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January 01, 2011

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Ninotchka

It was lovely to get to know you this past year. I hope 2011 is the year I make it back to Paris. 2010 was full of obstacles in that regard. So many close calls but no dice! May 2011 be a healthy, loving, kind, nurturing, formative and adventurous year for us both. Happy New Year!

Alice

Oh, what a lovely post, Aimee... And how wonderful that you have kept up your blogging and writing, recording, creating after all these years; it really is a testament to your creativity and inspiration. I admire you for so many reasons, and I know I have the challenge of adding a 2nd child to our family ahead -- I'm frightened out of my mind, I don't at ALL feel ready, but I'm praying that things will gradually fall into place. And I don't even have my own business to think about, like you! On the other hand, I have to think about myself, too, and what the future holds for me and my own fulfillment, because as much as I love being a mommy, I know I am defined by many other things, too.

Keep it up; as always, your thoughts, feelings, and the photos that accompany them are just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing here... I wish I was so committed!

SuBon

I'm with you, Aimee. I feel 2011 is going to be a good year to embrace change and make myself stronger and healthier, too. I'm so proud of you and my grandkids. ~Ah-ppa

materfamilias

I came to your blog six or seven years ago as part of my fascination with all things Paris, discovering your small circle of ex-pats with linked knitting blogs -- I kept visiting because your observations of life, both in your writing and in your gorgeous photographs, are so astute and thoughtful. Also, I suppose, because I was anticipating my own role as a grandmother (taken up for real two years ago with the birth of my granddaughter, Nola) and thus compelled to follow the growth of your family, your own development as a mother. Then having the opportunity to visit your charming teashop and experience your warm welcome -- needless to say, then, I'm well hooked and will look forward to any on-line presence you care to share with us. All the Best to 2011, and honouring your own priorities!

andie

I could not agree with you more about the second child! It was a big change for us and I remember Louise's first year being the most challenging year of my life. When we added Alice, it almost seemed like a piece of cake (almost, because it hasn't been completely easy!)

You are a strong person who has endured so much over the short time we've known each other and I know your difficult times will only help you to strengthen your future. Here's to 2011!!!!

The Bold Soul

One of the things I love most about you is your honesty. I think it takes a strong woman to admit that motherhood isn't always such a picnic, and even when you love your kids, there are times when you wonder how much more you can take. But I know this for sure: you are a wonderful mom, and your kids will appreciate you all their lives (even when they are screaming that they hate you because you won't buy them those expensive jeans or when they have a curfew). Happy New Year and I hope we can see more of each other this year!

Andi Fisher

Bonne année!

sora

Thank you for sharing your amazing story with us, Aimee. I have been following your blog for many years. I don't know whether it's because our children are 1 month apart in age (I have 2 girls), or that they also are of Korean-descent, or that I find your life as an entrepreneur inspiring (I too am a small business owner in the US), but I enjoy checking back from time to time to see how you continue on your path -- doing what you are passionate about and raising some very beautiful tots along the way.

Jill

what an honest post! by all means keep writing. your voice is lovely, and your children even lovelier.

Ivett

Thank you. Thank you VERY MUCH for all these words in your blog. Your experience and the way you describe it just made me cry, because it seems that it is me you are describing. I'm also a mom of two, a little guy and a baby girl. And I'm, as you are, a foreign, married to a French guy, named Julien. And while reading your amazing blog I realize that I am not the only one trying to struggle and trying to do always the best, for my children, my husband and myself and it is not easy, not at all! I see that all the feelings combined since my beautiful baby girl was borned are just too overwhelming to handle and even if everything is doing perfectly well, I feel depressed and tired (well as you say, take care of a little guy and a baby is not an easy task). How did you do to get/to feel better? Any secrets to share? Great blog again! Please keep writting. By the way, happy new year!

Lee Ann

Great post, so lovely to hear it from you. Mateo is going to be a big brother next July! I am very scared about managing two, especially managing the little guy while just trying to survive those early sleepless nights. We will see. Your family is truly beautiful!

Sedulia

I am just coming back to read your old posts after a long time away. I feel as if I've known you for years. Yes, I was there! It's wonderful that you have two children now. Did you know that postpartum depression is much more common with a second child? I personally know of two women who committed suicide within six months of their second child, and a third who was committed to a mental hospital (temporarily, luckily; but it broke up her marriage). Other people often don't realize how serious it can be. I'm so glad things are going better now. Isn't it fun to see their personalities emerge, and see how different siblings can be?

Supposedly the Icelanders have a saying "One is like none-- two is like ten." Now you know what that's all about!

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