So my two weeks of Daddy Day Care are coming to a close at the end of this week (except for Fridays ongoing, as that is my day at home with him). This week has been a bit easier as Kate is working from home today and tomorrow so we can both get some work done and watch Owen.
I definitely think while that first day last week was difficult, each day has gotten easier and more fun. Owen has been back on his 2 hour morning nap schedule which, as I’d written before, makes a huge difference in his happiness for the rest of the day and my ability to get anything done. Pretty much every afternoon we’ve left the house which has been great for all of us, so he’s done his afternoon naps in the car. Owen has also gotten much better about sleeping in the car, which used to be a problem, so driving for 30-45 minutes now results in a good nap. Yesterday we went to have a meeting with a friend about a project we are working on, and Owen was great, just sitting in my lap for about 2 hours while we were at this guy’s office.
Owen has been VERY vocal in the last couple weeks so we have long stretches of “talking”. He still hasn’t developed any consonant sounds yet, but he clearly has something to say. I need to post some video of his new sounds. He is speaking a lot in a much higher octave than before which is pretty funny as he fluctuates between that and his lower register voice (which is a bit more soothing).
I’d say the biggest issue the past couple weeks has really just been the weather. It was VERY cold last week, and going outside to walk Schnitzel is just unpleasant and involves getting Owen so bundled up. The exiting and entering of the house is a long, multi-step process that will be so much easier again, come Spring-time. Today we are in the midst of a 16″ dump of snow, and the 4 of us are about to go venture out for a walk so Schnitzel can bound through the snow banks and Owen can stare at all the fresh white snow. Then I get to spend a couple hours shoveling. Oh what fun! At least Kate can watch Owen during that.
I know this transition has helped Kate get back to work and feel ready for daycare to begin next week. Tomorrow we’re going to drop off all Owen’s “stuff” at daycare (food, diapers, etc.) and I think we’re all looking forward to the next step next week.