Four days left til the Apocalyse…

Well what can I say, think George and I have has a mavellous time together, managed to afford to take a year off and what a year it was!

From growing as a parent going through the spectrum of emotions, meeting other wonderful mums and dads going through just the same anxieties. Enjoying all the happiness and joy that Georgie has given us over the last ten and three quarter months!

Watching him change and grow into a little adventurer and clever one at that, when all the little ones were starting to crawl, George just gave us all the royal wave and we bowed at his creativity.

One of the skills, I think I have excelled at, is my creativity, it is one skill you can adapt to a range of jobs and raising children. I’m not into putting my little one in front of the tv, I get bored anyhow and feel that babies develop better with lots of playtime and stories.

Whilst being on my KIT days, (keeping in touch days) at work, which is something all mums/dads can do before returning to work. After you receive your last maternity stat pay, you can do up to ten days paid by your employer – this being any training, updates etc you need to do. It also helps you not feel under-confident and swamped when you return to work.

My time management has never been a strong point and for the last 5 years, I was always getting reminded by the boss about keeping up-to-date with my E-learning, now I have achieved nearly all of it in my KIT days, so I can concentrate on working with my patients.

Actually it felt quite nice being back at work, loads of changes but much easier than thinking about planning George’s day. Daddy has next week off to do all that while I have a full week at training, however minus the early morning wake-ups, it will feel like Respite.

The juggling will begin, offically when I start work, am still attending university part-time but it is fairly mild at the moment. An exam in March, will be exciting, just to add more craziness to the pot!

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Educating the boy

Due to the boy having a growth spurt this week, my sleep has been intermittent through the 24 hour period, and I’m surprised I haven’t fallen asleep on the sofa some days. I’ve learnt this week from various lovely mums that I should get the Wonder weeks App, this will inform me the specific leaps physical and mental my baby is having at certain times in his development. I am guessing George has a growth spurt this week but it could be a physical leap? I have yet to download app so will investigate.

Although another mum I spoke to did say her baby had a growth spurt around George’s age so hopefully it is. Sleep is better due to Georgie sleeping five hours straight this morning and waking dad, who slept through his alarm for work.

Dad was very thankful we have a George alarm clock.

This morning, George found out how Piglet escaped from his flooded home, he was rescued by Pooh and Christopher Robin in an umbrella. ┬áThis was followed by a two hour sleep then we had playtime. George then began to watch me eat every mouthful of my lunch, whilst drooling on his blanket. ┬áNext lesson was to watch one of Goldie Hawn’s classic’s Bird on a wire, which little G found most amusing and then started sucking Batman’s ears.

He educated me on his exploding nappies and then personal hygiene, and ended up wearing only his cookie monster vest.

By then I was exhausted and instead of our usual instalement of Empire Strikes back, I ended up reading a slightly easy read – Room on a broom before bath and bed.

Once upon a time …

Mornings with George consist of either a fairytale or nursery rhyme, it’s fab we now have books as we kept forgetting the words to the nursery rhymes. But some of the fairy tales are not very moral so may start making some up.

Then we have playtime, George has a selection of toys recently he appears to be arguing with them and throwing them across the room. He particularly loves Patsy the panda, caterpillar and his musical monkey.

I found myself reading him Winnie the Pooh the other day, crikey that is a strange book, it doesn’t make sense, well Pooh doesn’t make sense. Had to read the page twice to try and understand what I just read. George was feeding at the time and appeared to dose off so guessing he wasn’t bothered.

Although we don’t have a routine as such he appears to sleeping fairly well through the night, there are occasions when especially Saturday night he doesn’t sleep until 1 or 2am and will scream intermittently. Last night when mummy and daddy were getting ready for the next instalement of Game of Thrones, Georgie began to cry, luckily we could pause it and after seating adjustment we were allowed to press play. His eyes were glued to the screen, and then he fell asleep and we could hear baby snores.

It got to a crucial part and in the advert George appeared to be fully asleep, arms and feet swinging, I took him upstairs and tried to gently put him in his cot. Unfortunately his head brushed his new mobile toy and he was awake and started looking around at his new surroundings. Not liking this, he began to whimper, I was torn. Should I leave him and return to watch the end of GOT or maybe read a story???

What would you do??