Goodness me, I haven't written a blog in almost three weeks... thanks to Rich for holding down the fort. It is a shame I have been so remiss as Raf continues to be so much fun. He has been pretty sick the past couple of weeks with bouts of diarrhea, a cold, and perhaps some teething. We're lucky that he remains fairly good natured.
So what have we been up to?
It has been a challenging summer. Rich has been doing an intensive summer class which means that he has to spend a lot of time in class and studying. Every weekend for the past few weeks has involved studying for an exam or writing a paper, so Raf and I have been trying to find adventures on our own. We've been to the park many times (Raf loves to feed the ducks)...
We've been to the lake, gone for walks, visited Borders (which is very sadly closing) and done many rounds of grocery shopping. Raf is getting pretty independent and loves to help with shopping. When we're in hannaford he likes to walk around putting things in the trolley, and in Trader Joe's he has enormous fun pushing around his own trolley! In WF I blackmail him with cartons of soya milk to sup on as I restrain him in the trolley... running around WF is always a bit nightmarish when you're on your own. Here he is running around TJs!
Raf continues to love nursery. Drop-offs are easy-peasy (famous last words) and he has so much fun when he's there. His teachers - Sonya and Jenna - are fabulous and every day that he's there they write little journal entires. Rich and I just love to read them! He loves jumping, yoga during circle time, as well as playing on the slide outside. The most funny entry described how Raf eats politely and carefully and how his friends have started to copy him! It's so funny because he is not a polite eater at home! Other things include how he likes to sleep with his shoes... !
We've also been busy with house stuff. Last week they broke ground on our new place and last night we drove by and saw they had dug the foundations. It was very exciting. We're hoping to be in our new place sometime in November.
Whilst we've had some very lovely times this summer, it has also been a very sad time for us. Very sadly we were expecting another little one but discovered a couple of weeks that the little bean didn't make it. I will try and write a little post about it soon because it would seem very sad to me not to acknowledge this little life even though it's common to be very quiet about these things. After all we got to see the little heartbeat twice, and for a while we were so happy and excited for Raf to have a little sibling. People have been very kind but it's a sad time, too. Thank goodness for Rafi!