I am ridiculously excited for the upcoming holiday season. I always think of "The Holidays" as starting with Halloween. I have all three of them off work, and I just cannot wait. We tried Elijah's Halloween costume on him today to make sure it fits still. It's a hand-me-down from Sophie, but it's just what I've always wanted for my first child's first Halloween. Stay tuned and I'll post a picture after Wednesday.
In keeping with the ridiculous excitement, I already have Elijah's first Christmas present.
I think he'll probably get mostly clothes because he is already wearing 12 month outfits and we don't have a lot of 18 monthers. But the Toyland at the Farm and Fleet near our house opened recently! Nathan tried to ban me from going in there. Silly husband!
Up until now, Elijah has taken a morning nap, just about everyday. Usually between nine and ten, he passes out and sleeps for a half hour to an hour. But it is his late morning nap at 11:30 that I really count on to get things done or take a nap myself before going to work. I've noticed that if he takes a long morning nap, his other one is much shorter. So, I have been trying to abolish the morning nap. It hasn't been easy, and it's still not everyday, but we're definitely working on it.
I've been told to just let him nap when he wants to, but he wakes up happier from his later nap if he sleeps longer. Any thoughts?
Today is Elijah's nine month birthday! I still find myself seeking out other moms, mostly those with kids around his age, or my own mother, for advice. I feel like I should have a better grasp of things at this point, and for the most part I do. But when he's not feeling well, or if we're getting close to some milestone or talking about changing his routine a little, I start feeling very insecure.
I realize this is only going to matter to a few people, but, very exciting news around our house recently. We have found the blue ring! The rock-a-stack has been minus it's blue ring for the last couple months or so because we had no idea where it was. We have an old-style one, so the blue ring is actually the smallest. I was walking through the living room the other day and looked up at the shade of our floor lamp and noticed something blue in it. Sure enough, there it was. There has been much speculation about how it got there.
Yesterday we had shift-bid at work for next year. In case anyone is interested I will be working 2nd shift 3-11 pm for the first eight months of the year with Tuesday-Wednesday weekends. I will then move to 3rd shift 11 pm to 7 am for the last four months with the same weekends. I also took my two weeks vacation one week being for Elijah's first birthday and the other, the last full week in June, so hopefully I can be at Ribfest this year.
It didn't turn out quite how I wanted, but I'm sure it'll be just fine!
For more 7 Quick Takes, check out Jen's blog!