And this is startling because Jack's finally sleeping good. Through the night and everything (knock on wood). M. and I get to have our evenings together, mostly just eating dinner and watching TV or chatting about our day. But my days seem longer and more intense. This little boy loves to play! We go for long walks with Radley twice a day if we can.
And now with the solid food and the bottles? It's like double duty on outfits, diapers, and taking him in and out of the high chair, walker, and car seat. By the time he drops after bath and bottle around 7-7:30, I'm so happy to sit on the sofa and read a book and not hear words or noises. And I have help!
My mom had three of us and flew solo (dad didn't exactly believe in co-parenting). I don't understand how it's possible. I think of her strength and patience all the time. I see her with Jack and she's still patient and full of smiles, just happy to be around him. She works a full time job and has a lot to do at home, so she's a pretty good role model for taking the time to do the mom job well and still managing to get stuff done.
M and I got to have a real date night a couple weeks ago. Jack went to Abuela's for his first overnight trip without parents. He had a blast with his Abuela, Tio Luis, and Titi (my aunt Mirna). And we got to go out to dinner, have some drinks at our bar, and relax knowing we could stay out without looking at the clock.
|Still in bed by 11, but damn if we didn't enjoy the break. Tough to see the empty crib in the morning though.|
I'm really looking forward to the summer break. Some big plans for the summer:
- Take Jack for mommy and me swimming lessons! I guess you can start babies as young as one month. I figured it had to wait until after 6 months. Either way, this guy loves bath time, loves the water. I can't wait to see him in the biggest bathtub he's ever seen.
- I'm teaching a new class in the fall, Women in American Society. I'm looking forward to prepping for it and doing something new. Glad I have a full summer to do it!
- Fun times at grandma's house! I know that it has been a big sacrifice for my mom and brother to come out to watch the baby and deal with rush hour traffic both ways twice a week. This summer I will be able to come to them and Jack and Radley will enjoy the backyard, water games, and Abuela can chill out for a change. It'll be great bonding time.
-Serious crafting/painting/sculpting. I have been missing it real bad! I took some time out during our date weekend without Jack to organize the garage a bit and set up my craft supply station. I got peg board and put up all my tools and made everything much easier to find and access. It's no studio to work in, but I have a place to put projects and product for Sweet Lady Shop. I've been anxious to get more inventory together in time for Halloween. I want a big ton of items to post and some fine art pieces as well, for future endeavors.
- Visit from M's parents! Jack's Gran retires this year from teaching and has big plans to visit more often with Pops. I'm looking forward to seeing him enjoy his grandparents and having them around to share in all the milestones we've got coming.
-Beach time! I'm taking full advantage of the beach this summer with Jack. Hopefully he digs it, because there are plenty of options here for kid-friendly beaches and some with nearby playgrounds. I want him to grow up with a clear memory of the ocean like I did. Long Beach Aquarium will be a must too!
Well, nap time looks like it might be coming to an end, so I'm gonna jet.
Oh, before I forget, take my poll. I'm serious!