May 17, 2015

Week of finals and firsts

It's Sunday, which means that we have officially made it through finals week -- all exams taken, all papers both written and submitted, commencement attended (Stan marhsalled and I did childcare) -- and our second year of seminary is done. Done! It's not been long enough that we feel done... probably that won't happen until we graduate, since we'll both still be doing school through the summer, but it's a milestone nonetheless.

Speaking of milestones:

1. Stan and I had an oral exam on Tuesday, which meant that Anselm got left with a babysitter for the first time. The baby did great; I was a little weepy, but rallied for the exam. We left him with another family whose son I've been watching one afternoon a week through the semester -- the boys get a kick out of each other, which helps a lot. We're hoping to work out some sort of child-sharing arrangement through the summer (each of us taking both boys for one afternoon a week, or similar) so that we can get some guaranteed free time / couple time / nap time / whatever on a regular basis.

2. And speaking of leaving the baby, he's now going to bed at a relatively reliable hour and staying asleep for a good long chunk afterwards -- and so one night last week I put him to bed and then went out! with my friends! without the baby! for... yup, the first time as far as I can recall. I was so excited I was pretty much vibrating (yes: there was some teasing). We went out to the new pub in town -- it's quite nice, and gets a million bonus points for being the only non-smoking bar around these parts (since the last one, ah, burned down) -- and confirmed our drinking status as moms and other lightweights. Fortunately someone's husband showed up after his shift ended to finish all our beers for us. Ha.

3. We've been trying the baby on solids, since he's old enough to start and is showing a lot of interest in food. I'm not sure that he's actually swallowed anything we've offered yet, but the faces he makes are pretty amazing.

One thing that does feel summery -- now that we've finished and can turn our attention to other things -- is the start of summer projects. First on the list is completing our librarything catalogue; both Stan and I are book-buyers and our to-be-catalogued piles were taking over the office. We crested 1,000 books catalogued yesterday -- with still a good chunk left to go! After that's done, my next project is probably going to be finishing making Anselm's Christmas stocking, which has been on the hooks since last November. Ah, well, some you win...

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