Much of what we do is the same (see here for details about mandarin, counting, storytelling etc.) but there are a few changes- Eliza is our amazing babysitter and she is coming twice a week in the afternoons to help with the kids while I get a bit of work done. Being without any family (neither Brad's nor mine) here in Sydney has been tolling on me, especially since Brad works late and often six days a week. Although I have made some amazing and reliable friends they have their own families to care for. Having an extra pair of helping hands has been such a relief to me. Eliza is currently studying at the Sydney Rudoph Steiner College to become a teacher, and is a former Steiner student herself, so it's even nicer to have a carer that is like-minded and that we can trust and who they children love.
This time I didn't add in the bits of housework I do throughout the week: A load of laundry almost every day, a vacuum every other, some dusting here and there and kitchen cleaning all the time! I mostly fit that kind of work in when the children are napping.
And while on the topics of sleep.... they both nap at around 1230/1 everyday, although it is getting harder to settle North at a reasonable time when he has had a big nap so I don't push it if he doesn't want to sleep (he is 3 1/2).
They both go down for their evening sleep reasonably well as long as all their bedtime rituals are done in a calm and timely manner. BUT they share a room. And if any of my lovely readers have any advice about young children sharing rooms I'd love to hear from you. I still demand feed Indi at night which is fine as she only wakes once or twice naturally. But for the past few months North has been waking up almost every single night and calls out (he says he's too scared to come into our bedroom) and 9 times out of 10 wakes Indigo up. All he needs is a bit of a cuddle but when he wakes her up she expects to be fed (again!). Then there is a whole parade of musical beds, they wake each other up a few times more and by morning Brad and I are beside ourselves exhausted between getting up for Indi's regular feeds, comforting North and resettling Indi who's been woken up numerous times.
Is this something I just have to wait out? Do any of you have any suggestions? I'd love to hear them!