We’re still here too, just very busy and while I have many blog posts written in my head, the time and motivation to sit down and write is still severely lacking.
Since my last post we’ve had another trip, this time a big road trip to visit my parents, BD and meet the new son of our friends. The trip was great but very exhausting for all of us with all the driving. We spent a week away, had some people around at our place the night we got home, then 2 days later went up to K’s family for a double birthday get together and brought a niece and nephew back with us for a couple of days. Sprocket had the best time though, he is truly a people person and just loved seeing all of our family and friends.
Life has got back to normal now, K is back teaching after the holidays and Sprocket and I are settling into our new routine. Last term we went to a music class one morning a week which was great, and now that he’s walking we’re going to a baby gym class as well. The best part is that some of the kids from the music class are also going to the same gym class so we’ve been able to make some friends there. The gym class is fantastic – it’s a new Monday morning class so only has about 6 children (as opposed to the 20+ the other days). Sprocket is very active and very into climbing these days so he is loving the freedom to explore. It’s at a real gymnastics club, so they have all the equipment possible plus a highly experienced teacher so he is learning a lot already. Our new friends also get together most Fridays so last week we went along to the zoo which was awesome – our boy loves the zoo and he had a great time running around with his mates and sharing snacks.
So our new social life is looking busy already, which is great for both of us. On top of that, I had an email from my old boss offering me some short term work which would be brilliant if it works out but we will see. It could be related to a plan we had before I left which would mean the possibility of working from home in the evenings or it could be something else entirely that I can’t do because of childcare. He’s not the quickest at follow up so I haven’t heard the details yet but it’s nice to know I’m not forgotten there.
Sprocket is continuing to hit/exceed most of his milestones and his last plunket check was all positive. He’s talking up a storm, last count there were over 20 words that he uses in the right context and he’s said a couple of simple sentences (usually directing us to something like ‘mama mao’ when he saw the neighbour’s cat and wanted to show me). We’ve been trying to get him to differentiate between Mama (me) and Mummy (K) as he just calls us both Mama at the moment but that will come no doubt. He will copy just about anything and everything that we say – which can be either hilarious or scary, or both!
He is down to one nap a day now, there was a week where he tried to convince us he didn’t need any naps at all, but thankfully he’s gone back to having them most days. There are usually one or two days a week where he just won’t nap, but he’s mostly happy talking to himself in his cot for a while so we at least get some break on those days.
It’s hard to believe that we have a real little boy now, there’s not much baby left about him at all which is both exciting and sad. I miss that beautiful little baby but at the same time he is such a cool kid and we are having so much fun right now that we sometimes want to freeze him at this age. He definitely has his moments, and has been having little tantrums for a few months now when he doesn’t get his own way but our midwife’s prediction of him being stubborn and cheeky have definitely come true. His first instinct if something doesn’t go his way or work the way he wants is to bang his head on the ground regardless of whether it’s concrete, carpet, or brick wall even. We’ve learnt to watch out for the lashing out before we bear the brunt of it, but luckily he’s pretty easy to pull out of them still. He loves to laugh and he loves to make us laugh, whether it’s making silly faces or popping up from behind the couch and shouting boo at us.
And I only just realized, but it is 2 years today since Sprocket’s transfer. Two years ago we were so scarred and exhausted from ttc but still full of so many hopes and dreams. Now life isn’t all roses, for sure, but seeing Sprocket’s cheeky little grin can make you grin back even at the worst times. He has truly taught us a new meaning for happiness.