It’s the 5th of the month again – time to ask “what are you actually doing the whole day?” (a question that I indeed ask myself every so often…).
My day started at around 4am when Karsten entered one of his “I am sleeping, but my body feels like doing some workout”-phase. Something I had to face quite a lot during the last nights, so I am thinking about sleeping in the guest room this weekend. At 5:30am the little alarm clock went off…far too early, so I took the alarm and cuddled, hoping that it’ll snooze for another hour. But no, the little one decided to be terribly tired yet not in the mood for some deep sleep. So she twiddled with my arm (have I mentioned that she is obsessed with arms?). She twiddled with my arm for a solid hour and a half. At 7am when she was still pretending to be too tired to wake up yet scratching and squeezing my arm so it was impossible for me to go back to sleep either, I lost my patience and decided that we can as well get up (yes, I do loose my patience sometimes and I admit that this morning I probably woke Karsten up by loosing it as the patience was shouting “Jesus Christ, just close your eyes and sleep, but stop twiddling my arm!!”). So, morning milk bottle (prepared to the sound of a tired toddler) and afterwards quick shower and a coffee.
Later that morning the little one and I went to the singing class. I have mentioned the singing class before….by now, we are attending the second course. It’s still just my friend and myself. And we are still singing one song for the whole 45 minutes. But the little one loves it, so I am happy. Though she is developing some quirks. I especially love the moment when the teacher says “Now please take your baby and hold it on your lap!”. At that point, the little one starts to revolt loudly and runs away. Typically, she’ll sit on the teachers lap a minute later, being completely content. Not sure if I should take it personally? As soon as the music starts, the little one starts dancing which is really cute. But god forbid if I want to do something with her together. Another typical situation: the teacher sits at the electric piano and plays the song while we are supposed to dance in a circle (yes!). So: my friend and her son are dancing in a circle, the teacher plays piano, the little one hides behind the teacher and I have to hop around alone, feeling slightly odd. I sometimes wonder if there is a hidden camera somewhere.
After the singing, it’s always hard to arrive back home without the little one falling asleep. The construction side in our street helps as she is always keen to wave at the digger. And today our grass was mowed which is always another highlight for the little one. So, after a quick lunch I put her down to sleep and luckily she was tired enough to sleep for more than two hours, yeeeeeh! I decided to leave the housework alone and relax and actually managed to watch “the perks of being a wallflower” while I was eating lunch….YEAH!
The afternoon was relaxing too. With the little one being in a good mood (I love well-rested toddlers!) and no appointments, we played a lot, had some fruits and went outside to meet our neighbour’s kids at the playground. With her 14 months the little one is extremely independent. She even manages to slide down the slide on her own and with the other kids around she is more than occupied. Karsten came home early as he is looking forward to the weekend and we had some nice time in the sandbox. He made plans for tomorrow which will give me a free Saturday morning (our neighbour wants to borrow our child and the carrier in order to practice as he is going to be a father too. Though he still needs to adapt to the daily schedule…his plan was to first sleep long and then enjoy a cosy breakfast with his wife before he goes for a walk at around lunchtime. Haha. Nice try. If you want to practice walking with a child, you should do it under real conditions ;-)).
The evening was, guess what, relaxing too. Mainly because I was too lazy to cook, so we had one of the very rare moments where we order take-out food. Actually I would love order take-out more often but since a simple Thai-Curry costs 20CHF as take-out (welcome to Switzerland!) I normally decide to cook myself (which is of course so much more healthy, yes, yes, I know). The food was delicious and well worth the money (!), and it was followed by the normal evening routine. Now the little one is sleeping and we’ll continue the relaxation with a movie. Karsten is about to make some popcorn after he asked my permission. (Yes, he has to get my permission to do popcorn. Because the first time he tried to do popcorn I was sitting in the living room with our friends when Karsten suddenly ran to the balcony with a smoking pot in his hand, shouting “it’s burning, it’s burning”. And the second time he destroyed my salad bowl as he tried to do it in the microwave and didn’t expect the glass to crack. Well. This time he promised to use the ovenware.).
So, I hope you are all doing well and I wish you all a good evening and a nice weekend! Cheerio!