What a difference a month can make. What was my life a month ago, is just a faded memory at this point. Summer was so relaxing and fun, I guess it’s only fitting that now I have to work my butt off. It’s only fair. And in this post, I’m not complaining. I’m merely stating the difference in what was my life and what is my life now.
The same day as Emma’s first day of school, I started watching a 10 month old baby girl. Her name is Nadia and she is adorable. In a lot of ways, she reminds me of what Emma used to be like as a baby so it’s nice to have her around. She is a sweet baby girl and I love having her around 3 days a week. In fact, she’s so sweet and easy to handle that I almost feel guilty taking money for watching her. Except at mealtime. I actually earn my money when I feed her. She hates to eat and I have to trick her into eating the majority of bites at every meal. Just one more thing she has in common with Emma LOL. It’s been almost a month exactly since I started watching her regularly and I’ve grown very attached to her in that time.
The next baby to come into my daily life is my nephew, Rylan. Of course, he’s been in my life before now but now I am watching him on the days that my sister in law works. Rylan in so many ways reminds me of Gerrit and always has. While being 2 weeks younger than Nadia, Rylan is by far bigger and heavier. You wouldn’t recognize that they are that close in age if you saw them and you would immediately guess that he was the older of the two. While Nadia hates eating, Rylan loves it. He’s more than happy to snack and eat his meals and I can safely say that I can feed him in about 1/10 the time it takes me to feed Nadia.
And so far, those are the two extras that I have plus my own. Today was the first time I had to take both Nadia & Rylan into Gerrit’s school to drop him off. I was anxious at first to see how it would work but I managed. I carry Nadia and thank goodness I still have my stroller that I can push easily with one hand. Loading and unloading them is a unique challenge. I figured out today that both their infant carriers would stay in the back seat of the van and I would load and unload them 1 by 1 out the back and over the seat. Time consuming but easy enough to handle.
Next week, I add a boy named TJ. He is 15 months old and will only be here on Tuesdays. He is new in my life and I’m curious to see how the little ones will interact. I met him only 1 time before but he seems like a sweet boy who is easy going. He is the nephew of my friend, Angie and I’m sure I would have heard about it if he was a hellion! I’m trying to work it out that Rylan doesn’t come on Tuesdays so it’s not so crazy.
My kids have been so helpful with the babies so far and I imagine that they will continue to be. It really shows me just how self sufficient Emma & Gerrit really are in comparison to 10 month olds. Some days, they seem so small but when I have the babies here, I can really see just how grown up they are.
This past month has flown by. I can’t explain how fast it’s gone for me. I can’t believe Wednesday will be October and Gerrit’s birthday will be on the 9th. The time goes by so quickly and I find it hard to sit down long enough to blog. And if I do blog, there just seems like there is SO much to say, how do I say it all. I’m sure I’ll find balance again. I am just starting to figure out this new routine and feel like I’m in control again.