I am heading back to work on the 29th after having a year off for maternity leave. I can’t really say that I’m excited for it or that I missed working. If you ever have the opportunity to take a long period of time off from work, I highly recommend it. I loved having the freedom to go out what it was nice and go for walks or visit the zoo. Or when the weather was terrible, just staying snuggled up at home. But that is all about the end.

Elliott is going to start going to his Day Home at the end of this week. He has only been left with someone other than me or his dad twice so far. And both times it was one set of grandparents. I’m a little nervous about how he is going to do with a stranger.

I’m also nervous about how our evening routine is going to go. On the days when Elliott is at the Day Home both my boyfriend and myself will be working until 6pm and will get home around 6:30pm. We usually start getting Elliott ready for bed around 7pm which means we have to try and figure out how to have supper ready pretty much as soon as we get home. I might have to start just feeding Elliott something easy like baby food or oatmeal and then mom and dad eat after he’s in bed. It’s going to be an adjustment for sure trying to figure out our new routine.

I’m also interested to see how his dad deals with being a main caregiver. For the last year, it’s been mostly me taking care of the baby (who I guess I can no longer call a baby). Now he will be with his dad 2-3 days a week, at the Day Home 2-3 days a week, and with me only 1-2 days a week. It’s going to be interesting.

Over the last year I enjoyed finding activities to do with my son. For the first few months we pretty much didn’t go anywhere, mainly because I was scared and still trying to figure everything out. I took him out for our first walk in the stroller in March when he was almost 2 months old. He slept for most of it.

Our First Walk

In May my parents came out from Nova Scotia to meet Elliott when he was around 4 months old. We took him out to Jurassic Forest, the Royal Alberta Museum, and the Devon Botanical Gardens.

Jurassic Forest

Also in May I took him out to the Ukrainian Festival where we listened to some music and watched the dancers. I also started doing “hikes” with the Hike It Baby group, which is basically scheduled walks with other moms and babies.

Ukrainian Festival

In June when he was around 6 months old we started going out to the library for their programs. They have a few different programs geared to young kids where you sing, read stories, and play with toys. I really enjoyed that and talking to other moms. We also went to a parade in June and the Calgary Zoo.

Calgary Zoo

In July I went to my first Facebook mom’s group meetup, this time at Edmonton Valley Zoo. This is where I met my first mom friends who I’ve hung out a couple other times since then. In July I also took Elliott out to a Highland Games event and to his first movie, The Lion King.

Highland Games

In August at 8 months old, Elliott and I got lost in the Edmonton Corn Maze, went on more walks with friends, and attended another parade.

Edmonton Corn Maze

In September we went to visit his other grandparents in British Columbia for a week. It was an 11 hour drive each way. He did great on the way there, only crying for the last hour. But the drive home was a different story. He cried almost the whole way home.

First Time in a Boat

In September we continued going for “Hikes” and to the library. We also went swimming for the first time with our friends from the Zoo Meetup.

In October at almost 9 months old we went to our first birthday party and to our second movie, The Adams Family.

Attending a friend’s birthday party.

In November I took him to a craft fair but it was so crowded I could barely get the stroller through the aisles so it was not very enjoyable. We went to see Santa at Southgate Mall and went to a Santa Claus parade at the Mill Woods Town Centre.

Waiting to meet Santa.

In December we didn’t do a whole lot. The weather got colder and snowier so I didn’t really want to leave the house. We had a visit with some friends near Christmas and we went out to the library once. Hopefully we will have time for more adventures next year, but it will be harder since I will be back at work.