Wow! Where has the time gone? It's been a good two weeks since I've had chance to sit and blog and it's frightening how quickly time seems to be passing by. The past month has been a blur, what with settling in visits at nursery for Munch and then my phasing back into work. We are getting used to our new routines and so far, touch wood, I've not been late for work yet - phew! I do hate tardiness so it would've have wound me up if I had been.
Nursery has brought with it a mixture of emotions. The first few visits were hard; I'd spent ten months in Munch's company and all of a sudden I had hours, then half days and finally full days without him. I felt lost and bewildered which made returning to work my escape. I cannot abide being on my own - I never have and I don't think I ever will; when left to my own devices I need things to occupy me or my choice is to sleep to pass the time quickly if that makes sense. Munch took to nursery very well, extremely well even. He bonded with his carer and got to play all day with other children which he thoroughly enjoyed. The change has been made easier as we haven't had to worry about him as much as we imagined. Yes, there are a few tears as he was/is dropped off in the morning but these are short lived. He has changed so much since being in constant contact with others. He learns from them and comes home with new expressions and skills which never fail to amaze us and make us smile.
My return to work was smoother than expected and after a good couple of weeks of phasing in I will return to full time work next week. My mornings are not very different other than my being aware of the clock to ensure we all get out of the house on time. The early starts are more welcome as it is these hours which give me my main contact with Munch on work days. The early feeds and that morning smile more than make up for the fact that I have probably woken sometime past 6.30am only a handful of times these past eleven months. My life after work is tough going though. By the time I get home from work Munch and Daddy have eaten and the bedtime routine is fast approaching. I normally snatch half an hour play and then bath, book and bed beckon - this has meant that I'm eating my evening meal on my own, which is a very strange experience, and it's later than I'd like but hey ho there's little I can do about it. I would say that I have loved being back at work as it has given me new energy and vigour for the time that I do get to spend with Munch. I've had the magical experience of a genuinely happy smiley face greet me when I get home; the emotions that beaming face conjures cannot be described using any words I know.
This month Munch and I will be travelling to York for the Twitter/blogger meet up that I've arranged. This month Munch will turn one. This month, I will be another year older too. This month Sprout and I will have been fully fledged parents for a full twelve months. This month is an extremely busy and exciting one - this time last year I had started maternity leave and was busy sitting on the sofa watching television and had finally succumbed to eating junk. This time last year I was 'fat' and thanking the heavens I'd made it to September without popping. What a difference a year makes huh?