This time next week Munch will have his first settling in session at the nursery that we have chosen for him. He starts exactly two weeks before my first day back at work; partly for him to get used to his new surroundings and new faces but mostly for me to adjust to being without him. I am not looking forward to going back and I wrote about my feelings here.
This is my final full week with our dear, beautiful boy until our break in September and as luck would have it, it is this week that our bathroom is being done so we are stuck indoors! Bah. Our weekly routine of seeing all grandparents comes to an end as does the time he spends with his cousin. We are about to deal a real blow to not just ourselves but to those around us too. We have been in our current routine since the start of the year so we will all have been used to our comings and goings for a full seven months.
The grandparents have watched him grow and develop on a weekly basis; how we are going to fit visits in around us both working, running the house and family time we have not a clue. How do we strike the balance and keep everyone happy? The going to work and running a house has me scratching my head in wonder before I've even gone back yet! In these seven months he has gotten to know his cousin and she him. The jealous behaviour that we saw at first has been replaced with excitement and happiness when they see one another; the developing of this relationship I will work hard to maintain. As a child I never got to know my many cousins; they lived on an entirely different continent which hampers things a little, and so it has made me want to create a close bond between our son and his cousin. I feel it part of our responsibility to forge the family relationship in these early years; our children can only have such relationships when us as parents work at making the effort and making time for them I believe.
Our weekly baby sensory group stops too. I have watched him go from being the youngest to now being one of the older members and the time has come to move into the preschool group. He has gone from being a babe in arms and having to be taken to the quiet area when he became overstimulated, to a mobile baby who is off exploring everything including the younger babies. I will miss this group very much. There are three of us Mums and there are but three weeks between our children; we have shared our experiences and watched as the boys interact evermore week on week. Munch and I will be moving to the preschool group which fits in with my work schedule; they will be going to a different group - will our paths cross again?
Swimming has come to an end just as the little man was getting used to being in the water on his back. Sprout and I have decided that we will go to the local pool as a family instead. We will return to lessons once Munch is a little older and understands instructions but for now we want to keep him water confident at the very least.
We have many lasts this week and are about to experience a raft of new beginnings. There is trepidation as with any change but there is an air of excitement that exists too; as time ticks by there is a sadness as I say goodbye to this life which has given us both so much comfort, Munch and I have had an idyllic seven months but we move forwards to pastures new of sorts. Are we ready? There are many, many firsts coming our way; we just need to remember to note them all down!