First of all, Charlie. Today he is 6 weeks old. He is such a lovely little boy, and his little face is so expressive already. He's been smiling for a couple of weeks, and he really is a content little thing. He is also very strong! He loves cuddles, and is happiest when he's in somebody's arms. His sleeping patterns are driving me slightly nutty at the moment. He seems to have coordinated his awake times with Georgie's sleep times. He has trouble sleeping well at night due to colic, (I have no idea what it is that I'm eating to upset him- I think he is super sensitive!) so he doesn't go to sleep properly until around midnight most of the time, and his nights can be quite restless. Which means he likes to sleep the morning away and wake up right when Georgie goes down for her nap. Then he goes down for a huge afternoon nap just as she wakes up. Fun times. However I have a feeling once his colic settles down, he could be a ridiculously easy baby. (fingers crossed!) He also love, love, loves music.
Georgie is being such a great big sister. She is surprisingly gentle with Charlie, and loves to be close to him. She has taken to all this so well (much better than her parents, if truth be told!). She is amazingly cheeky, and loves people. She flirts with strangers in the supermarket constantly and has so many people convinced that she is perfect. I'm pretty sure she has decided it's time to toilet train, which honestly, I'm not that thrilled about. I was perfectly happy to wait until she was two and Charlie was a bit older. However she has been displaying lots of signals, plus she hates having a dirty nappy, and will try and remove the offending foreign matter if I don't get to it fast enough or dress her in pants.
And so we have been toilet training. I'm taking it pretty slowly, for now we're just introducing the potty, and I've been surprised at how quickly Georgie seems to have picked up the concept. At the moment it is very much a game, but I think it will come in time.She is also getting to be such a great little helper. At times she gets in the way and makes things harder, but she is learning and she tries so hard. I'm noticing her copying and mimicking me so much, which is a bit scary, but nice.
Shane and I are going okay. We're noticing how much less time we seem to have together, but I know this is just a temporary thing, and in time we will develop a new normal. Shane's work is sending him away a lot lately, which is tough. He was in the city last week, and will be again this week and next week. But they are flying him back for the weekends. Plus next week, I'm going to fly down with the kids for a week, which will be really, really nice.
The real test is going to come in March though. That's when Shane has to go to Canada for a month. I am so jealous! I desperately wish I could go too. But I know that it's not going to be all fun and games for him either. He will be doing a lot of learning and training so he can implement things back here. But still... Canada? Without me? It's going to suck having him away for so long too. It will be the longest we've ever been apart. It might not seem like a big deal to some people. But Shane and I have never done the traveling husband thing. Sure, he used to work away a lot. But he was still always (at most) four hours away.... and this is a lot more than four hours away. However, we'll just deal with it when the time comes. But I'm looking forward to having him home for a long time after he does all this training! And hopefully it will make it a lot easier for him to do his job, because it has been very full-on for him lately and he is very tired.
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