Weekly Wrap-up

by Jessica Randhawa


Wait. It's Friday...already?  When I think about what we did this week, Monday feels like ages ago.  In reality, though, the days were over so fast it's like the week never happened at all.  So, let's see, what were my cute little sidekick and I up to this week?

Octavian decided to start Monday off with a bang by waking up at 3am refusing to go back to sleep until I went in and slept on the floor next to his crib.  Even then, he didn't fall right back to sleep.  The crying stopped, but the chatter continued- about the "gawna" (gardener), "law mowa" (lawnmower), "bowa" (blower), mama t and lala, Elmo and "gwova" (grover), numbers, etc.  As I mentioned on instagram, it was equally adorable and annoying.

In addition to a playdate at Liz's house on Monday morning, we hosted a playdate at our house on Tuesday with six other mama's and their kiddos.  Octavian got to practice sharing his toys, but spent most of the time stealing the other kids' snacks and sippy cups.

Nana surprised him with his very own lawn mower and my sweet child is in heaven.  He happily spends hours in the backyard raking the bushes and mowing the grass.  At least I know, once he is a little older I can put him to work.

I made some "ice cream" from bananas, peanut butter and yogurt and we went to the zoo with his buddies Conrad and Chris.  It was our second trip to the zoo this summer, and I'm thinking it won't be the last.  The Sacramento Zoo is the perfect size for little toddler legs to run around without feeling overwhelmed.

Three times this week Octavian thought it would be fun to play hide-and-seek without letting me know the game had started.  With the upstairs gated off, it did take long for me to find him...in the downstairs bathroom, with the door shut, lights off, sitting in the sink.  I was quite impressed by his sneakiness; I had no idea he could make so little noise.  I think he was utterly pleased with his skills, too.  But, in all seriousness, I think I need to start dead-bolting every door in our house.

We made it to the park twice this week.  Octavian decided his raisins taste better eaten off the concrete and I was just happy he was 1. eating and, 2. sharing.  When I updated my friend about his location and activity, a complete stranger looked over at me in outright horror.  I almost laughed. Octavian's my first. I wonder what I'll be like with baby number two?

His new thing is waving and saying hi.

His new thing is waving and saying hi.

One of the stand-out moments of the week happened this afternoon.  Lately when we leave the house he's been waving goodbye saying "Goodbye gawna, Goodbye law mowa...".  This morning when we were leaving the house for our playdate I shouted "Bye, Love!" to my husband who was working from home upstairs.  I always say this when I leave the house and my husband is home, but this was the first time Octavian repeated what I had said.  Fast forward to later this afternoon.  I was walking out the door with Octavian, and, like always, he started to say his goodbyes.  However, this time, I didn't shout out goodbye to my husband.  To my surprise,  I hear, "Bye Lowve" in the sweetest little voice you ever did hear.  I couldn't help but laugh and give him a little squeeze.  It's surprises like this I hope to always remember.