My last day of work was Wednesday, and for 2 days now I've enjoyed being home full time. It's not much, but last time I was miserable and ready to pull my hair out on day 1. They're both at good stage s right now. Chris is really fun - communicating well, even talking enough to have a small conversation, and he likes doing anything. Alex is very portable. He likes seeing people and watching kids, and he's been a lot happier lately. Chris was the age Alex is now when John went back to work full time and I was ready to die being left alone with Chris all day. I honestly did not think I could make it a day. But Alex is a much more chill 7.5 months old. He is starting to move around, but his first goal isn't always the single worst thing in the room for him to touch. Plus, all those things are gone now anyway.
I've been looking into preschools for Chris, which is hard to believe. There's one in Hopedale that seems fine (the public one). It's about a block and a park from my house. Maybe a 5 minute walk, which is enticing. Then there's a Montessori school in Grafton on a farm. I'm very tempted. It's probably a 15 minute drive. We're going to check that out, too. http://silverspruce.org/index.html
And as for the use of this as a sort of journal to remember milestones... Chris is finallly starting to get the colors right, although sometimes still forgets. He wants to know the name and singer of every song that he hears (which is more difficult to answer than I would've thought). He loves the Indigo Girls:) - especially "Cold Beer and Remote Control," which he knows far too many words to. He also has continued his obsession with counting, and he can count to 20 in English and Spanish, and to 10 in French (almost to 20), Japanese and German, and to 5 in Vietnamese (and is limmited by how quickly John and I can memorize the cheat sheet my dad wrote out for us. Alex is starting to move around more and more. He rolls, scoots backwards, etc, and can scoot along on his bum while seated (and change direction that way). He hasn't figured out forward motion, though, which drives him nuts as he can only move away from where he istrying to go. He's also trying to be part of our conversations, but of course none of the noises sound like words just yet. He hasn't really tried to pull lup, but he can hold his weight if you balance him on his feet.
Week Twenty Two of #45: Read. Act. #Resist
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