I am excited about the new blog carnival topic on marriage equality as I’ve been writing posts about this in my head for a while, we are in the midst of this debate now too, so I’m going to try my best to get a blog out about it in time.
In other election-ish news, the most common facebook status from my non-American friends on Wednesday was “and the world breathes a sigh of relief”. Enough said. And the hashtag movingtonewzealand officially became a thing. A bunch of republicans, dismayed at how the election was going, took to twitter to announce that if they lost they were moving here. This was quite simply, hilarious. Very quickly it was taken over by even more kiwis saying hell no because, well… this sums it up nicely.
It has once again been over a month since I’ve blogged, I guess you’re just going to have to insert a general apology into every post of mine now, every time I get re-energized about blogging more regularly it just doesn’t seem to happen.
We’ve been busy in that time, we had a great few days away staying with K’s parents and packed a lot into the trip including a visit to a wicked aquarium, a wicked butterfly house/farm experience place and a date night to the movies. Sprocket had a ball and got very good at restaurant eating, and he loved spending lots of time with his Nanna and Poppa – especially Poppa. They came down for a couple of days the following weekend and we went to a model train expo where the kid was absolutely mesmerized. He loves trains so much and cried when we moved between exhibits. We spent quite a while there with him watching and saying “cool, cool” over and over, then he sweetly blew the trains a kiss goodbye as we left. Imagine how his mind was blown a couple of weeks later when we took him down to Poppa’s basement to see his way bigger, way cooler train set up! It is an awesome model, HUGE, with individual properties/buildings for different parts of the family according to their interests (ours is K&L Kennels due to our love of pets).
This weekend K has taken him back up for Poppa’s birthday and fireworks, while I stayed home sick. It has been really weird being home alone – I think it’s the first time I’ve been here alone since Sprocket was born, I’ve been away one other night but that was sharing a motel room with my parents. While not nice being sick, and feeling bad missing the party, it has been nice having a bit of a break and doing things like drinking a coffee on the couch, and blogging in the morning without little hands wandering. I have missed them like crazy though and can’t wait for them to get home.
K has been doing a 100 day challenge to exercise at least 30 minutes per day and as a result has found a gym that she likes, and can fit into her busy school time schedule. She is onto day 42 and has been doing a fantastic job – we are so proud of her! She’s feeling a lot better and able to get back to doing everything with her kids at school without injury/illness for the first time since she got pregnant really. She’s a PE teacher and it was killing her not being able to join in with everything so this has been great news. There is only a few more weeks of the term to go before a well deserved summer break. She has also managed to cut back her workload a bit for next year, which also means only one camp to go on before the end of year instead of two. Yay!
Sprocket is doing fabulously, he is having a bit of a rough patch with sleeping but has been working on some molars which probably explains it. He’s a bit of a slow teether but now has four molars at various points. He is loving the warmer weather and being able to be outside a lot, we had our lawns sprayed for prickles while we were away so he is also getting his “summer feet” on and spending a lot of time barefoot. This is amazing compared to winter because I was getting sick of putting boots on or off every time he wanted to come in or out. We’ve also had his paddling pool out a few times and this has been a big hit! His language is still advancing very quickly, he is picking words up with just one or two mentions and starting to refine those he’s said for a while too. The other day he came running up to me with his stuffed monkey and said “mon-ey, mon-ey”, frowned and concentrated some more and then “…monKEY, monKEY”. He was so proud that he could say it correctly.
Sprocket is continuing to be a very sweet boy. He loves hugs and kisses, although not always, so when he’s in the mood he can give the best hugs ever. The flip side of this is he is very stubborn and can throw a tantrum at the drop of a hat. He hits out and has bitten us both a few times, hard, but he seems to have curbed the biting for now *touch wood*. We have learned that he really needs a heads up and explanation of things before they happen. He loves just walking around the car patting it and getting down on his hands and knees to inspect the underneath. It’s very cute but can be problematic when we’re wanting to go somewhere in a hurry, or when we don’t want him outside of the gate as he will throw himself onto the concrete screaming if he can see the car but not touch it. I had to laugh when we were at a friend M’s house the other day – M’s grandfather came around and while Sprocket was busy inspecting his car and trailer, while M was far more interested in using tools to ‘measure’ pieces of wood on the back. Clearly very different interests and personalities even now. He has no fear and even after falling off the back off the couch, from standing, right onto his head he continues to climb anything and everything. He is very capable too, and we had hoped that a fall might scare him enough to slow him down but even with carpet burn on his forehead he was back up there within half an hour.
He has got very good at saying goodbye to K before work, mostly because he gets to stand on a chair at the window and watch the car back out of the driveway. His face lights up every time she toots the horn. He absolutely loves cars, trucks and buses – we are lucky to live on the bus route so although our street is generally quiet we do have a bus going past 4 times an hour. I swear he hears it way before we do, he will stop what he’s doing and say ‘bus, bus’ and sometimes a full minute will pass before it goes past but it nearly always does! His favourite though right now is trains. He loves Thomas, and was very happy to have our first ride on a little train around the farm experience we went to. And our new neighbour across the road has a big, noisy motorbike that he loves to watch come and go.
We’ve been having a lot of fun with his friends lately, we’ve been getting together a bit with a group of 5/6 mums and kids that we met at our music/gym classes. He was super excited to see them, and them to see him, after missing them for a few weeks over the holidays and since then we’ve had lots of fun at places like the park, the lake, and the zoo. On Friday we went to one of their houses for a ‘sandpit party’ and managed to time it to see a paddock of cut grass being baled and wrapped by a nice big tractor. It has been great as a stay at home mum to find a group of friends like this. They all met much earlier at a organised group and from what I can tell kind of broke off into their own informal group when that finished. It’s very laid back and relaxed, we all seem to have similar parenting styles and the kids are all comfortable with all the adults which is brilliant when we’re somewhere like the zoo – everyone just kind of wrangles the closest kid and it works well. By being adopted into their group we really have got the best of both worlds where I’m lucky enough to be able to stay home with him and he is still getting lots of socialization with other kids around his age.