I am about to tackle trying to write about something I’ve been wanting to write about for forever… but as it’s kind of a negative topic, I wanted to stop and reflect on the positive first.
Our fall went pretty well. We had a busy October. Wolfie was Scooby Doo for Halloween and couldn’t have been more excited about it. He managed to get a stomach bug the day of Beggar’s Night, so missed out on what was to be his first year of door-to-door trick-or-treating, which disappointed me far more than it did him.
G recently reconnected with his sister after being estranged for several years, and one weekend in October we had a gathering at his parents house, where Wolfie met his cousins for the first time (who are something like 25 and 16). They were all quite enamored with each other and had just the best day. It both warmed, but also broke my heart… because my family lives so far away and doesn’t get to see him much.
Thanksgiving weekend was unseasonably warm here, which was quite nice to be able to get your toddler out of the house often so he doesn’t go stir-crazy during 4 days at home. We literally went to the park twice a day, every day. And there were lots of other kids there for him to play with. It was amazing. (You know, if you don’t think about how climate change is ruining the planet.)
Daycare issues have gotten much better. It probably took him a good month to adjust. And he’s never fully stopped being more clingy at drop-off, and I usually still have to sneak away while he’s distracted. But, he doesn’t cry anymore, he tells me about his day when I pick him up, and he’s once again happy to be there. Of course, he’d always prefer to stay home and often gives me “no school!” in the morning, but he usually forgets once he sees his friends, toys, or snacks. They made pies in his classroom and had all the parents come in to have some the day before Thanksgiving. It was one of the more adorable things that has happened since he started there.
His language skills have exploded over the last few weeks. He’s getting really good and stringing together sentences and conveying complete thoughts. It never stops being cool to watch your baby turn into a full-fledged human person.
Sleeping is sort of meh. The first month or so of him starting the night in is own bed were great. He was letting me sleep usually until sometime between 3 and 5 before he’d join us in bed. I think I got one night that he spent the entire night in his room. But the last month or so, he’s been in our room by 10 or 11. And then spends most of the night kicking me. And then wakes up at 4 and starts asking for mama milk. So, mombie mode engaged once again.
I must be doing something right, because even though we have really challenging days sometimes… when I look back, I can never really remember what made them that way, and overall fell like he takes it pretty easy on us.
Finally, I will leave you will some pictures from a family shoot we did in our favorite cemetery in October. They all turned out so great and I have like 20 favorites. Try to find a family cuter than we are, I dare you.