Well today technically started at 2am when Monkey woke up crying. It is so rare for this to happen these days that I actually bolted upright in my bed with surprise. I’d had the late night remember (in Monday’s wrap up) so I was a bit startled to be jolted awake less than 4 hours after going to sleep. I was so startled that as I raced into Monkey’s bedroom to see what the hell was going on I totally forgot that I’d recently put a toddler gate on his door to stop him creeping out at bedtime.
I connected with that MOFO. Damn. Hopefully that should keep its existence firmly planted into my memory banks for next time. And we are off to a cracking start to the day.
I couldn’t settle Monkey in his room so I took him back into bed with me which is a rare occurrence in this house. Long term readers would be familiar with the fact that I can’t stand co-sleeping. Sometimes though, it’s the only option. So that’s what we did.
Tuesdays are busy little days for us. We have our swimming lesson at 9am which Monkey really loves although he was a little rascal today. And then straight after we head to the world’s best playgroup at the TAFE. For my US friends TAFE is kinda like what your community college is I suspect. It’s a post school training facility. One of the courses they run is child care so the students from the course run the playgroup. It’s amazing as they are all trying so damn hard to make it innovative and fun. Each week is a little bit different. There are stations located all over the site so there are easily 10+ different things for each kid to do. There’s a waitlist to get into this playgroup but once you are in you are in. I won’t be giving up our spot until Monkey goes to school. It really is awesome.
After playgroup we did a little grocery shopping. Normally I try to avoid it with Monkey these days as he has gone off the trolley seat but he sat in there today like a good boy so it was sooooooooo much easier. After shopping I ducked home and put the freezer/fridge stuff away and then I took Monkey for a little drive to get him off to sleep. It’s a total cheat I know but way easier than negotiating with him to go to bed. I don’t know why he fights it so hard as he always needs to be woken from his day nap these days. He clearly needs the sleep.
During naptime today I had some lunch and wrote yesterday’s post and drafted the first part of today’s. Then I let myself have some fav show time. There’s something about sitting back and watching a show that I find uber relaxing. I try to do a little bit of it every time Monkey has a day sleep as if I just rush around or even blog the whole time I feel like I haven’t really had any proper time out. It helps keep me sane.
Monkey slept for aaaages today and I didn’t wake him at 3:30pm like I usually would. He slept until 3:50pm so it wasn’t as late as it could have been. We stayed in this afternoon and had a great time playing. I bought him a train sticker book for $1.50 when I did the groceries so we mucked about with that for awhile. It’s his first ever sticker book so it was pretty fun for him. We also ate some watermelon together and he watched some Wiggles while I hung photos on the wall that have been sitting around in frames for over a month now so all in all it was a fun afternoon. It was so good to be able to stay home.
Bedtimes have been a bit of a nightmare again lately. I cuddled with him on the bed to get to sleep while we were away and now it seems I need to break that habit as all he says is “Lay down, Mummy. Lay down” at bedtime. It breaks my heart but tonight I said no. I still needed to sit at the door of the bedroom though. After an hour I’d had enough (although it’s a great chance to catch up on blogs!) and went to have a shower. He screamed from his room the whole way through. I came back, cuddled him (he looked so sad), put him to bed and sat outside the door of his room. This time he was asleep in 10mins. Man I hope this gets easier. Where’s my baby that happily played in bed while falling asleep??? Fingers crossed for no 2am calls tonight.
So that’s a pretty typical Tuesday for us. Linking up with the delightful Kerry over at Winding Road for the Day in the Life series. I wonder what she has been up to this Tuesday?
PS…Don’t forget this was last Tuesday. Today I’m actually on board a flight to the US of A. At the time of publishing I’m probably somewhere above the Pacific Ocean…STILL.
Best part of today? Staying in and hanging with my little monkey this afternoon. We had so much fun.