Here's a few things I've been thinking about lately:
- Last Thursday I met up with a parent of one of my students from last year. She is a super-lovely woman and I adored her daughter. Anyway, she asked how I was filling my days now that I'm not teaching. I replied that the days just seem to fill up and pass by quickly. Which they do. I find it quite surprising actually. I meet up with family and friends and go for walks more often. I do a lot of piddly things around the house. And yes, I'm definitely spending more time online --browsing, reading, commenting. It makes me wonder how we got everything done when Jen and I were both working and thinking I should have something more to show for all this extra time. Yet, with two months until Sprout's arrival, it doesn't seem like an ideal time to start something new. So, I thought I might try taking on something small. I contacted the local elementary school to see if they would like a volunteer once a week or so. Still no word back. I think I'd really enjoy it if they do seem receptive to the idea though.
- Inspired, in part, by rlg's post about reconnecting with her partner, Jen and I decide that once a week we will forego watching television and listen to a podcast our favourite radio program, This American Life, instead. It's still media-consumption, but it feels different than watching a TV show.
- The Bean continues to amaze us with his language explosion. I know everyone must be sick of hearing about it, but he is adding multiple new words and phrases every day. It just blows my mind. He has also started singing which I think it one of the cutest things ever.
- The other big Bean update is that we have stopped giving him a pacifier. It's been close to a week now, and is going fairly well. He didn't used cry (usually) when we put him down for a nap or bedtime, and he is now, but it only lasts a few minutes before he settles. We had discussed how to approach this, particularly with the new baby coming, for a while and were undecided on what to do, then one night Jen just said, "I'm not giving him a Nuk tonight", and that's been it. We've read warnings about them interfering with speech and orthodontia and wanted him off them completely by age two. Looks like it'll work out. Hopefully by the time Sprout is using them (if she uses them) he won't be interested anymore.
I guess that's about it for now. Tomorrow some photos from our visit to the pumpkin patch!