to do with the fact that I spend most of my time in and around the house nowadays. Not the most interesting thing to write about he? At the end of last year we moved to a new place here in Ariège. A big stone house in a small hamlet, 25 minutes outside Saint-Girons. A lovely house with really kind owners and neighbours. The plan is to stay here for as long as we like it. For the first time since the summer of 2015, we have a place that we do not know yet the end-date of. And that gives me a very good feeling. Not that I intent to stay here the rest of my life. I know better than that. But to be able to put some roots down and just ‘stand still’ for a bit. Have the time to look around and see and feel where you are and how you like it. I enjoy that.
One of the reasons I definitely enjoy it, is that we are expecting a baby boy in May! So yes, my focus is on that and certainly not on moving again. It is a beautiful experience and the weirdest thing at the same time. For such an ordinary thing (I mean, A LOT of other woman have been pregnant before me, are now and will be after me….), it is a really unique experience. A normal, natural thing but so intense and unique. And I know that everybody says that every woman experiences it differently and you can’t compare. Now that I am actually experiencing it myself, I can completely agree with that. I also try not to understand what is happening inside my own body. The more you think about it, the less you can understand anyways. There is an actual human growing inside your belly. How weird is that when you think about it? I mean, seriously, you can not grasp this fact. And the more you try, the lesser you do. So I just try to enjoy the miracle and see what happens (not always the easiest…).
In the meantime spring it starting slowly here in Ariège. The first blossoms and narcissus flowers are popping out. The ‘vide-greniers’ are starting again (these typical French flea markets) and the Saturday market in Saint-Girons is getting bigger and more busy. In 4 weeks from now, we will go for another road trip, back to the Netherlands. But this time I will not pack up all of our things. Our house will stay ours and we will go to the Netherlands for about two months and stay with my aunt. In the end I decided it does feel more comfortable to go back for the birth of the baby. Having family and friends nearby and being able to arrange the paperwork in a simple and quick way reduces stress big time. And when we are all set, we will return here and spend our first summer in Ariège!