This is not something I admit very often, but the past few weeks I have been overwhelmed with everything I am trying to do. It is a new feeling for me, and I have to say... I do not like it. I guess I have a limit. To recap- this is what I have on my plate:
- Lots of freelance work. Yes, actually earning some money and having adult responsibilities are great... but now I have responsibilities!
- Volunteer work at the hospital. I love the parent council and am so excited about what we are doing, but there is a time commitment.
- Working on my book. I am working on my book proposal and trying to figure out who to send it to.
- Irene. Love her to death, but that girl LOVES attention!
- Sam. Trying to do all of the above without having Sam in day care or full-time help at home is hard... especially when Sam will not nap half the time.
- No parents! This one has been really hard. My parents have been on the trip of a lifetime to Africa for a MONTH. I knew I leaned on them, I just didn't realize how much
- Trying to have a little bit of a life. Mixed in with all of this is my desire to have a bit of a life. There is only so much time one can spend isolated before they go a little crazy. I think i have hit that point
The flip side to all of this is the fact that Sam is thriving and developing perfectly. He was evaluated on Friday by a physical therapist who said he had the motor skills of a corrected 7 month old, not a 6 month old. She was especially impressed with Sam's attempts to crawl. I am still trying to get his method on video, but have not been successful yet.
Sam is eating food like a champ- he just loves having his solid foods at the same time we eat. I guess we have a social eater on our hands. So far, everything i have given him he has loved- except for spinach. Like with Irene, I am back to making all of his food. At first, I was going to purchase baby food, but the guilt was too much for me. It just seemed wrong not to be making his food... so I am.
Irene has had a great time at the Head-Royce summer camp. Being in the pool everyday has really helped her swimming skills. I will be curious to see what her evaluation from the teach will be... we know she is a smarty pants- but she has trouble focusing in class- she would rather socialize!
Peter and Irene also took a 4 day trip to Texas so Peter could attend his high school reunion and Irene could spend quality time with her grandparents. Apparently, the high Texas heat was a hit with Irene because it meant she got to play in the sprinklers and throw water balloons every day. The visit was great for both Peter and Irene. I loved having Sammy all to myself- but it was tiring. Not getting a break at all from Sam was ... taxing. Luckily, he is cute.
Here are a number of videos and pictures from the past few weeks: