Bless him, N has finally learned how to jump! For many weeks now he’s been trying to jump – on trampolines and beds and other such bouncy surfaces – and despite his best full-body efforts had not managed to get any space between his feet and the ground. All that changed recently and he’s delighted. Bouncing is fun! Bouncing while dancing is expecially fun. I don’t think there are many things more full of unadulterated joy as a toddler feeling the groove to his favourite tunes (currently they are I Like To Move It, Will.I.Am / Madagascar version, and Pokerface by Lady Gaga).
The past month has also seen N start nursery school for the first time. I am so very glad we eased him into this with summer school because it seems to have made a big difference. The first week was pretty traumatic with crying at drop-off, but now he is quite pleased about going to school and even insists to carry/drag his own bag into the classroom. I am really happy for him experiencing new things and getting stimulated, and I can already see the difference. He has expanded his vocabulary in both English and Greek (Greek is exclusively spoken at school) and he now does cute things like say “Shhhh” when he sees a baby or a cat sleeping. It is adorable.
He does not seem to be suffering any bad effects of having to go to school, other than the fact he was a bit snotty for the past couple of days and now I also have a sore throat. School germs are yuk! I would even go as far as to say I think he’s a bit more easy-going in the evenings as he’s burnt out some of his high-octane energy at school.
We have also reduced his daytime naps to no more than 1 hour, sometimes shorter and that has made some differences too! As he doesn’t finish school until around 2.00-2.30pm it is a bit hard to juggle the timings of naps but I think once the winter nights start to set in he will probably be more inclined to shift his night bedtime a bit earlier. Right now he sleeps around 9.00-9.30pm and I would like that to be earlier in winter. I guess also he might drop his nap at some point in the next six months, at which time I will need to bring his bedtime even earlier.
I went away for a four-day international work trip last week and I had such a good time. Ok, I was super-busy, but on a work trip you pause from being mum for a few days and I began to feel like my old self. I was taken out to dinner a couple of times and, although they were not actual “dates” – my husband was not with me – it was nice to feel nice. I now semi-jokingly refer to this year as “The Year of Shit Things Happening” and my trip away helped me to see that actually the old me was still there, but just buried underneath the weight of all that has come my way in recent months. Of course, I then returned home to have to put to bed an overtired toddler and to a mountain of laundry that needed doing, so welcome to #mumlife.
It was nice to come home to N though and he clearly missed me. I arrived home late Friday night and all day Saturday he had eyes only for me and said “Mummy” at a rate of approximately 100x an hour. I can’t say I hated it! Poor Daddy who had been looking after him for 4 days got no love. Haha! He was a really good boy on the weekend, he played nicely and even gave me a nice lie in on Saturday.
Usually the bedtime routine is that I will read him some stories when he is in bed before lights out. Obviously with me being away, daddy had to step up and take on that job. I was so delighted to get a message from him after bedtime on the first night that simply said “I love Gruffalo”. Apparently he had never read or had The Gruffalo read to him as a child and he was discovering it for the first time. So cute. I also love The Gruffalo!
Things N loves this month: