I’d assumed that public libraries were something that would be the same here as in England, but that’s not the case. It’s not so much the practical details, as the underlying philosophy. Firstly there is a membership charge for those over 18 (~£50 a year). Then the standard loan period is for weeks, which can be extended by a further two weeks and if you want the book longer than that there is a weekly charge (~£1). So not an overdue fine, but a charge for keeping a book longer. In practice I’m sure it works the same, but mentally completely different. And a difference I want expecting!
So, today is my last day at MPOW as I’m off again on maternity leave. I started here 8.5 years ago so it will be bittersweet to go – I have enjoyed that time and got alot out of it (including meeting my husband!) but it is time for challenges new.
Somehow the pregnancy has flown by this time, but the last year has been a year of planning without most of the things actually happening! I wrote a placeholder post a few months ago expecting that most of the things that were up in the air would have been clarified way before now, but they aren’t. Me finishing work is one of the few that has. We wanted to move house, by October at the latest, but that all fell through, twice, and we’re back to square one almost and looking for something to buy again. So we seem to have spent the second half of the year waiting until we knew when we were moving house to organise things, which hasn’t happened and so it feels like it’s been a very frustrating year. So we’re now trying to work out how to fit a new baby into our current house, when we had too much stuff before the last one was born and it’s amazing how much stuff such a small person ends up with. It’s one thing I’m dreading about Christmas, as although I’m incredibly grateful for the generosity of family and friends I’m also wary about where we’re going to fit new stuff in!
Although I will miss everyone at work, I am looking forward to the time off. Especially being able to spend more time with my boy as he’s becoming so much fun now, and interested in everything. I’m not quite sure how it will go with two, but I’m sure we will manage – 2014 will be the year of two children! Blogging will (continue) to take a back-burner but I hope to add something every now and again. It does mean that the content of this blog will become much more family orientated, rather than work. I do have a few ideas of things to post, but I’m not making any promises about frequency given how sporadic I have been over the last few years!
So my little boy is settled in at nursery and we’re settled in to the routine of getting him there in the mornings and picking him up after work. One of the differences between nursery and being at home is that they organise events, events that require costumes. So far this year we’ve had:
- World Book Day – dress as a character from your favourite book (we did the baby from Peepo)
- Comic Relief – wear something red
And coming up next week is an Easter bonnet parade, so we will be making something this weekend for him to wear to that. I really enjoy dressing up and organising costumes, as long as I have enough notice to plan something. But I can see how some others don’t and find this sort of activity too forced. It is one way of celebrating different things and marking the changes in the season/calendar, but all too often they are a very Western European Christian calendar and other festivals or dates aren’t noticed. I guess there has to be a balance, otherwise you’ll be doing something special all the time and that stops being so special (and parents get increasingly fed up at having to find different costumes so frequently), but some inclusion of non-standard events would be something I’d welcome.
Anyway, I’m planning what I can make for him as an Easter bonnet that’s a) suitable for a boy and b) he will keep on for longer than the 2 secs he generally keeps a hat on for!
I hope you have a fabulous day, eat too much and are given all the things you asked Santa for 🙂
Although this is my little boy’s second Christmas last year he was only a few weeks old, and to be honest it was all a bit of a blur! So I am really excited this year for his sake. He won’t really understand what’s going on, but it will be so much fun. And we are spending it surrounded by family, which is the best way to be at this time of the year (& means I don’t have to cook…one day I’ll have to cook Christmas Dinner though!).
It is also my sister’s first Christmas since she moved back in with my parents, so we are thinking of all the progress she has made in the last two and a half years and how we have spent Christmas in that time – as Dad said 2 years ago she is amazing and even more so now 🙂
It’s funny how different words that to all extents and purposes mean the same can have such different feelings associated with them. For example I’m fairly happy referring to myself as mummy, but both mother and parent fill me with increasing amounts of dread. How can I be a parent? I’m not old enough or responsible enough for that! It makes me think that the image I have of myself is a bit behind reality; after all I am married, own a house and have a proper job – what more do I need to feel responsible? Maybe that will happen as the baby grows up, or maybe it never will. To be honest I’m not sure how much it matters: this must be one area where actions are more important than feelings.
My son – amazing, wonderful and scary!