Well folks today is the day! Dorothy is 2 weeks old and Corey has returned to work. That means I am officially on my own for the 60 hours a week that he spends at work.
When Corey’s bosses (from both jobs!) surprised him with 2 weeks paid paternity leave I cried. What a blessing! How wonderful it would be! What a difference that would make to my recovery, to the children adjusting, to… everything!
I was totally and completely right of course. It was wonderful. Corey took fantastic care of all of us. He did dishes and cleaned bathrooms. He let me sleep in, nap, take long showers and blog. He ran the errands. He took the boys to school and picked them up every day. He kept me well stocked with chocolate. In the afternoons I watched Truman and Dorothy while he did homework with the older boys. Then we’d switch children and I would do piano practice while he took care of the little ones. During the day when Jack and Alaster were gone he would take Dorothy so I could have one on one play time with Truman (who is showing signs that having a new little sister is difficult for him). Or he would take Truman for a bit so I could focus on Dorothy. Or we’d all play together one big happy family!
Maybe you can see why I’ve started to believe that when you get to 4 kids you just kind of need both parents home at all times! I’m spoiled now and it’s hard for me to picture how this is going to work with him gone! I bet Truman would agree. It’s going to break Corey’s heart to hear it, but this morning a little after he left for work Truman came to me and asked “Ah Daddy?” I asked him if he wanted Daddy and he answered back so seriously with a nice little head nod “Yassss.” (yes)
The good news: Corey got us all (especially me!) off to a great start. I am recovering much quicker this time around thanks to him. Dorothy had her first really fussy spell last night and I don’t feel like a zombie this morning even though I didn’t get much sleep. I chalk this up to Corey making sure I got enough sleep the first 2 weeks!
So. Wish me good lucks folks! It’s time to leave dream-land with Corey and be a big girl in the real world all by myself! Exciting and just a little bit scary! I’ll let you know how we do!