Next week, summer will officially be over in this house.
I’m sort of sad about it.
We had a really great, busy summer – the type of summer I always envisioned with kids. Weekend trips away, full weeks of summer camps, swimming lessons, trips to the parks and zoo, and a bunch of other random things thrown in there. Bryson changed leaps and bounds and turned into a bona fide toddler – walking, more talking, stacking blocks, holding his own with his brother, and turning into quite the comedian. Matthew turned into a big kid overnight – learning to be confident in the water, becoming an excellent talker (you’d never know there was ever a delay there!), mastering how to introduce himself to strangers and soliciting their names in return, and deciding that “I’ll do it myself!” is his preferred way to do EVERYTHING. Hottie and I somehow found our way out of a rather concerning slump and ended the summer completely in love with one another once again.
So yeah – a little sad to see it end.
But with this seasonal change, our routine is changing too and that’s a great thing! Matthew starts school again on Tuesday and will be going three half-days a week this year. I’m going to be his “room mother” – something I’ve wanted to do since we started talking about school but knew it would be too much last year with a new Bryson in the mix. Hottie’s role is changing a bit at work and he’s looking forward to the change, even if it means a loftier quota goal. He’s always up for the biggest challenges, and never fails. We’ll see how this year goes, but I have high hopes for him! I’m full-on back into my own health and fitness and have a lot of goals of my own in that department, as well as goals to not make things all about me, me, me while sticking to my health goals. I am a mother, first and foremost, after all! If I can find time to go to the gym every day, I can find time and ways to keep my kids engaged and soaking up the good stuff that life has to offer!
So this past week has been about transition.
Hottie had to take a work trip to NYC to better engage one of his clients, all while taking part in this fiscal year’s planning meetings remotely. The timing wasn’t great for him or his partner, but they made it work well enough. Kicking off the fiscal year is always a time of stress and extra work for Hottie and all of his coworkers – but it’s also a time of intense energy and optimism!
Matthew had his sneak-a-peak at school on Wednesday and was very excited to meet his new teacher (and sad to finally realize that he’s not going to see Mrs. E and Mrs. Y every day – he loved his teachers last year!). He did great meeting Mrs. S and Mrs. M and introduced himself to them like a pro! His new classroom is twice as large as last year’s, and I’m excited for him to have more space to explore. He’s already talking about going to Mrs. S’s “house” next week (everything is a house – the pork house, the chicken house, the yogurt house, Katie’s house (our hair stylist), etc.) and is super excited to play with his new friends!
Bryson is getting more comfortable with his mobility and is making me very aware that parenting him is going to be an entirely different experience than was parenting Matthew. He is so adventurous and always trusts that he’ll land on his feet (I hope he always does, literally and figuratively). He is so hilarious, even though he only has 10 words. He’s going to keep me very entertained when Matthew is in school! Bryson is still needing two naps a day, but sometimes he takes just one. Poor kid – he’s always in the car! This fall is going to be one of big-time effort kicking that one night-time feeding and probably weaning him. I just don’t think he’ll sleep through the night until he’s weaned. He likes to have a visit from mama (and her boobs).
I’ve spent the last week fine-tuning my fitness plan and finally have it worked out to not interfere with school and to maximize my one-on-one time with Bryson while Matthew’s in school. We bought a punching bag for the garage and I started running this week, so I’ll do those things on strength days and then serious cardio 3-4 days a week at the Y. I’ll still be going to the Y probably 6 days a week, but at times that work better for the boys. I’ve also taken a step back from a friendship this week that was becoming a bit toxic. I need to write a post all about that, just to get it out, but it’s worth a mention because I’ve been trying to find a way to step back for months but finally found a way yesterday – during transition week.
Like I mentioned earlier, Hottie and I have really found our ways back to one another. We left the boys overnight for the first time ever last Saturday in preparation for our trip to Colorado without them in two weeks. We plan to leave them again later in the fall for a weekend. We’ve been going out on more dates and have been really making each other a priority – and it feels great! We’re getting back into fitness together – the entire reason we met in the first place – and are working out together whenever we can. When I finished my 10 week fitness program on Saturday, Hottie and I went out for our night without the boys and he had a card for me that was so nice and so thoughtful – that I cried. He texted me last night after the frustrating exchange with my friend and told me that I’m a great mom and “AWESOME wife” – something I’m not sure he’s said much in the last couple of years (man, having young kids is hard on relationships, isn’t it? How do we forget to care properly for one another?). I know I’m riding on a high here, but it feels like a great transition that we desperately needed.
Change is good. Change is necessary. Change is the name of the game. I’m just glad we took a week to really focus on the transition and embrace what the changes mean. So often, things change without us noticing, but I knew back on 8/1 that this week would be one of reflection and transition – and it’s been good!
August 28, 2014 at 8:22 pm
Love this post and so happy things are going so well for you. I hope Matthew loves school and y’all can have just as awesome a school year as you did a summer!
August 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm
I so hope his school year is terrific! New teachers (even though I’m so sad to not have his old teachers), new friends (friends who don’t know that he WAS speech delayed so they’ll talk to him!), new challenges. It will be fun to see how it plays out!
August 29, 2014 at 7:39 am
You have a lot of great things to reflect on from this past summer. I always envy how much you guys are on the go and I know we need to get better about that – just dropping things and heading out of town for a couple days, or more activities for the kids. I hope the transition to your new schedule is a smooth one!
August 29, 2014 at 9:47 pm
I’m a mover and a shaker, which is obvious. I go crazy being at home all day. I wish I was a little more settled at home sometimes!
August 29, 2014 at 7:59 am
Super inspiring!!! You’ve had such a great summer.
August 29, 2014 at 9:47 pm
I worry that no other summer will compare to this one. It turned out pretty awesome!
August 29, 2014 at 8:52 am
This post made me so so happy!! Oh Courtney, I am so glad to hear of all the great things going on and your amazingly positive attitude. So great that your marriage is so strong right now as well. Good for you two for working so hard at it and getting that time together in. Sounds like you all had such a fun summer full of so many neat activities. I am sure you will have a great fall ahead as well by the sounds of it. I don’t know what else to say except I am so happy to read all of this! 🙂
August 29, 2014 at 9:48 pm
Thanks, Fiona! You had a pretty awesome summer too! I always envy your summers full of camp, fun, and family!