I am feeling incredibly well-rested right now. I don't want to jinx this but long-time readers know that the 2-year-old has been a source of sleep woes for, oh, the past 2 years or so. He still gets up early but in the past few weeks we have had a few more mornings of sleeping past 6 a.m. The past two nights I have forced myself into bed by 10 p.m., with the result being that I have woken up before my toddler. Oh, is it wonderful to wake because your body wants to wake up, as opposed to being woken up by someone screaming "Mommy! Open the door!" (We have a baby-proof handle on the door so he can't wander around the house). This morning I woke up around 6 a.m. and was in the process of getting up when I must have fallen back asleep because next thing I know it was 6:45 a.m. and it was light out. Crazy times.
We often watch Dora the Explorer together in the morning. He has a mild preference for PAW Patrol, but PAW Patrol has at least 3 commercial breaks in a show, whereas Dora has none. This is key for whatever adult happens to be up with him, as being tugged at every 7 minutes to fast forward through the commercials is a much less relaxing way to greet the morning than simply being able to chill for 22 minutes. The little guy is now old enough that he knows to interact with the show ("Map! Map!")
He also has successfully tried the potty a few times now! All my kids have expressed interest around age 2, and then lost interest for a while until they made the transition around 3, so I am not reading too much into this. But at bath time the other night he told G (nanny) that he needed to go, and she put him on the toilet and he went. So he gets the concept.
The 9-year-old came home from swim practice very excited the other night because he got promoted to the next level group. This is going to require reworking the activity schedule (and one practice ends at 8:30 p.m. which is going to really throw a wrench in the works), but now that wrestling is over we have a bit more wiggle room. I am very proud of him. He worked hard for this.
The 7-year-old was my date for Valentine's Day last night. I took him out to a sushi place nearby, which was absolutely packed! Turns out lots of people go out for Valentine's Day, even if it's on a Tuesday. He gobbled up the edamame but I couldn't convince him to have anything other than white rice. Oh, and orange bubble soda, which he thought he looked really cool drinking, especially in his leather jacket (yes, my 7-year-old specifically requested a leather jacket for his wardrobe. And he insists on jeans, whereas the 9-year-old will only wear sweat pants).
The 5-year-old continues to prove that her social instincts are far superior to mine. She insisted that I bring her to a classmate's birthday party recently, because she knew a new friend and, more importantly, that new friend's mommy, would be there. "That way you can meet her mommy, and then you two can arrange a playdate," she told me. Maybe I should just get her a phone so she can bypass me.
In other news: Do you have a favorite TED talk? I welcome some suggestions of lesser known ones. I've found it's something I can listen to in the car. And I seem to be in the car an awful lot for someone who doesn't commute.
My husband and I met 14 years ago today.
Jen Dziura suggests you make your future self your Valentine.
The Papercraft Lab, run by frequent commenter ARC, has been retooled as a mother-daughter business! Anandi and her 7-year-old daughter are now importing super-special European notebooks, perfect for bullet-journaling or more run-of-the-mill writing. I love the idea of involving kids in an enterprise like this. It's perfect for teaching them math and writing and other such skills in an actually useful context.