Finding time for myself
We’ve had a busy week (when do we not?!) at WWP HQ. Firstly, little Georgie turned one which itself leads to a number of changes around here. Not least the potential for me to finally have some time to myself.
I wrote a bit about this earlier (Stop growing up). Our children appear to be growing so fast. Some of the changes have mixed reactions, I was ecstatic to get rid of the steriliser earlier this week, but my wife shed a tear or two. I guess to a mother it means she no longer has a little baby anymore.
Another more momentous change is that we’ve decided that Georgie needs to start mixing more with children her own age. She already goes to a couple of baby groups, but we thought that nursery is an important next step in socialising our child. Firstly we looked at Galla’s nursery school, but their baby room only takes children for a full day session and we only want to put her in for a morning or two. Then we found a new nursery that has opened in our village that has more flexible times.
We had a visit and were immediately impressed by the setting. It has a small baby room that takes a maximum of 6 children and despite the small operation it has a lovely big outdoor play area. The staff were lovely too. We were sold.
This week Georgie has been having her settling in sessions. We did an hour initially with me there to get her used to the setting. She was more than happy to play with the helpers in the room and mix with the other children, she only came up to me a couple of times. The next session was for a couple of hours where I would leave her. It coincided with her teething so she was a bit grumpy but it meant that she was tired and managed to have a nap there which was great. After that she was happy to play and even did a bit of finger painting. Which is great as at home Galla has the monopoly on the paints and I’m not the most creative person when it comes to arts and crafts.
So it all seems to be going really well. My wife again isn’t so happy with this transition as the youngest of our children moves on in the world. But I’m pretty happy about it to be honest. Initially Georgie will be going to nursery on Galla’s regular day off school so it will mean time for me to take her back to swimming lessons. Which have been on hold since Georgie arrived as I can’t take both girls to the pool. We will have some quality time together which I’m getting to enjoy more and more these days as she gets older.
Then after a month Georgie will be having an additional morning at nursery. This will be the first time I will be completely free of parental responsibility. Let me rephrase that, the first time I have a morning without a child hanging off me or a baby monitor on in the background. To be honest I dreamt of these sort of days when I first started being a stay at home Dad. I didn’t realise it would take over year to achieve just one morning a week off.
What will I do with myself?? Get back on the bike? Get back into running? Start a new project around the house? It is really important to take some time for yourself when you’re a parent and I am rubbish at it. Watch this space.
What do you get up to when you get some precious free time?