Yes, my blissful maternity leave is almost over. In a little less than a month, I will be back to work full time with both boys spending a full day in day care. However, the director at the daycare said a week or so ago that Jack was demonstrating readiness to move to the Preschool program from the older toddler room this fall. She said he has hit the milestones and would be great to move up with the other children! We are so proud of him!
So much has changed since Jack was an infant and started in daycare. No more glass bottles (we use Coddlelife glass bottles as we feel they are safest for our children), only sleep sacks, no blankets and the list goes on and on. Jack never used a sleep sack, so we just bought one from Baby Gap that was on sale with an extra 40% off! Go me! And yes, I bought the 6-12 month one to get the most use out of it.
I have so enjoyed my maternity leave with my little ones. We were really able to spend the time together that was desperately needed. Jack has been able to spend more one on one time with me and Max has gotten to know his Mommy and his brother, as well as his Daddy.
Some of my projects that I have been working on have been completed or almost completed while I have been home. The cleanout? Well, that is an animal all in itself, but it is getting done. The dumpster will arrive Labor day weekend and many of the weekends in September will be spent cleaning everything out of the garage, attic and basement, as well as other areas.
One project for me that was very important was to create a photo book of all of the pictures with my Mom and Jack so that Jack can have that and look at it to remember her. That should be completed and ordered sometime this week from Shutterfly, and I just got a free photo book code, so it is a win-win!
Many of my days these past few weeks have been spent choosing things for our new house; tile, plumbing fixtures, granite, cabinets, siding, shingles, stone for the front, shutters, and the list goes on. Trying to get as much done as possible before I go back to work full time as I know that we will only have the weekends to get any major planning done as I will not have any vacation time left for the remainder of 2012.
The house is coming together and we should be going to settlement next week! We can’t wait!
Although I am going to miss all of this extra time with the boys, I know that working will allow me to be able to provide for them and also allow us to build and live in this beautiful house.
So, for now, I am cuddling with my little Max and enjoying some extra time with Jack while playing with cars and trucks. These are the moments that are most important for me.