Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Petit à petit

This week is all about baby steps.

I went to sign up for driving lessons and found out that it will take more footwork than I had expected. Not that I was particularly surprised. I now have a list of documents to furnish, including an official translation of my American driver's license. So, the next item on my to-do list is to find an official translator.

I also discovered that there is a three-month wait once my paperwork is completed, because at the préfecture nothing can be simple or efficient. That wasn't a surprise, either.

I haven't lost my motivation; if anything, it is redoubled. It will just take whatever time it takes.

Meanwhile, le Petit has started the adaptation period with the nanny. It started out rough, with plenty of his tears and even some of my own, but the second day went better. He is familiarizing himself with his new stomping grounds -- the other family's apartment -- and his new caretaker, la nounou. For my part, I'm gaining confidence as well. La nounou knows babies, and she talks to him gently and takes things slowly with a wisdom and intuition I can appreciate. She also knows how to reassure overprotective mothers.

Meanwhile, flush with my new confidence, I made a hair appointment for Friday.

Petit à petit. Little by little. My goal for the next few weeks is to keep things moving in the right direction, however slowly.

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