I have no idea where the time has gone, but the geekson is now 9 months old, and I have to start preparing for my return to work in 3 months’ time.
I knew from when I started my maternity leave that although I wanted to stay off work for the whole of the geekson’s first year, I wanted him to start nursery at 9 months. This is partially so I can have some “kid-free” time to arrange my return to work, which is a complicated situation, and partially so that I can make the most of my maternity leave with both children, by having some dedicated “one to one” time with each of them. So as of next week, both kids are in nursery on Mondays, with the geekson then in on Thursdays, and the geekdaughter on Fridays. This results in one “kid-free” day per week for me, and one dedicated day with each child. I’m really looking forward to it! The geekdaughter and I have a list of all the things we’re going to do together on Thursdays, but that will have to be another post.
In preparation for his start at nursery next week, the geekson has two “visiting” sessions this week. Each is for just two and a half hours, to allow him to settle in. His first one was yesterday.
The geekson has the advantage of already being very familiar with nursery, as he has come with me to drop the geekdaughter off twice per week for the last few months. I tend to just sit him on the floor in the geekdaughter’s room whilst I sign her in and chat to her key worker quickly, and he tends to just crawl around or watch what the other children are doing. He’s not at all bothered about it. All the staff know him already, and he knows them. So yesterday was not really any different, other than we walked into a different room. I popped him down on the floor, he started exploring and playing, and the geekdaughter and I left. We had some quality Mummy/daughter time at our local farm which has a great adventure playground.
Thankfully the geekson did as well as I expected. He was very tired when I collected him, as he’d missed his morning nap, but the reports were that he had been happy and smiley, and no problems.
On friday I have the luxury of both children at nursery for the morning. And you know what? I’m celebrating by having my hair cut!