I made it home in time to catch the kids at the table for a late dinner after swimming! I could have cried with joy and relief, no matter how sappy it made me. And even better was the moment of walking in, when they all screamed “Mama!” and the baby jumped up and down in her high chair squealing and laughing when she saw me.
I am grateful for Nathan, who is so good at turn taking while we are still under the “individual adaptation” part of the family proclamation. He made sure the kids were in pajamas and had their teeth brush while I got to feed the baby her night bottle, giving us a moment to connect, and then brought the kids in for family prayers when they were all ready for bed.
Then we all got hugs, and Nathan put The Boy to bed with his stories while I put The Girl to bed and The Baby in her crib for their stories. The Baby is doing so great, listening to scripture stories and Little Women just as intently as The Girl does! She doesn’t scream or cry or fuss, and now lays down without needing a water bottle for comfort when I am finished reading. She has a little teddy bear, and cuddles on that like a happy little girl who knows she is safe and loved.
We have come a long way in five weeks.
Now that the kids are down, Nathan and I are both back to work on our computers, and hoping for time and energy left to pick up after the kids before the cameras arrive.
Except, you know, the kids will get everything back out as soon as they wake up, so I think the joke is on us.
That’s the plan of happiness.