The last few months have not been easy. The cumulative fatigue--the lack of a good night's sleep for nearly 11 months--has caught up with me. In addition, there's a lot of tension at the office and an increasing workload that coincides with my deceasing motivation (or you could see it as my stricter enforcement of boundaries between work and life). I am working on a project that focuses more on research and writing, a nice change of pace. I do wish, however, that I could take on more complaints/cases, but I also know from experience that providing legal support to a group in another country would require frequent travel, particularly where dispute resolution is involved. And right now, I'm okay staying at home for most of the time.
Motherhood has also presented challenges, but overall it has brought me so much joy. Some weeks, I'm startled by how much M is changing into a being with a personality. A few weeks ago, she added "mama" to her vocabulary, which consisted of "hi" and "dada." She also started very clearly mimicking my tone and even some of my gestures.
In July, we'll celebrate her first birthday. It is insane how writing/saying that chokes me up.