The end of the summer is nearing. Pools are closing, vacations are ending, and the sun is setting a bit earlier every day. But with every ending comes new beginnings, right?
I've got a whole slew of changes going on.
My baby boy will embark on his fourth year in a little over a week, which was commemorated this weekend with the fourth birthday party we have thrown in his honor.
This same baby boy is starting his new preschool on Wednesday. I am far more petrified than he is. But he will be fine.
His new preschool is an afternoon program which means a new schedule for all of us. It means lazy mornings and hectic afternoons and the official end of Braden's naps.
And in just a few months, my other baby boy - my oh my god how are you almost two, you were only crawling yesterday baby boy - will be starting a 2's program in the mornings. This means tears for him, tears for me, and the prospect of a few hours a week without any children.
Which only makes me feel like I should have another child for some reason. Luckily common sense and rationality are winning out on that one, for now.
And there are some major changes on the horizon for me.
Some are personal - In the wake of a rough year, I have been trying to turn over a bunch of new leaves. To be more independent, to let go a bit, to take things as they come. I've been making progress, but I haven't been so great at ignoring negative stuff - about getting caught up in other people's opinions about me. My head says I shouldn't care, but it conflicts with this intense need for acceptance that comes from somewhere deeper. I'm working on the whole "I don't give a shit attitude" and meaning it. I really, really want to change that.
And wouldn't you know, I've also got some changes going on in my professional life.
What professional life, you might say? Well, stay tuned. Things are happening in that department. I am on the cusp of starting something new and exciting career-wise. And I feel really good about it.
Bye bye, summer. Here's to new things to come.