The W Family Chronicles

Let’s have something different, shall we?

Posted on: August 19, 2007

I know I’ve been whining a lot lately.  It’s boring and annoying and I’m sick of it myself.  So today, only good news!

C is officially walking.  He had been taking steps on his own, but was mostly content to crawl.  Well, last week that all changed!  He is now walking probably 90% of the time and is so very proud of himself.  He’s also doing really well with learning not only words, but signs as well.  He is such a monkey…he will climb anything.  I have found him on top of the kitchen table several times and he can climb out of his crib…not that it matters since he doesn’t sleep in there anyway!  He is still sleeping with us, though he does frequently nap in his own room on a queen size mattress on the floor.  I can usually get him to go to sleep for at least the first part of the night in there, too.  D and I are enjoying having our space back, even if it’s only for a few hours.

J starts his 2nd year of preschool tomorrow.  He’ll be going 3 days a week this year.  It’s only 3 hours each morning, but we’ve decided to  enroll him in the “lunch bunch” one day a week, so he’ll get an extra hour on those days.  He loves board games and can beat both D and I at pretty much any game he can play.  We bought Monopoly Jr last week and we’ve all had fun playing it together.  He is writing very well…I often get asked to spell things so he can write them down and make “letters” for people.  Some of you may have gotten these little notes in the mail or by fax.  I hope you enjoy them as much as he enjoys writing them.

D is doing well at work.  His 2 projects were canceled, but 1 may be coming back.  He’s going to be doing more traveling, starting this week.  He’ll be in New Orleans for a few days and I am SO jealous.  I haven’t been there since May 2001, before getting pregnant with J.  It’s one of my favorite places, but New Orleans isn’t the most child friendly spot so we haven’t been back for several years.  His blood pressure appears to be down to a normal and safe level.  He’s been watching his diet and trying to exercise and it seems to be working.  He’s also lost some weight and looks really good.

As for me, we discussed me going back to work last night.  Ultimately we decided that the best thing for me to do was to go back to school and pursue a career in healthcare.  I started out in college as a nursing major but ultimately switched to marketing.  Looking back, that was probably not the best move but I had decided that nursing was not for me.   I’ve changed my mind again, though, and feel that ultimately that’s where my heart is.  So after we have baby #3 (yes, we have a timeline for that, and no, we’re not sharing) and s/he is in preschool, I’ll start taking some classes.  It’s a long way down the road, but it feels good to have a plan in place.  It would be difficult for me to just jump back into the world of work after so many years away, anyway.  With a new degree, it will be much easier to find a job that interests me and that pays well.  So I’m excited that I at least have a plan for life after babies…I love being a mom but sometimes it makes me feel like I’m not doing enough.  And once all of my kids are in school, I know I’m going to need something to occupy me.

So there’s some good news!  Things in general are really good here at the W house, and for that we are all very thankful. 🙂

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2 Responses to "Let’s have something different, shall we?"

Just something to think about from my experience. I have 2 kids in school now and you don’t have all this time that you think you will. Between driving to 2 seperate schools with various p/u times, volunter work at the schools, household duties and other expectations from the schools life is much busier now that they are in school. I thought I would have all this time to myself but that’s not how it is. Since I’m there now I thought I’d share my experience with you. You of course don’t have to agree and know what’s best for you and your family. I just figured since I’m a couple years ahead of you it couldn’t hurt to share. Best of luck!
Erika
SAHM of 2 in CA

This is true, and it’s definitely something we discussed. We hope that I can find something that is part time and has some flexibility. If that’s not possible, then we’ll have to weight the benefits of a full time job. Mentally, I think it’s something I need and financially, it would really help if I was working. BUT, if it comes to the detriment of the kids then we’ll have to re-evaluate. But yeah, we did consider that. Plus I figure probably 90% of their classmates will have working moms, so surely they figure it all out somehow, right?

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D is the dad, the husband, and the breadwinner. All around nice guy and good at pretty much everything he does. It's disgusting, really. But makes him worth keeping around.

M is the mom, the wife, and the hopeless housekeeper. At least the kids' heads haven't fallen off yet. Beyond that, she sucks at the "stay at home" thing. Oh, and she's the blogger.

J is the big boy. Born October 11 2002, he is in kindergarten and loves it. Now 6 years old, and too smart for his own good. Talks a lot but extremely entertaining.

C is the little boy. Born June 26, 2006, he went through a lot in his first year but is doing just fine now. The only blond in the family, so his paternity is routinely questioned by rude strangers.

V is our baby girl. She is brand new and arrived in January 2009. So far everything is going well. We're thrilled to have added the final piece to our family puzzle. And yes, she WILL be the final piece!

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