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Wednesday, September 8, 2010


It feels like our entire family is adjusting right now. New schedules, new environments. Lots of chaos as a result, and some growing pains as well. If only there was such a thing as a familial chiropractor. I'd sign us up for an adjustment in an instant!

It's pretty much the usual: BB in preschool, still figuring all that out (lots of tears yesterday because she -- horrors! -- Forgot Her Sunglasses At Home!); BJ in kindergarten, still enjoying it very much (though disappointed that Kinder isn't All Science, All The Time). S officially starts his one year sabbatical this month, and he is trying to build up some momentum on his research and writing work. I'm eagerly awaiting the time when our schedules settle down enough for me to get back to having one work day per week that I can rely on. It's been a while.

All the new stuff and new schedules are affecting sleep, as usual. BB's naptime hits right when we'd need to pick up BJ from school. God bless S's flexible schedule -- he's been able to skip out of the office and pick up the boy so that I don't have to wake the girl. BJ is exhausted by the end of the day and sleeps. HARD. BB is either exhausted or all wired up. Hard to predict which. S is still clinging to the notion that one of the adults in the family should be able to sleep in while the other gets up with the kids (usually at 6 am). This schedule made sense when we didn't have anywhere we absolutely needed to be before 9 am. But now we have to leave the house soon after 8 to get BJ to school on time.... I personally don't think this Sleeping In thing can last for much longer. (Says the one who isn't the night owl in the house. The one who doesn't like rushing around in the morning.)

But we'll figure it out. Trusting that things will feel less crazy and chaotic once we're all in the groove a little more.

And if in doubt, try to get outside. Today I was glad to get BB a little fresh air and take her to a park playdate. Alas, we got rained out and had to leave pretty quickly, but there was enough time for a little playing. And I took some pictures while we waited for our friends to arrive.

The good news is that I'm really enjoying the company of both my kidlets these days. They are just both (usually) lots of fun. That definitely helps keep the chaos in perspective!


Kerry McCullough said...

What a cutie! I hear ya about adjusting to schedules- I feel like every time I get it down with my 9 month old, everything changes. I think he's about ready to switch from 2 naps to 1. Plus the top 4 teeth are popping through. Lots of changes to come!

cath c said...

there is something wondrous that happens once your kids are all school age. conversations with them shift a bit more maturely, for one, and you all have some time away from each other doing interesting things you can later talk about.

cool, sabbatical time! would that could happen in my spouse's industry.

Jen (Mama's Magic Studio) said...

Kerry, thanks for the comment! It sure sounds like you understand about all this! The nap schedule switches can be SO challenging. plus teething -- sheesh! good luck with all that!!!

Cathy, you've given me a glimpse of paradise (or so it feels this morning). Thanks! And yes, sabbatical time is wonderful. It's so *civilized*