Yet another exciting day in single parenthood.
I'm really glad that I've had this experience to take care of the boys without the pressure of school, studying, and deadlines weighing on the back of my mind. I'm hoping it was a terrific break for Leisy and that she will love the boys even more from having had a break from them. I've had a lot of time to think about staying home with kids these past few days. It can be draining, boring, and a little annoying but all-in-all it is wonderfully rewarding, and with creativity and a lot of energy, tons of fun! It would be exceptionally difficult for me to throw away all of the schooling I've completed to this point, sacrificing any future of a promising career, to become a full-time care giver. And yet there are so many amazing people who are willing to give up or postpone careers for the betterment of their family. I am (and always have been) exceptionally grateful for Leisy for not only doing this but for doing it SO WELL! It's not easy to get up and run 6-7 miles everyday even without adding post-delivery recovery, two children and a running stroller into the picture! She not only does that she teaches early morning seminary, cleans the house, forces herself to enjoy cooking and constantly seeks to find better and more healthy recipes to have ready for me when I walk in the door, puts up with me when I am stressed and overwhelmed with school, magnifies her callings, is constantly looking for ways to stretch what little money we have, and is an exceptional friend to many. This is selflessness I can only aspire to have.
Ike cut his first two teeth sometime since I last posted. I thought they were still weeks away from emerging. He had no fever, wasn't overly distressed or uncomfortable - just refused the binky. Zeb was much more dramatic about getting his teeth! Ike is a great baby! I am a fan.
I ran for about an hour this morning at Swan Creek Park. I met some of the other parents (okay... moms) at the park for walking group. I ran on my own but met up with them after at the playground. It was perfect running weather; there was a chill in the air and it was misting rain so it felt like someone was spraying water in my face. There were quite a few people in this park who recognized Zeb and Ike and asked about Leisy. I ran past the group of women that always say to Leisy, "You go skinny girl!!". Zeb of course loved the playground and was more than willing to dry off the slides for all the other kids.
Great naps once again. Project deep clean: Kitchen drawers and coupon organizing (where does she find all of these!!).
We finished out the night with a barbecue. A friend of mine from school had a bunch of us over to celebrate being done with boards. We decided these get-togethers need to occur regularly since we will no longer be seeing each other in the classroom everyday. We are all doing different things now and may see very little of each other. Leisy will be sad about missing this. It was great to relax and enjoy some great food and reflect on how life is going to get very complicated come Monday morning. Yikes! Back to work - but real work this time. No more security of the classroom. This is now the real thing. Real patients and real decision making.
So this blogging thing is kind of liberating! I can type whatever I want and feel like people actually care about reading it!! If you made it this far Hooray - if not... Leisy will be back tomorrow!!