We had two people working full time outside of the home this week. The short story? We made it.
Here’s a bit longer version:
This is the seventh summer in a row that I am teaching summer school. I choose to stay home with the boys (2 and 4 months), but I do miss teaching. The summer school program I teach for is a really awesome one, and it helps me stay in the game teaching-wise. Plus I think it is good for my sons to see me being successful and happy doing something I love (besides care for them).
But it is not something I would want to year round. The boys are with my parents (thanks mom and dad!) so I don’t have to worry about them during the day. But I still miss them. By the time I got home, cleaned/sterilized the bottles, cooked and got everyone fed, and repacked the bags for the next day, I had only one hour or so with my boys before bed time. That meant that I couldn’t do any chores or anything for myself if I wanted to see them. Needless to say…the house got pretty messy. And dinners got pretty simple.
I’m not trying to complain or anything. I guess I’m just trying to say…I don’t know how people who work full time do it. I’m so thankful for this opportunity to teach summer school each year, but I also am always reassured in my decision to stay home with my boys during the rest of the year.
The whole week I just kept telling myself “I will survive.” And I did.
This morning, Nathan and I spent a couple hours getting everything back in order around here. In the evening, we went out to enjoy the weather at a nearby park. We had a few fun events. First, Simon tried out the swing!
At the end of the evening, I was sitting with Simon in the grass watching Nathan and Elias play together on the play structure and swings. Simon has been working on sitting up. I still wouldn’t say that he can “sit up” on his own. But I prop him up with his legs wide apart and both arms on the ground, and he can sort of hold himself up. It’s pretty cute.