Tuesday, June 18, 2013

It Takes a Village

Babies are a lot of work.  The incessant diaper changes, feedings, crying, fussiness, laundry, blow out diapers with poop leaking up the back.  Kids are a lot of work.  They need help getting dressed, they want to go out and play, they need to be reminded to eat food that isn't ladened with sugar.  I really understand the concept of "It takes a village to raise a child".  Because man oh man is it difficult on your own.

My husband, Andy, is a great help.  He'll change Arya's diaper, hold her while I eat or shower, and put her down for a nap.  He encourages me to breastfeed when I'm ready to throw in the towel and he helps make sure I get out of the house.  He takes Isabella out to play when I'm in the throws of a cluster feed and he helps make dinner.

My mom comes whenever I ask her and whenever she thinks I need it.  She'll do crafts with Isabella, hold the baby, put her down for a nap.  She does laundry and helps with some housework.  She'll watch Arya so Andy and I can take Isabella to the park or out for ice cream.

My sister comes once a week and she'll do Isabella's bedtime or play dress up with her.  She'll take Isabella for a fancy slumber party or on a trip to the zoo.

I have great friends who come up just to keep me company and give me some normalcy when I feel like the days are just blending into each other and I'm dripping with monotony.

It's great to have a village.  I'm not sure I could do it all alone.


Madonna said...

How awesome. Being home drove me bat shit crazy and our house is so tiny that it wasn't accomodating for everyone to just stop on by. But I think having E continue at daycare part time was the best option for us since at some point during the day, someone was giving her one-on-one time when needed. Glad the first few weeks are going well.

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