Where did July go?

Well, I can’t speak for you, but I can tell you where MY July went…to school! After 4 years I’m back in school, courtesy of the lovely free tuition benefit I’m so lucky to have. Last class is tomorrow night, and while I’ve been enjoying it, I think the end can’t come soon enough for daddy, Turtle, and Baby Bug. Especially daddy! He’s done an amazing, amazing job at picking up the slack–dinnertimes, bedtimes, keeping babies occupied while mommy does homework–everything. Now, someone other than me can put them to bed! Ahhh, the freedom…

In addition to the excitement of heading back to school (3 credits gained), WW has been going well (16 pounds lost), and we have the excitement of heading to Charleston (SC) for the wedding of a dear friend this weekend. Not just the happiness of attending her wedding, but a full weekend–2 DAYS and 2 NIGHTS–sans babies. I am perhaps more excited about this than I should be. But, oh! we get to get dressed up and dance and go out to dinner and walk around Charleston and sleep in and talk…all without interruptions, diapers, pleas for more milk, cleaning up spilt milk from leaky sippy cups, cajoling babies to eat, being awoken at the crack of dawn…!

And, by Sunday evening, we’ll be aching to see them again.

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Swimming

Did I mention that we love to swim? We really, really love to swim. We first got Turtle in the pool at about 5 weeks old, and he’s never looked back. We’ve graduated from wearing swimsuits with built-in foam vests plus water wings and are now onto these wonderful life vests. We have a blue-grey one with a shark face for Turtle and an adorable orange fish one (“a pufferfish!”) for Baby Bug, and they adore them. The best part is that they are approved safety flotation devices, so although it’s not like we toss the kids in the lake and then go off to make sandwiches, it is a comfort to know that these vests would be pretty safe should anything happen.

Most of the time I’m pretty anal about making sure that they are always wearing their swim shirts and hats when we’re outside–it’s just so much easier than trying to keep sunscreen on them!–but this past weekend we went swimming later in the day, and decided that a little nude swimming wouldn’t do any harm…for the BABIES, folks, just the babies. As you can see, I’m properly kitted out in my oh-so-flattering skirted tankini.

back to school!

For both me and our too-little-too-really-be-in-school boy! My first class started last night, and for the next 5 weeks I’ll be discussing education research from 7pm to 10pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Last night was great–for me. For daddy and the babies, it was, um, not the resounding success I had hoped. I got hope a little after 10 p.m. to find daddy and Turtle asleep in our bed, fully dressed. Evidently Baby Bug had expressed rather vociferously her dislike of not having mommy there to put her to bed. In the form of hysterical, thrashing, sobbing, wailing dislike. Although in general I’m not a fan of CIO, I think at this point she’s just going to have to have a tough night or two before she realizes that it’s okay that mommy isn’t there. If this were a one-time evening event, that might be different. But I’ll be gone at least one evening a week for the next 4 or 5 years. (Gasp!) The sooner she gets used to daddy putting her to bed, too, the better for everyone!

And now, my little boy–he starts preschool this fall! He’ll be going to a lovely little co-op for 5 mornings a week. The school is in walking distance of my work, which I love. He’ll be in a class with 6 other children and one teacher, so hopefully a nice, intimate environment that will ease him out of the one-on-one attention he has with gramma and beeba. I’m already getting myself nervous about how he’ll do–and how his little sister will do without him!