Thursday, July 25, 2013
My mom came into town last night and, thank god, because I haven't entirely shaken that funk I was in earlier in the week. And to add to that funk, my patience with Alice and our daily routine has been threadbare lately, making for long days for both of us.
But now Grandma Julie is here and has taken over the morning playtime with Alice. She has read her half a dozen books (a few more than once), she has sung songs on demand (Alice likes the wheels on the bus in heavy rotation), and she sat with her outside on the deck looking for passing buses while Lee and I enjoyed breakfast and coffee together.
Having help with Alice in the form of family living near us is a luxury I am definitely not used to. I imagine it will take some time to relinquish control of my days caring for Alice but I'm sure once I get a taste of regular Friday night dates with Lee and Saturday morning mountain bike rides with friends, I'll quickly get used to leaving her with her grandparents for a few hours.
Do you have family nearby to help with taking care of your kids? Life-savers or bothersome?