Monday, 26 January 2015

Dog Days are Over

I've been thinking a lot about the month of January and why I'm not super sad to see it come to an end.  First our furnace broke, resulting in a pricey repair. I'm not going to pretend that Chris and I have been stellar on the furnace maintenance, we've been downright abysmal, but we've certainly paid our toll on that front.  Furnace maintenance will become a part of our mantra...lesson learned.

 Last week Chris and I both had a particularly draining work week where we were both clocking serious time, both in the office and at home at night.  Because of our schedule we were taking the minions to daycare earlier than usual.  This also meant it was dark outside during daycare pick-up and drop off.  One morning, when Molly asked Chris why it was so dark outside, he told her about The Dark Days of January, and talked about how cold it is, how there isn't a lot of sunlight and how sometimes this makes people feel sad sometimes.

baby with soother
Molly chillin out at 3 months.

For the past few weeks, in the evening, we have been subject to terrible moods from Miss Molly. There has been a lot of sulking in the evenings when she doesn't get her way, which sucks when we only get a few hours with her on weeknights. We figured it was just a phase and crossed our fingers that it would pass quickly. Then I read something in Cure for Boredom, a blog I follow, about the author reviewing old blog entries and discovering that January and February are particular months where pep talks are required to help her trudge through these dark days of winter.

This got me wondering about possible trends in Molly's moods, so I went back and looked at previous January's to see if there were any patterns.  If last year is any indication, it would seem that Miss Molly does not like January.  In 2014 the month brought us her bout of "The Go Aways", my fears that Molly was possessed by Batman's nemesis and her declaration of war on pants - and this was just what I was compelled to write about.

Even though the pouting and sulking isn't my favourite...knowing that Molly is quite possibly suffering from a case of "The January's" (kinda like the Mondays, but a whole month of them all at once) has made it a little easier to be abit more patient and understanding, most of the time.

Daycare hosted a Pajama Day on Friday, where all of the kids could wear their favourite PJs and Molly and Jack wore their matching teddy bear housecoats.  This seemed to lighten her mood and bought us some higher spirits for the weekend.  Only one more week until January is over.  Molly says, "good riddance!".

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  1. Hope your days become brighter soon :)

  2. And what a lesson that was. While maintenance could be a hassle to do, furnace repair tends to be a hassle and a bigger strain on the budget. Though there are some things you cannot anticipate, it'll at least cross off some of the probable reasons why your furnace might unexpectedly break down. Anyway, I hope you are all doing well!

    Shelley Coday @ C And C Heat

  3. Yikes! I’m sorry you had to go through that problem with the furnace. It is probably one of the most inconvenient situations to be in, especially during the cold season. It seems like Molly has been experiencing some troubles as well. Do you think it has anything to do with the broken furnace and having to deal with the cold? Anyway, I hope things are doing better nowadays. Thanks for sharing this. Have a great day!

    Rosa Nelson @ HVAC Philadelphia

  4. Molly is so adorable in those pictures. I am glad that those dog days are behind you, now you can start focusing on enjoying the baby more. I think you have had your share of troubles. I know first hand how troubling a broken furnace can be. I spent a fortune to get ours fixed and then finally replaced this month.

    Jodi Bennett @ Marsh Heating