One of my major blogging niggles is that it often feels like there is not enough time to blog everything on top of juggling parenting and work. Out of the three things, blogging is definitely the last priority.
When time is tight, I find myself blogging about the big moments and milestones, and neglecting the inbetween. But those bits are just as important. They are more a part of our story than anything else, actually. This wasn’t an issue last year when I was doing the 365 project, but I’ve certainly been feeling anxious this year that all too often I’m glossing over the every day.
So here is a post about what we’re up to at the moment.
I’m currently trying to get everything in order for when I start taking photo session bookings again. Website admin, tax admin, and finding the time to finally write-up blog posts of all the sessions I did in the run up to Rory being born. I have approximately 30 mins a day to do this, whilst contending with a half-broken computer (which is a huge time waster, unsurprisingly).
I’ve also signed myself up to have a stall at an NCT baby fair next month. I have no idea how effective these things actually are at bringing in custom, but I’m eager to try it out and see if it’s something I’d like to do more of. At the very least, it’s good practice for getting back into work mode, and a good chance to chat to some parents about what they would like from a family photography session. Any tips for how to make a photography stall look awesome on a budget would be most appreciated!
We are getting used to the new routine with Arlo now at preschool three days a week. On those days, I have approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes at home without toddler mischief. But, I still have Rory. So, realistically, on a good day that’s maybe 1 hour of actually getting stuff done. During that hour I am steaming through the to-do list. Rory has decided he doesn’t need to nap during the day anymore save for 10 mins here and there, so there’s no nap window to take advantage of.
He has been to three preschool sessions and so far we couldn’t have asked for a smoother transition. He bounds in every morning shouting “BYE MAMA”, and he’s full of stories afterwards. Naturally, I was apprehensive about him starting, and those first few sessions were a bit nerve-wracking (for me, he was fine). But by the third day I was feeling a lot more confident. My suspicions that he was totally ready for this move are confirmed. As he did when his brother came into his life, he has once again totally made me proud with how seamlessly he handles a massive change.
The best part is the last five minutes before the session ends. Watching him through the window, immersed in his preschool world. And then that massive grin as he runs outside to greet me. A mixture of pride, excitement, and relief that I’m there, splattered all over his face. A look that says “I had a great time, but I’m so pleased to see you” – it’s the best.
He doesn’t realise that his expressions are as obvious as they are to me. And so he says just the right words to let me know that he still likes me just as much as preschool.
“And when I come outside, I see you, and you give me a big cuddle, don’t you? I like that”.