We are establishing a rhythm of getting ready for school in the mornings and dropping Jake off (thank goodness for the school's drop-off lane, where a staff member escorts Jake directly from the car to the classroom so Ryan and I do not have to get out of the car. Especially nice during the cold, wet months!) then coming home and doing house chores. It has been fun cooking meals and taking up knitting again. Not to mention all the movies/TV shows I've been able to watch!
However, we'll have to re-establish a daily rhythm when I return to work November 29th, which I am not looking forward to even though I love my job. I am counting my blessings that I have a job and that I get to stay home with my baby while I work and I know it will be just fine after the initial adjustment. We might be eating some very basic meals in the beginning :)
Jake is doing so well in school. He loves working with letters -- reading and putting letters together to form words. His favorite "work" at school right now is the phonetic box -- there are small objects in the box along with strips of paper with the word for each object. He has to match the word with the object, and he's very good at it! At home he has been taking our magnetic alphabet letters and spelling words with them. He will make the initial attempt himself such as "odps" for octopus and then ask for help. His teacher says that he is also starting to show an interest in numbers so I am looking forward to seeing that develop.
Outside of school he is still playing tennis on Mondays and having lots of playdates with friends to keep him busy in the afternoons. We've discovered a whole new section of "early reader" books at the library with books that are fun for both Jake and mommy to read. I love reading the Amelia Bedelia books again.
Ryan is growing so fast. He is already wearing 3 month clothes and has a long body and cute smile. It is so fun to see how different he is from Jake! Jake always was and is still slim, whereas Ryan is chunkier. Jake only wanted to fall asleep while having milk while Ryan rarely falls asleep while nursing, but prefers it when you are standing up and rocking him. Ryan has been sleeping well -- multiple naps during the day and then about 12 hours at night. Of course he wakes up at night a few times for milk and for diaper changes, but the milk is in bed with him and the diapers are right next to the bed, and I consider it a great night when I do not have to get out of bed at all, which is the majority of nights now.
Now for some pictures!