This is how long The Boy will be attending nursery each week, starting from when we return to London in June. Four afternoons a week, at the lovely little Montessori nursery just around the corner (literally) from our front door. I can't wait.
I'm sure The Boy will take a little bit of getting used to the new arrangements. He's been with me day and night since he was born, and although not overly clingy he has a keen sense of where I am and what I'm doing at all times! He is not the biggest fan of other children either, although at least he's outgrown his pushing/hitting phase. But I think this will be the making of us. For him, a chance to stretch his independence and socialise and learn and grow. For me, a chance to regain a sense of self (beyond motherhood) and to find new purpose.
I am open to suggestions, but already I have a few ideas on how to make use of this new window of opportunity:
- take Ukelele lessons (I was given a Ukelele as a birthday present many years ago but have shamefully never learned to play it)
- get fit, maybe even take an exercise class. I've heard there's this new thing called "Zumba"... :)
- volunteer every Monday at the pop-up mental health cafe up the road. Maybe help out cooking/serving, or even getting involved in the organisational side of things. I see this as work experience for me and my own pop-up plans!
- finish what I started with the clinical psychologist and have some more sessions working on my psychosis memories and fears.
- find an actual paying job. Ideally in a coffee shop, somewhere friendly and local.
- work on my writing. Maybe take a night class, turn my very fledgling ideas into some sort of book.
- improve my italian, for the umpteenth time of trying. Join an Italian language group, or find a tutor.
Ok so maybe these 16 hours will be filled up in no time. And I still need to leave room for drinking coffee, meeting up with childless friends in baby-unfriendly places, daydreaming, wasting time on my iPad without having it turned to blasted Peppa Pig at every opportunity...