With children, life is a series of adjustments. They're born, then you adapt by learning how to read their cues and surviving on very little sleep. They start to crawl, then walk, and you learn to head off their descents into danger and to open a child-locked cabinet with a gracful flick of the wrist.
Most recently, my family has been struggling with school withdrawal. Sheesh, I know it's only 2 mornings-a-week preschool (how do you parents with school-aged kids deal with summer?) but it's been a difficult transition, hence the lack of blog posts lately. It's also been a period of time that Soren hasn't regularly been going to his grandparents, since my mom has taken on the role as caregiver to my brother's twin babies. It's been a rough month here, to say the least.
I've mentioned many times before that Soren is a highly-energetic, physical, and curious child. As a result, he's bored here at home.
And with a baby who needs his naps and downtime, it's hard to plan daily activities for a preschooler outside of the home. We've had some real nightmarish days of late, with him running around, screaming, goofing off, putting hands in my butt, etc. This child's inability to focus or be serious is maddening and inspires anger in me that I never knew was there. It's like living with a not-so-witty Russell Brand.
But unlike in the past, I trust that this is a phase that I will adapt to eventually. I'm counting on all this adaptation and life under pressure to turn me into one hell of a diamond.
Any tips for surviving the summer, short of checking myself into a looney-bin?