We had a great family vacation week at the end of August that closed the books on summer for us. I'm hoping I'll be able to find time to write and/or post pictures about that sometime soon but we'll have to see.
So far, things with the new schedule/routine are going well. Charlie has cried every morning I've dropped him off at day care so far, which is excruciating for me. Even though I know he's completely over the sadness before we even get out of the neighborhood, I hate walking out the door when he's upset. He's also been thrilled to see us when we come to get him each afternoon, which is so very rewarding for the mama in me. The hours in between seem to have gone very well, from what I can tell. His caregiver sent some pictures home today and it was really nice to see him smiling and happy. He's eating and sleeping with no issues while he's there so I'd give the whole arrangement a pretty high rating so far...even though it is still hard for me to be leaving my baby boy every day.
Speaking of me, I haven't figured out what, if anything I plan to write publicly about my student teaching experiences. I've been writing feverishly in my paper journal but feel a little apprehensive about sharing information out here, where (literally) anyone can access it. I may change my mind and do a weekly synopsis on my other blog though, I'm just not sure yet. From the big picture perspective, things are going very well. I'm really loving the children. Five and six year-old kids are some of the sweetest there are. I'm learning a lot and staying extremely busy, to the point that I'm literally collapsing into bed by about 10:00 every night.
Regarding the little one and the drama surrounding sleep that I left hanging from my last post, things have gotten better but the problems are not resolved. All of your comments were very helpful and very much appreciated so thank you. I think I've stopped beating myself up and feeling as though I should be able to do better, which has alleviated some of the stress. I'm just trying to focus on our son and his needs and let those lead the way. At some point, he will sleep through the night without needing reassurances from us and until then...well, it could certainly be worse!
For the time being, I'm soaking up every single moment I can get with him. The little man seems to learn something new and get a little bit cuter every single day.