A look back at a blog that has been sitting in my draft box for a couple months:
At dinner the other night, my s-i-l mentioned she reads my blog and always keeps an extra eye out for mention of herself....because it's kinda like being famous. Flattering, but I don't think my readership has grown QUITE that much recently :) She also mentioned she doesn't have a code name......maybe we should open that up for further review. If we give all my sibs and their spouses and kids a code, I'm going to need a spreadsheet.
When LB was about 7 months old, my brother returned from Iraq as a contractor and his family moved to TX for a job transfer. Now, I had worked full-time until LB was born and my s-i-l had been a stay-at-home mom for two years previous to LB's arrival, so I had been eagerly waiting for us to be SAHMs together....and then they moved.
LB turns 8 in July, so I've been waiting 7 YEARS for this, but they FINALLY moved home. My current work as an instructional designer allows me to stay home most of the time, but I do work occasionally. This week, for example, I'm training Monday/Tuesday - my first training experience. I have a wonderful neighbor who has helped me with SP in the past, but I found out I was training on Sunday and needed to be there at 7am Monday morning.....kinda last minute! My s-i-l stepped in to help me with the kids, getting LB to and from school and spending the day with SP (yay for SB's daycare taking her last minute Monday!).
I've had so many friends help me with the kids over the years, but there's something so reassuring leaving your kids with someone who is not only a mom of more experience than myself, but family. It's like being able to bi-locate. I have as much (or more) confidence in her ability to handle the situation as I would. It also reminds me how much SP has grown. In January, she spent a couple days with my neighbor and she was mostly drinking bottles with a little food. Yesterday, she'd only had about a bottle between the b-milk and water-apple juice because she was so into the "real" food. SP is growing up so fast. I'm so blessed to be able to spend my time with her, and even more blessed to have great friends and family to support me in my career. As I drove to work today, I kept thinking how blessed I am. Then my favorite song came on the radio right as I was pulling up to the training facility...."if I had no voice, if I had no tongue, I would dance for You like the rising sun".