The 2-year-old has regressed back to early early wake-up times. This is quite frustrating, as we were doing so much better for a while. I suspect he may be needing less during-the-day sleep, and he still takes pretty long naps. Unfortunately, it’s not such a straightforward thing to take time off the nap and hope to add it to the night. He’s a real bear when woken up before he wants to be. Someone once referred to the “half a nap” stage, and it’s no fun for anyone.
So, given the regression on that front, I’m writing this post in part to remind myself that some other things are moving forward quite well.
Off the Clock. I turned in a draft of the manuscript to my editor last month. She got back to me with feedback recently that was quite positive. So that was encouraging. I’m doing a round of edits now. I actually really like this book. Reading it, I feel like it might be my favorite so far. I am excited to share it with the world next year.
Media interviews. On Monday I did four quite lengthy recorded interviews for various podcasts. On Friday I’d done two others. When I do a lot in close succession, I hone my answers. Giving good, succinct responses is a skill like any other, and one it helps to practice.
Running. I did another sub-27 minute 5k on the treadmill the other day. I didn’t have to push particularly hard, so I can probably go faster. I also figured out a 5-mile route around my house that’s pretty easy to do, so I’m trying to do that more days when I can. I am almost to 6 months on my streak.
Reading. My tally for 2017 is now at 72 books. So I will definitely hit 100 by the end of the year (which was my goal).
The big kids. Last night while G played with the 2-year-old, I took the 3 big kids into the pool for about an hour. It was relatively relaxing. All of them can swim, so I could just hang out in the water, keeping an eye on them but not having to actively do anything. Progress!
The school year. We are almost done! All three kids who are in school had great teachers, and learned a lot. My fourth grader’s teacher made these adorable memory books for each child in her class. She had each child say what he/she likes most about each other child, and then compiled these. Of course I think my kid is awesome, but it’s just so wonderful to read two dozen other small people’s praise for him. Such as that he “always had a book in his hand” and that “he catches on to things quickly” and “he is not mean at all.” I am really glad to know my kid is not mean at all!
Photo: New bike helmet. She picked this one out herself. Their heads are growing too!