This past week marked my first week back to work, and I'm happy to report that the boys were fabulous for the nanny all week. Knowing that they were in good hands and having fun made my hours at the office, away from the boys, stress-free. They both napped well, played well, and behaved themselves on all fronts. Whew! Finny's been having a bit of a rough time going to sleep at night, and we think it's because he'd like to spend more time with Mom-o and Dad-o since we're both now away a large part of the day. My singing the "Personal Penguin" song to him in his darkened room seems to put him at ease.
This coming week marks our big nanny transition. Carol (a.k.a. Coco) has recuperated from her back surgery, and is coming back full-time as of Feb. 1. This week she'll be job-sharing with Laurie, who's been filling in for her since October. Hopefully this will make the transition a bit smoother for the guys--they can refamiliarize themselves with Coco, and Coco can get up to speed with the day's rhythms, playgroup schedule, etc. And we will miss Laurie, who has been so good to the boys. She is moving back to San Diego with her daughter and granddaughter at the beginning of February.
Other small things of note from this week: Henry had his first official high-chair meal when we went out for pizza yesterday. He's now stable enough to stay upright on his own in the chair! And Finny has started referring to himself as "Big Goonie" instead of "Binny". That little guy is as sharp as a tack. When Dad-o pointed to a vehicle in one of his books and said "What's that?", expecting the answer, "bulldozer," Finny replied "That's a bulldozer scooping sand in the desert!" Why yes, yes it was!