A few things have finally been checked off the list.
Trip to Paris, check. (It was awesome!)
Taxes sent off in the mail, check. (Why haven’t I e-filed yet? I don’t really know!)
Theo’s first birthday “party”, check.
“Party” because it was only just us and his Oma & Opa, but there was cake (which I accidentally made salty…oops!), a birthday crown, and presents. My own parents are throwing Theo another first birthday party in June when we get there. That’s in just a couple of weeks! Crazy!
These last few weeks before I fly out on June 2nd are jam-packed with activities and meet-ups, trying to see people again before I’m gone for two months. When we come back, there’s not much time before Theo starts at KITA, I start back at work (two weeks earlier than planned, but it works out best for everyone that way, ::tear::) and life as we know it changes again. Whew. Change is hard; change is good. I don’t want to go back, nor do I want to have to leave my
baby toddler all day. But he will have a blast, I’m sure, and I will get back to earning some money and talking to other adults about topics other than babies. I’m sure it will be fine.
Oh, and a month ago, back when I mentioned that it was time for some sleep training? I ordered a book (The Happy Sleeper), stuck to the plan, and things have improved exponentially. He still wakes up in the middle of the night (and wakes
us me up, too), but he usually settles back down before we even have to go in there. The first few nights involved more check-ins, but he quickly figured out the pattern and now we don’t have to check in with him as much. The situation has vastly improved. I hope at some point he won’t cry as much in the middle of the night, causing me to also wake up, but it’s already a big help that he doesn’t need me to fall back asleep again.
I’ve also gone about a week or two now with no night feedings, which happened organically as a result of the sleep training. I still nurse him in the mornings, after naps, and at other various points during the day when he asks for milk, so I’m glad that night weaning hasn’t seemed to affect my supply too much. The body is an amazing thing. I’m not ready to stop yet, so I’m glad this is still working for us.
The only big thing, other than packing, that I want to finish before we fly is a DIY soft book I’m making for Theo. I wanted him to have a new book (and something not too heavy!) for the airplane, so I figured I would make him one. I hope he will like it. I will share that when it’s done!
As my Elternzeit is coming to a close, I keep thinking about how this is it. This is the life. This has been one of the best times of my life, and we’re living it now. I’m trying to keep that in mind, be present, and enjoy it. Besides, I still have two months left, and I’m so grateful for this free time to be able to spend with my family and friends in the States.
Okay, before I ramble on too much, I think I’ll go try to work on that soft book before Theo wakes up again.