This has been a big week in our house. 2013 is here (we all slept through the midnight celebration) and I went back to work on Thursday. The plan is for Miles to spend Mondays and Wednesdays with a nanny at our friends' house (they have a one and a half year old girl) and Tuesdays and Thursdays at our house with a different nanny. We feel so lucky to have two very loving and capable women taking care of our baby, but of course it's not easy for us to leave him.
Miles has been spending some quality time with his dad, and I think these two are pretty attached. Most mornings Steve gets up with Miles and takes him downstairs where, according to him, they complete the following routine: Steve brushes his teeth, they do a weather report ("dark and rainy" or "dark and cold"), a tree lighting "ceremony" (during the holidays), read a few books, play with a toy or two, and finally guitar lessons, during which Steve lays the guitar down and lets Miles pluck the strings. They've been taking lots of walks in the baby carrier, and even tried out the jogging stroller on a few runs.
This time is really helpful for me too, as we are still struggling with a consistent sleep schedule over here. On weekends I get to use this time to sneak in a little more sleep. I'm hopeful that now that Miles is 5 months old, his sleep rhythms will become a bit more regular, and he'll start to learn from the training we've been trying to implement pretty consistently. I almost hate to jinx it, but Miles has taken a full hour and a half nap 3 days in a row...maybe we're on our way.
And of course we took another photo on the couch to commemorate the 5 month mark. Here's an outtake from our little shoot and the winning photo below. :)