This weekend my brother came to visit us. It was the first time he’d been up to stay since Phoebe had been born, and it was lovely looking through old photos with him, including this gem! [Sorry for pinching it Dad, it’s not the only one you might recognise!] I couldn’t resist.
Tomorrow November begins. Phoebe’s tenth month [she will turn 9 months], a month closer to Christmas, a month of more cold, a month of words, and a month closer to going back to uni. I feel like my year off uni has shot past- I’m sure I have six months left; apparently it’s now only three.
I have been trying to plan my Nanowrimo for this year; I’ve been learning lots by planning and outlining; I’ve been reading a book on my kindle which has been really helpful and made me realise mistakes I’ve been making without realising it. It so happens that tomorrow is the time I’ve decided to start making a proper schedule with Phoebe, to try and help her with napping in the day, so novel writing and sleep training are going to coincide! Not sure if this is a good plan, but I think it’s necessary.
Whilst Phoebe has been sleeping through the night for a while [albeit often thrown out by illness, clock changes or change of scenery], her naps have always been more difficult. Each day is different, she wakes up at different times and therefore when she is tired is different every day, as well as where we are when she needs a nap. We had managed to get her to nap fine, if only for half an hour, until she learnt to stand herself up. Now, instead of lying down and getting herself to sleep she stands up, and shrieks. Inevitably after lying her down repeatedly and or leaving her for a bit, I have to soothe her to sleep somehow. This is only really a problem at nap times, not bedtime, but I think she’s used to the routine in the evening. Anyone have any tips?!
My mind today is somewhere between excitement and anticipation of what November will bring, nostalgia of childhood, and gladness for each coming season and each new thing Phoebe is learning. I’m not sure how writing a novel and writing my blog and living life generally are going to interact; I’m really hoping that my inspiration won’t dry up, but multiply over the next month.
S0, let’s go fly a kite! Anyone else coming?