Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Toddler Standard Time

As you may have noticed, I disappeared for a few months into the rift in the space-time continuum caused by having a toddler in the house.  If I were to do a time use study in my house, I'm pretty sure I'd see a startling percentage of my time taken up by a frenetic, unrelenting cycle of laundry.  Next in the rankings, perhaps, would be sweeping the floor; then wrangling children into shoes and socks.  Also, picking up small cars and trucks: ever since Mademoiselle discovered Le Petit's collection, our apartment looks like a demolition derby. In addition, there's the hour and a half plus that bedtime takes now that Mademoiselle no longer nurses to sleep, but instead wants more intellectual company.  Singing, story-telling, cajoling, back-rubbing, more or less patient but constantly present company, preferably stretched on the mattress on the floor next to her crib.  (I've outsourced much of this to my husband lately, which means I get to do the dishes.)  

But I feel, too, that my kids are at such magic, ephemeral ages -- 19 months and 5 years, respectively -- that I need to spend as much time with them as I can, and get in sufficient sleep and self-indulgent distractions during my off time to recharge and be at my best for them.  They may not remember right now in the future, but I will.  

Meanwhile we officially gave up our project of moving house this year and instead undertook a massive reorganization of the apartment.  We even bought a real couch.  More on that later.  (I love you, IKEA.)

At some point the mere thought of keeping up with my blog was weighing on me.  So I abruptly stopped doing it, guiltily at first, then thoroughly enjoying the freedom. But now I'm back, with an overdue graphic redesign, and still plenty to talk about, I promise.


hush said...

I like your new design! Wow, how can it be that La Petite is already 19 months old?? Wasn't she born yesterday? ;)

Parisienne Mais Presque said...

@hush - Thank you! I know, I can't believe we're already in advanced toddlerhood myself. She's speaking in complete sentences already, for goodness sake (not necessarily with all the parts of speech, but still).

Cloud said...

I'm glad you are back! And I like the new look.

Sylvie said...

Welcome back! I was missing your posts and even worrying a bit. But I figured that with your responsibilities, it was understandable that you weren't posting. Glad to hear that you've given up on house-hunting for awhile -- it's such a huge job, and if you're successful, it's followed by the mega-stress of moving!

Claudia said...

I'm also glad to see you again, but your absence coincided with my computer being fried by lightning, and then the long, slow and still incomplete road back to restoring all I had onto my new computer.

Toddlerhood nearly killed me, so I'm in complete empathy of your plight.

Parisienne Mais Presque said...

@Claudia - ack, a fried computer!! Sorry to hear about that! But thank you for welcoming me back, I'm flattered to have been missed. :)

@Cloud, @Sylvie, thank you!