Balancing between work and family is exponentially more challenging with two young children! First, morning and evening routines are far more harried — and for me, series of unending tasks. It’s also a particularly busy time at work so there really wasn’t much time to settle in slowly despite my part-time work arrangements.
Still, despite the sleepless nights and long days, I tell myself it’s also only just a phase. Things will only get better so fortitude YX!
On the brighter side, I really want to make it a point to take in all that Isaac and Isabel are doing now and not let these moments slip by! So, new developments this week!
Isaac has been very interested in how things stay up. So he’s been asking why mirrors don’t fall off walls, why plates and bowls do not have legs, why buildings don’t fall down, why some structures are stable and some not… and Ning and I came to the conclusion that at some point, he would have to use free body diagrams to explain all these properly. I can’t even explain them at all! So it will be fun learning for me too!
Also, another new sentence construction from Isaac — upon smelling smoke from outside our house, he asked “Why is something being burnt?” Being burnt! And he has recently started to come up with his own words. For example, in response to questions he doesn’t want to answer, he would say “Goo!” which is slightly annoying but also quite adorable.
Isabel is also getting cuter by the day. One afternoon, I saw her watching her own fist intently, opening and closing it, then smiling happily at her fist — possibly at the fact that she could control it. Too cute for words! She seems to be slower than Isaac at her physical development but she’s so much more expressive and communicates her needs so well! She’s also a lot more social and would sometimes complain if she’s brought away from activity. And she clearly clearly adores Isaac — though sadly, the feeling is not mutual yet.
It is a bit hard to split myself between work and family, and then between Isaac and Isabel and it’s always a fear that I’ll end up neglecting Isabel who is far less demanding for now.
Still, we try to do better everyday so here’s to a restful weekend and another busy fulfilling week ahead!