Another New Normal

Ezekiel started full-time daycare last Monday at the center he’s been going to twice per week for about 9 months now. As we predicted, he had a rough couple of weeks, but is starting to settle into this new normal. The funny thing is he isn’t struggling with going TO daycare. He loves daycare. He struggles with leaving. He tells us that he wants to be there from breakfast through supper. He loves his friends and teachers there. And we love them too. We feel like we found a place where they truly understand Ezekiel, and love him for exactly who he is.

I think Dave and I are struggling more than Ezekiel with this new normal. Since Ezekiel has come home, we have been fortunate enough that one or both of us had a flexible, working-from-home-as-needed kind of job. That has all changed now, and Dave and I are both working full-time, away from home. I knew being a working-away-from-home mom was tough, but I didn’t realize just how tough being a commuting working-away-from-home mom was going to be. Especially when Dave is not home to clean, cook and help coordinate. He kind of rocks the old socks off with his awesomeness. Last summer was wonderful, getting to stay home with Ezekiel and play together, wander to the parks, the library, picnics with friends, energy to go go go on the weekends. I hope it comes to a point where I get to do that again.

We keep reminding ourselves that this is only a season in our lives, and everything will work out for good. We have been able to save up almost enough to pay for our travel expenses for our Korea trip. If we can continue to save, it would be awesome to pay off our adoption loan early and have more freedom in deciding what our family life will look like once Simon is home.

We usually fill up our summer weekends with barbecues, bonfires, trips to friends’ and family cabins, weddings, zoo trips, concerts, etc. This spring/summer, we are realizing just how precious our weekends are, and are putting the brakes on planning too much of that stuff. It is our time to catch up on house work, meal planning, and getting our fill of family time. We do have some of the fun stuff planned, of course. It wouldn’t be summer without it 🙂


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