narrated by: Lainey
Michael works the weekend shift, putting in his time being the lower ranks while my Uncle Charlie and Dad have the weekends off. They never did when I was growing up though, and I do hope Michael will eventually have weekends off before Silas has grown up entirely.
I do enjoy my time with Silas alone though, without having to be concerned over Michael’s opinions and wants. Silas and I can bond on our own terms, which I appreciate. Whenever I think I’m not so great at the relationship aspect, I can see the way Silas looks up to me, and I feel like I’ve got the Mom part down.
We usually take it easy on our Saturdays, playing with some toys, making french toast.
I’m trying to teach him chess, which Michael thinks it’s way too soon, however my Dad taught me when I was young. He’s a smart kid, even my Mom sees it, and she’s also a high school teacher.
Mostly though he wants to play and make friends. He’s incredibly outgoing, which I think is great, but sometimes it means he requires a bit more attention from peers than I can give him.
He’s in preschool with Percy, and they actually live just down the road, but for whatever reason, Percy doesn’t seem to like Silas.
I’ve talked with his Mom, Alicia about it a few times. We’d both really like them to get along, they are the only boys in their class.
With some persuasion, we can usually get Percy to play near to Silas, but he’s not really interacting.
Mostly, I work overtime to make sure he isn’t lonely by being extra involved when we play at the park. Most parents don’t even come to the park, let alone push their kids and interact.
Maybe in time, I will be more lax, but for now, I enjoy these moments with him.
While Silas plays in the afternoon, I think again about having another baby. I know Michael wants marriage, but he also wants a baby. We’ve tried before, but we hadn’t exactly talked about it before we did. Thankfully, we didn’t get pregnant, but I do think Silas should have a sibling.
I call my parents to come over, my trash compactor broke again, and I’m not handy with mechanical repairs.
Silas also wanted to have a lemonade stand; he doesn’t understand that October isn’t the prime time to sell lemonade, so I ask my Mom to bring change with her.
I was pleasantly surprised though when a neighbor bought some from him before my Mom could, so she was his first customer.
Silas is very attached to his grandparents, and he’s always happy when they visit. It’s nice they enjoy being active in his life.
Willa is usually very involved with Silas too, but now that she’s graduated from EU, she’s busier than ever. She hasn’t been able to babysit Silas like we need and he prefers.
Unfortunately I had to stoop and ask my coworker, Avery if her daughter would babysit for us as my best friend, Alice is engaged!
I explained his routine, and I gave her some tips to help her out on winning him over. Eden is a very nice girl, and while I get on with her Mom a bit more this past year, we aren’t anywhere near friends.
Silas was majorly disappointed when he realized I intended to leave him with Eden. I suppose he thought it was a joke where Willa would pop out and yell psych. I wish it were, because I prefer my sister watching him than a teenager, but it’s too big of an announcement from Alice to dismiss it.
Michael came out and cheered up Silas in the way Michael does best. He really is a wonderful father and a good partner too.
He wants another baby too, but he’d really like it to come with a wedding, and I’m just not there. I don’t want him to take me for granted, expecting me to fill a traditional wife role. I like the way things are, and I don’t feel any desire to change them.
It is wonderful to see Alice engaged though, as she’s wanted the whole family, wife, baby life since we were in college. She would have ran away with any boy who promised her a happy life; I’m just glad it didn’t happen until she was older and more settled with herself.
We all really like Martin, including Michael. We talk about taking family trips together up to the mountains, and having kids at the same time, well the last one is Alice. I think two is enough for me, and I’m impatient to start before Silas is driving a car.
When we get home, I talk to Michael about trying for another baby. We both said we wanted two children, and I feel like its time to add one, before we enjoy our freedom with Silas being in school. The longer we wait, the more I think we won’t want to go back to diapers and sleepless nights.
Michael is eager to agree. He would have liked to have one when Silas was only two, but I enjoyed spending the one on one time with him.
I hope Michael stays happy being with me without getting the ring on my finger. He says our family means more to him than a wedding, but I know it’s something he greatly desires.
We decided to get family portraits taken, just in case we do get pregnant, we thought it’d be nice to have one with just the three of us.
We also got individual photos of Silas for the family, as my parents constantly ask for photos. I’m sure the school will take them this year, but I know from experience, they aren’t usually cute photos.
Mom arranged for a higher learning counselor to come and see Silas. My Mom is adamant that Silas is gifted, and while I feel like he may be, I’m probably bias.
He asked to come and just meet Silas, see him in his natural setting, and just converse. There wasn’t any tests or such, and he asked that we not tell Silas about it.
He’s been in a weird habit of wearing his raincoat I bought him, and I thought it would be off-putting to Alan, but he said genius often manifests itself in peculiar ways in the young and the old.
He agreed with my Mom’s assessment, and he’s to have a period each day in a special group at school.
We decided we didn’t want to make a big deal about it with Silas, so we aren’t saying anything.
Keeping with our normal routine, and while students may ask about it, we are hoping they don’t.
His first day in the new class happens to land on “Take your Father to Lunch” day. So Michael will be able to assess the situation and see how Silas does with the change.
Silas loves preschool, they have a guinea pig, which Silas is enamored with. He’s been begging for a pet of any kind, but I’m not really into pets.
His teacher, Miss Rosabella says he’s very caring and attentive with Chili.
He’d rather play with Chili than do worksheets though.
He’s been making friends with classmate, Clio Browning. It’s nice seeing him able to make some friends, because he’s struck out so badly with Percy and even Clio’s twin sister, Thea.
When Michael comes in early for the lunch, Miss Rosabellla fills him in on how Silas has been doing, which is great. She also asks if he’d come and do a safety meeting in the gym for October, which Michael happily agreed to do. He really enjoys doing the school tours and talking with kids.
Michael got to see Silas interact with his peers too, which helped to ease Michael’s conerns.
He can’t tell why Thea and Percy don’t like him, because Silas is very polite and inclusive.
The lunch went well though. He even began to make friends with Thea, she even picked to sit next to him.
It was only the preschoolers in the cafeteria, which made it much quieter for conversation. Which Thea filled with conversation quite easily.
The twins’ Dad, Luca was in good spirits. He shared stories with how he’s an artist, which made a few of the kids really excited.
Percy’s Dad, Dave did some law work on a lower level, and the kids were not interested at all.
They all loved Michael though, he was forced to wear his uniform, since he was going back out on the streets afterward, and the kids were impressed.
While I’m not ready to get married, now, maybe not ever. I am happy to be with Michael, he’s fantastic with Silas and just people in general. Miss Rosabella called later to inform me that Michael was a hit, and so kind to all the kids, I could tell she had a bit of a crush on my boyfriend.
I’m not worried though, we make a good team.
Notes: Still no marriage wants from Lainey, but they did TFB again this round. I like that they can TFB without being married, it’s nice to see where her head might be, even if her wants to follow. Michael wants marriage and a baby, but he’s rolling enough smaller wants, that he isn’t in aspiration failure. They both IFS of 2, so I suspect when they do have the next one, it’ll be it for them.
Lainey’s wants are mostly selfish and Silas. She wanted him in private school, and he got in so easy! I was shocked, because I couldn’t get the Russo-Traver twins in! So Silas is in private school, which in my game is just advanced classes. Seeing he’s four, I’m pegging him as gifted.
I’m kinda hoping when they do have another baby, that it’s another boy. I think Lainey does fantastic with Silas, and I can see her being a Mom to two sons. We will see.
Thanks for reading!