Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Though it's only Tuesday for many of you out there, it's TuesFri for me! That is a Tuesday that's like a Friday because you don't have to work the next day. I know what you're thinking... I don't work! That's mostly true. I mean, technically I do the whole 24-7 mom thing which some people fiercely insist is work. I call that fun, to be completely honest. Not that it's not ever trying, but I don't consider it "work" work. You know what I mean. What you may have forgotten because I don't talk about it that much is the fact that I do babysit my nephew Austin. This is him: 
His parents are going to Mexico until next Tuesday and he will be staying with his grandmother while they're gone. Back when I first started watching him I posted a bit about how I missed having the freedom to do what I wanted to during the day. I don't take him anywhere in my car, so we pretty much sit on the floor in my living room playing with toys all day. We go to the kitchen to eat and then there's nap time, but for the most part I spend close to 40 hours a week on my living room floor. I'm glad I'm there rather than somewhere else away from home or away from my baby, but the prospect of 7 days in front of me with which I can do whatever I want is just plain exciting. It's the life I had for 8 months after my baby was born and before Austin started coming to my house. I miss it. My baby loves going places and we used to get out somewhere just about every day, so being confined to the house has been rough. I also get to go back to caring for just one baby for those 7 days. I think I posted about that back when I started watching Austin, too. Not only is it challenging to take care of two babies that are their ages, but there are times that I can't do something for my baby because I'm doing something for Austin and that makes me sad. Now that she cruises there are also times when she gets in trouble and I get impatient with her because she's wandering away or getting into something while I'm giving Austin a bottle or changing his diaper. I think about the fact that I wouldn't have to reprimand her if I were only taking care of her. But alas, that is not the case. And I watch Austin because I know how I felt when I was thinking about who I would leave my precious baby with when I had to go back to work and the answer was - outside of family, no one. So when my brother and his wife heard that I was going to stay home and maybe babysit a few kids to help make up for my lost income they asked right away if I could watch their baby. I knew what it would mean to them and I said yes.

That's a story that lots of you probably already know. Sorry to be redundant! But all that brings me to what I'm going to do with my little semi-vacay for the next few days. So far we have a play date scheduled tomorrow morning, a lunch with the counseling department I did my master's internship with on Thursday, and then a lunch with daddy on Friday! Saturday morning we also have a shopping date with another friend of mine who is expecting in November. We'll be hitting a local baby consignment store and the famed Hobby Lobby. So far that's what we've got. I'm looking forward to it. I intend to get some projects done, and get my house cleaned. I'm shocked at the amount I don't get done during nap time, but that's another topic you've heard about in another post! Maybe I'll also do a 24-hours with my baby... haven't done one of those for a very long time. Guess you'll have to stay tuned to find out :)

I guess that's it for this post. I was just excited that I'm kind of on vacation and had to share! Now, if it would stop down-pouring so I could spend afternoon nap out on my deck doing something about these winter legs of mine....

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