OKAY. Last class tomorrow, easy peasy paper presentation, fun no-stress suturing workshop, and that's it. Yay! So I can catch up with you all...
Thinking of Ducette and being 9 months preggo. Wishing you a wonderful last few days/weeks and a beautiful birth!
Lily is into: Art. Drawing, painting, stamping, cutting out and gluing. Playing vet or doctor, or any imaginary play. Loves talking about and imaginative play about "scary things" like zombies and ghosts and monsters. Dinosaurs - books, toys, etc. She is interested in reading and writing; wants us to write words describing her pictures and is starting to sound out short words. Can write most letters and will label her own pictures if you spell the words for her. We have one of her signs in our window, barely readable by anybody but us, that says, "NO MONSTERS."
Also is always "doing acrobatics" (her words) and wants us to sit while she climbs all over us and flops around.
I get a lot of away-from-Lily time. It is 1. fascinating (gyn clinic, some classes, parts of call), 2. boring (some classes), or 3. stressful (call), or some combination of those, and does not fulfill my need for "me" time. I do still crave FUN me time and occasionally will grab an hour or two from a day when the nanny is here and I'm supposed to be doing homework to go to Goodwill or whatever. But that's relatively rare, and I am looking forward to returning to my other, longer-term hobbies that I can't focus on during school. Usually my idea of a good time is taking Lily with me to do errands or we go to OMSI/the zoo/etc. together, because I feel like I don't see her enough. DH and I are looking forward to doing more things alone together, like dates, etc. but I feel like what's hindering us is me being in school more than having Lily. I think once I am done with school and start working we will have both more money and more time with which to enjoy ourselves.
Sherri, I too find it hard to get into imaginative play with kids. Sometimes I can do it for a short while, but I quickly tire of it. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I often tell Lily that I am enjoying myself doing something that's interesting to me (cooking, reading, whatever) and that she can join in, but that I'd rather not: pretend to be a monster, be a trampoline, read her books out loud, etc. It's a balance - sometimes I do feel like I need to be more engaged with her. But she gets an awful lot of focused, one-on-one stuff from the nanny all day and often in the evenings she *wants* to play by herself. I also think it's different for me since I am away from her so much.
I can't believe I'm done for the quarter. I keep feeling like there's something more I have to do...
Thinking of all of you and looking forward to my sock mail! w00t!