Obviously, we’ve been lousy posters in recent months. Or possibly for the last year. That stuff they say about how having a second child is a bigger change than having the first one? Pretty much true. At least for us. We’ve been either frantically busy or dead tired the majority of the time. It’s totally worth all the insanity, but damn. If left on my own I could probably snooze away a few solid days without ever waking up. Part of our absence has also been about some changes that have demanded a lot of our time and attention (and energy). And before you jump to conclusions, we’re neither pregnant nor divorcing. Here’s the summary:
- We moved. We’re still in our cohousing community, just across the green and in a bigger house. We’re thrilled to have more space. Thrilled. But we’re still unpacking, trying to find a renter so that we can actually afford to keep paying the mortgage, and recovering from the fact that the timing sucked. We moved during the first weeks of school, which is about as bad as it gets when you’re a teacher.
- We’re both back at work. I’m part time, Jen is still full time. My job may disappear at the end of December, but we’re all hoping something else will work out. We’re still getting used to the fact that we all have to get out the door in the morning most days of the week.
- Natalie started full-time school. Halfway through the summer, Natalie got into a really good charter school that has a program for threes. It’s free. We were uncertain what my job situation would be, so having a good place for her to be full time without paying a fortune was pretty hard to pass up. We were worried about putting her in a full time school program at 3, but she loves it. LOVES it. The hours when she is not in school are spent re-creating school. It’s both wonderful and frightening.
- As a result, Natalie is now a metro commuter. Her school is only a few blocks from mine, so on the days I’m teaching, she rides with me and helps me set up my classroom before we sprint her over to her school during the short window in which her school is open but my students have not yet arrived. Days I don’t teach are much more complicated, involving picking up and dropping off a variety of children, both ours and others. But it still involves the train ride to and from school, which Natalie loves. She can tell you where she gets on and off and where we transfer, and can read the sign to tell you when the next train is coming. She still sometimes complains about the walking, but is far better about it than she was just weeks ago. She is fascinated by all of the people, and it blows her little mind when we run into teachers from her school on the train.
- Teddy turned one! He is now toddling everywhere, climbing everything, getting into things we never had to childproof for Natalie, and grinning and giggling the entire time. Nothing makes him happier than climbing to the top of a chair, sitting down, and drinking/pretending to drink from whatever cup or other object that might possibly resemble a cup is nearby. He dances, plays peekaboo, knows how to open all of the doors in our house, and does his best to risk his life multiple times a day. He is ridiculously cute and charming, even when he’s emptying a drawer for the millionth time in a single day.
- There are many other things that I could/should/someday will blog about, but just so that this actually gets posted, I’ll stop now and leave you with this.