Monday is my husband's day off, so we plan our family activities around that day. Today the weather here is fairly mild for this time of year with just a bit of wind and a slight chill in the air, so my husband planned a fishing trip.
We considered all going, as we usually do, but decided in the end that it is still a bit chilly to have the baby outdoors for an extended time. Hubby decided to take the oldest four and I stayed home with the youngest three.
They have been gone for about an hour and I have been reminded several times of this truth about having children ages three and under: GOOD GRAVY THIS GIG IS TOUGH!!
I would much rather have them all here because the oldest ones are such a big help to me. I normally sit around all day smoking cigarettes and watching Jerry Springer and hollering at them to do my bidding*, but I'll tell ya what, doing it all myself is hard work!
I am the only one here today who can pour milk, and wipe up milk, and change diapers, and answer the phone, and find shoes, and read books aloud, and hold the baby, and apply band aids, and wipe hineys, and on and on it goes.
I thought for a half a second about going to the post office to mail an apron, but quickly changed my mind after the baby was crying to be nursed while the toddler was crying from falling out of her chair and the 3 yr. old was loudly and urgently reporting from the bathroom, "I GOED POO POO!! PLEASE WIPE ME!!"
All I am saying is I'm thinking of all of you mommies who do this everyday! You have a tough job, but keep your chin up! You are doing something very important and a time is coming very soon when you will have some invaluable help from those little ones you are rearing right now.
*I am kidding! I don't smoke!