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.
It has been a while since I’ve done an update post, every day is the same while somehow managing to keep me on my toes. Jack is everywhere and fast. He’s the size of a 2.5-year-old with the strength to match, which makes for a terrifying combination in an 18-month-old. When I use the word terrifying I mean it, Jack keeps my adrenaline pumping. I’m completely willing to empty all the furniture out of the house and pad the walls, but Jacks Grammy and Daddy aren’t on board with that plan so we are compromising with a new baby gate instead.
In other news, I’m taking a part-time job for the Holiday season, which is terrifying as well. Not the job part, but the being out of the house and away from my son for large chunks of the day freaks me right out. He will have his Daddy and his Grammy both when I’m not here, and for that I am so grateful. However, in addition to being a complete control freak I am also a worry wort. Plus I’m going to have to leave detailed descriptions and instructions regarding aspects of Jacks daily life that while are second nature to me, will be a new ground for my Husband. I do need to relinquish my control and let my husband take the lead more, it will be good for me and good for his bond with Jack. Also I will be getting out of the house, and will hopefully be able to boss around people who aren’t related to me for a change.
Halloween is this weekend and I am very excited. Jack’s costume is just too darling and I’ve already taken so many pictures of him in it. Jack has also learned how to identify and say ‘pumpkin’. He carries around his Halloween bucket and we are trying to get him to say ‘trick or treat’. Jacks also very into ‘Peppa Pig’ on YouTube and will say ‘Peppa’. We also watched ‘Room on the Broom’, and the one about ‘ The Gruffalo’ on Netflix, and Jack was laughing out loud which was so cute. He’s really at a fun age and I’m really enjoying watching him blossom into a full-fledged little boy.