A lot has changed around our house since my last post. I started a part-time seasonal job at a major retailer. It’s not a lot of hours at the moment, and so far only temporary, but I’m optimistic. My husband has been taking charge of Jack while I’m away at work, and so far the bonding time between the two of them has been really wonderful. Jack loves all the extra quality time with his Dad, and Jeremy really enjoys himself as well. I love coming home and finding them playing with toy cars or reading books. Jack doesn’t seem too bothered by my absence, in fact, I don’t think it really phases him at all, which is both a great relief and a slight disappointment.
However, Jack has been going thru a number of behavioral changes that trouble me, even though everyone I speak to about it insists they are normal behaviors of a one and a half-year-old boy. Jack hit’s, scratches, and bites me and only me for the most part. I do not believe this behavior is a result of my working because it stated before that. Jack’s ferocious temper has been making a nightly appearance as he is down to one nap a day. He goes to bed like a perfect little angel, sleeps approximately 45 minutes to an hour, then wakes up enraged for some unknown reason. He does not want a thing, and will barely tolerate my consolation, he struggles in my arms, but when I go to put him down he screams harder and reaches up for me. Every night we do this for an hour or two and usually some random activity will calm him down long enough so that he will accept sleep again.
In other news, I have applied to a local community college and have started the registration process. This is an important step on my “I don’t want to work in retail forever” to do list, also known as my “I hate khaki pant’s and here’s what I’m doing about it” list. I haven’t decided on a course load yet, I want to get my feet wet first before I decide to take on a full load. I’m up for the challenge, I just don’t want to bite off more than I can realistically chew, but again, I am optimistic.