This calendar year has kind of seemed like a whirlwind so far and it’s hard to believe that it is already half way through June. We found out the first week of January that we would be welcoming a little surprise before the year was over (always interesting to get a call from the clinic and the nurse saying “um, so, you’re pregnant” when you were pretty sure it wasn’t a possibility).
Aside from watching what I ate and drink, there wasn’t really much to do as far as baby preparations were concerned until we found out the gender so I pretty much tried not to think about. When you have a toddler it is not hard to block out other things since so much energy goes in to entertaining them day to day. So, that still left a lot of time to fill every day with my high energy little monkey.
The best thing we’ve done this year is we got a family membership to the local YMCA. It has been great. Last summer we just got a membership for Kelsey for swimming and gymnastics classes. Now, I get to drop Kelsey off at the Kid’s Zone, aka daycare, for up to 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. I get time to myself to take a class, work out on some machines, actually catch up on the news while I walk on the treadmill, or even just sit and thumb through Facebook on my phone while I sip on some coffee. With the warmer weather, we’ve been out and about a bit more recently so I’ve kind of been slacking. Sometimes my husband takes her so I can get a few things done while he works out and sometimes we all go and I get to have a conversation with my husband that doesn’t take place when someone is only thinking about going to sleep or with a toddler, dog, cat or any combination there of underfoot and demanding our attention.
We try to make it to at least one open gym time a week so Kelsey can bounce like crazy. She has gotten pretty good (for a 2 year old, I think) on the balance beam, doing forward rolls, and getting some height on the trampoline. I love that she gets a good workout every time. We’ve been doing a mom and me swim class once a week since April and I think she’s really improved in her comfort and ability in the water. She’s no Michael Phelps but she can get around the pool by herself with a noodle under her armpits and climb in and out with no problem. During the spring session, I don’t know what happened to the rest of the class but half way through we were the only ones still showing up so she basically had a private lesson every week. I don’t think we are going to get that lucky again this session but that is ok because we still have a lot to work on.
My husband’s parents came for a visit in April which gave us an excuse to see some things we still hadn’t in the Tampa Bay area like the Manatee Viewing Center where we got to see some manatees and learn a little bit about them.
There have also been trips to the zoo, the aquarium, parks, to play in the sand at the beach, and children’s museums. Somewhere in there, Miss Kelsey decided to was time to use the big girl potty. More on method another time, but after about a week we didn’t really have anymore accidents and a few weeks later I stopped putting training diapers on her during the day all together, she just wears a diaper for night time now. This adds a whole new element to going anywhere or doing anything since everything now revolves around where the nearest bathroom is located. It was also around the time of the Great Cloth Diaper Change so that day was one of the last she had a diaper on during the day.
That pretty much takes us through April. I often get comments that we are always out doing things and don’t we ever just stay home. One or two days a week we may be home for part or all of the day, with perhaps the exception of a walk around the park by our house or a trip to the Y for an hour. I catch up on laundry and vacuuming and those types of things but I can’t do much since Kelsey gets into everything I do and is always in the same room as me. Some days I end up running errands all morning around town. So, I’d rather go somewhere. It’s exhausting to chase her down and tell her that she can’t pet the alligator for the third time because it’s someone else’s turn. However, it beats watching a 15th episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse for the day and Kelsey literally bouncing off every piece of furniture in the house.
She is also starting to get better about playing by herself or with other children. She used to not play at all if I wasn’t right next to her. This is good because even though I plan to babywear “Jerry” (as she has been nicknamed, aka Baby #2) as much as possible there are certain to be times that I simply can not going climbing through tunnels with her. Although, I do still enjoy that when she gets a sticker or a stamp at an event she insists I get one, too.