Only now do I feel like I’m coming out of the haze of the last month of illness in our house. I’ve been slow to re-enter our routine and our commitments. It’s amazing to me how we are nearing the end of January and I just now feel like I’m fully entering into the new year. It’s taken me a while to get back on my feet. Now that Owen is out of the woods, we are back to life and moving full steam ahead. Because there were a couple really slow weeks at the beginning of January, it seems like the end of January is trying to make up for entire month. I tend to do that. Unintentionally, I feel weird about not having commitments or not being able to keep them, so I flip everything over into the second half of the month and make that part super busy. It’s all good stuff, though, so I’m excited for some social time and hanging with friends and family, but I guess I will share more about that later – after it actually happens.
Over the last two weeks, Owen’s sleep schedule has changed. My kid who dependably slept till 9:00-9:30am is now waking up before 8:00am most morning. You are probably thinking “no big deal”. 8:00am isn’t all that early to most of the world. Well, I am a late sleeper by nature and I was really enjoying sleeping until 9:00am most morning. I would wake up before Owen and have some time to pull myself together before he got up. Now Owen is awake before me and I’m pulling myself out of bed when I would rather keep snoozing. We’ve had a couple super late nights in the last week and I hoped that Owen would go back to his normal schedule, but no. Despite what time we put him down, he is up early. This looks like our new routine. For the first time ever, I think I’m looking forward to “springing ahead” with daylight savings time. Maybe that will rewire him to sleep a little later. So anyway, I’m tired. I’ve been staying up late like usual, but getting up earlier. I haven’t adjusted yet to the lost hour of sleep. In the grand scheme of things, this is a positive change. Owen is sleeping more solidly through the night and not waking in the early morning hours. I’m just going to have get used to the new wake up time.
In other Owen news, we were finally able to get him a haircut. It was on our “January To-Do List”, but with all the buggies, it took us a while to get it checked off. On Saturday, we took him back to the kid’s salon for his second haircut. This time it was more of a big boy haircut and not a trim. He looks like a big boy in a little body now! I miss a lot of things now that his hair is short. I miss the spunky personality of his hair – it still has some, but it’s not as crazy. I miss his hair being able to cover up bonks on his forehead. Most of all, I miss playing with his hair when he sits on my lap. I never thought I would be a mom who was emotionally attached to her kids hair and I’m trying not to be. I just happen to like it long and crazy because it seems to be a part of him and his personality. Owen is a handsome kid no matter what hairstyle he has. I am lucky that he likes going to the hair salon and does very well while he sits in the chair… I mean, the go-cart! I’m grateful that he views getting haircut as a happy experience.
Today has been a quiet, but productive day. I’ve been busy but I enjoy setting my own pace. While Owen napped this morning, I cleaned the house. I’ve spent part of the afternoon updating pictures around my house. I hadn’t changed any of the photos since July. It was time to showcase some of our fall and holiday pictures. I love looking at my pictures and it can be so hard to pick which of the many get to be the one on display! The next thing on my to-do is to change my Scentsy scents around the house. I know, I am a wild woman! Cleaning, photo organizing, fiddling with my Scentsy! What a life… Oh there is a kid that I take care of too. He is pretty hands on so it’s hard to get much done while he is awake. Yesterday, he let me make cookies in the morning, but even still he was tugging on my leg asking for me to hold him. Holding a toddler and making cookies can be a complicated endeavor. I must lack talent in the multitasking department. These days I don’t try to multitask when Owen is up. I work on a few things, but mostly, it’s just hanging out with him and playing around. I really enjoy getting to be his buddy throughout the day. I don’t mind stopping my own agenda to goof off. The way I see it is these days are numbered. Days around the house just playing won’t always be our stage of life so I better soak it up while I can. I remind myself that school days are coming when my free time will come back (I daydream about this phase a lot). I remind myself that he’ll be a teenager some day and playing with Duplos on the floor won’t be his favorite thing. I got to make these moments count, right now. It’s such a blessing even though this time at home does come with it’s fair share of meltdowns, temper tantrums and fighting naps. I’ll take both the good and the bad. Keeps like interesting, right?