For the past month or so, especially when she was sick, my daughter was going to bed at 10:00 every night. It was fun to hang out with her and play, but it made it hard for my wife and I to relax, which is tough after a long day of work for me and a long day of watching our daughter for my wife. The past few days, however, my daughter has been falling asleep around 8:00 (of course she also skipped her daytime nap). Not too bad.
Last night, once my daughter went to sleep, my wife and I were actually able to watch a little television together. It felt like old times. It felt “normal” (I suppose an argument could be made that there is no more normal with a 1 1/2 year old, but let me have my moment). It felt nice. I’m not a big television watching fan anymore, having weaned myself off it so much I question the $50 I spend a month on cable, but it’s nice to turn off the brain for an hour ever now and then.
What we watched was The Office, the Christmas episode to be precise. While we were watching I thought we were watching a new episode, but it turns out it was from Season 3. Regardless, it was new to us. More than anything, it was nice to kick back and relax, to laugh with my wife, and to just be “us” again. It was a good night.
As far as my daughter goes, she is back to her old self. She has been singing us songs lately. She loves singing “Oh Christmas Tree” and “Happy Birthday”. Amazingly, she also likes to sing the alphabet. She knows A through L gets a little hung up on the next letters, and then knows the rest. I’m pretty sure she already has a better memory than me.