Apparently, one working mom and two working dads!
To make a long background story short: Gabriel couldn’t go to daycare today, and Michael and I had to do some unexpected juggling to work with him at home. We invited our good friend Peter over to help out as well.
Michael came home around 10 a.m. to work the rest of the day at home, and I waited to start working until he arrived. We then invited Peter, who works from home on Tuesdays with his 9-month-old daughter, Audrey, to come over for the day.
Between the three of us, we watched two crawling babies, had a lovely lunch, and got (at least I did) quite a lot of good work done by 4 p.m.
The nature of my job–and especially my current projects–demands that I be 100% focused while I’m working. PR is a very time-sensitive field a lot of the time! Not that Michael and Peter don’t have to stay focused too, but their particular current projects seemed to lend themselves well to keeping an eye on two happy babies who mostly kept one another entertained all day.
Now I truly understand why a certain wise friend of mine suggested that I just “make a sibling” for Gabriel when I complained about him needing to be entertained so much: Gabriel really does stay more contented when playing with other babies than when it’s just the two of us.
By the end of the day most days, he is bored of all of his toys and all of our games. On those days, nothing mommy (or daddy) says, does or sings to him makes him happy for more than about five minutes. But if we go out in the evenings–Family Dinner is a perfect example–he just eats up being around other babies and other people.
There’s my slice of life post for today. It was a good day 🙂 And it’s about to end on an even better note: I’m headed to go take a long, hot bubble bath in my whirlpool tub and finish my new favorite Jane Austen story, Persuasion.
Life is good for this little momma.
Dearest "Bosom Friend," 🙂
I know how it is with two babies! (at least part time) I watch my infant niece 3 afternoons/week and she and Liam just stare and giggle at each other. Their interactions have to be constantly supervised, however, because my niece still falls over when she tries to sit up and when she and Liam play, they just poke at each other 🙂 But I can't wait for #2 to come along, whenever God would like that to happen. I love Liam so much and I want to give him (and our little family) the gift of a sibling.
It's great catching up on my subscription to your posts! It's so much fun to have blog friend – how fun would it be to actually meet someday?
Your friend Katie
Erin, that last bit of info about taking a long, hot bubble bath with a good book is too much like your mom! Do you lock the door, too? Anyway, I'm glad to see you taking care of yourself, as well as your family. You'll ALL be happier!
Melissa boudreaux says
Another great blog! Though I want to ad that the sibling theory is not the same. It's instaneous extra work and the being occupied with a sibling is nothing like the friend's child that goes home. Siblings are more daily competetion, she stole my toy, when it my turn, keep you doubly busy crazy fun. I'd stick to borrowing entertainment until uou are ready for double workload but of course do not wait too long. They really are great and watching the interaction is beyond amazing. Love both my babies and all the chaotic fun we have, just can't imagine a full time job on top of it.
You inspire me! 😉
haha. So glad it worked out 🙂 I think it was good for everyone. I think we're starting to see the beginning of a wonderful stage where they can entertain themselves so well when they're together 🙂 YAY!