With all the emotion of the last couple of weeks, I nearly forgot to do this month’s update. Which would be a shame because we’re having an incredible burst of development over here!
We have mobility. So much mobility. As predicted, when Moose started to crawl it was full speed ahead. Her crawling style is absolutely hilarious – it’s a cross between a baby chimpanzee and the Hunchback of Notre Dame. She keeps one foot planted on the floor and uses it to push the other knee forward. Within three days she added pulling up, cruising furniture and standing unsupported for short periods to her repertoire, and now nothing is safe. She tests our (apparently lackluster) attempts to baby proof constantly. I didn’t realize how tall she is!
Cognitive development has leaped forward as well. Moose is clapping, nodding “yes” when asked a question (even if the question is, “Are you a walrus, Moose?”), looking towards an object if you point to it, and dancing. Oh, the dancing. It’s so funny. Arm waving and deep knee bends. Moose is suddenly quite excited by the world around her and often shows that she’s impressed by something with clenched waving fists and a strange intense grunt that means, “Look at that!” Dogs, in particular, are a hit these days. We took a weekend trip to Montreal and while we were there we took Moose to the Biodome. Seeing live animals up close blew her mind. It actually seemed like too much excitement for one small person to contain.
Our trip to Montreal also marked Moose’s first train ride – she approved. Fortunately for everyone, once she was done exclaiming over everything she saw out the window (not to mention the folding tray table) she fell asleep and was out the better part of the way home.
In other exciting news, though it is nearly impossible for me to wrap my mind around, Moose is going to start daycare soon. The daycare situation in Toronto, and particularly in our neighbourhood, is absolutely infuriating. There are not nearly enough vacancies for infants in licensed centres and the competition is intense. What’s awful is that the waiting lists are pretty much useless – child care centres are much more likely to have a spot for you if you make a pain of yourself during parental leave. We have been on 5 different waiting lists since I was eight weeks pregnant with Ezra – that’s 27 months ago if you’re counting – and it was still down to the wire. I got a job offer at a local school so I’m planning to go back to work a month early. I’m not terribly excited about the job for various reasons, but it’s worth it for a shorter day. At the eleventh hour a daycare space opened up. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to send Moose to such a high quality program (that costs nearly as much as the mortgage on our last house -ugh) but I’m feeling sad about it too. We get a full year of parental leave in Canada, which is amazing, but I feel like I’ve just got the hang of being home! It breaks my heart a little to think of all the funny little Moose moments I’m going to miss when I’m at work. Having said that, we have a smart, intense, busy little baby and she’s absolutely going to love the stimulation of daycare.
Lots of changes this month! It will be interesting to see what the next month will bring.