1. Staying home with Henry is just as awesome as I thought it would be.
I am sooooo glad to finally be done with work & being able to take care of baby Henry all day. David & Mary Catherine both did a wonderful job, of course!, but there's no other way to put it other than this: I don't want anyone else to take care of him, IIIIIII want to take care of him. And now I am.
It is truly gratifying work, even though it is quite mundane and repetitive. I'm convinced that God made babies REALLY cute on purpose to offset all the work they require! If you have to wipe pee & poop off a butt a dozen times a day, at least its a really cute butt. When he wakes me up hollering in the middle of the night, at least those screams are coming from a really cute little face. Seriously though, when that kid smiles, I totally forget how much trouble he has caused in the past 24 hours. There's some genius behind this system.
2. It is dangerous to spend the day near a refrigerator.
I have banned all junk food from the house in fear (a confirmed fear) that left unsupervised all day, I would 'accidentally' eat it all. I have, however, rediscovered berries. So good, so healthy, and in the summer, at Costco, so affordable. Berries- get some.
3. I need deadlines, schedules, and official 'start times.'
Being at home, I have quickly realized that I really liked the structure that the working life provided. I had a very clear time when my day had to begin, specific tasks that needed to be done, and definitive deadlines for when things needed to be accomplished. Now, I am sort of my own boss, and apparently, I am a huge pushover!!! I have starting making a list & a schedule for myself every day. Now, don't get confused and think that this is because I am so organized and on top if things. It is actually because I am a procrastinator and will accidentally take naps with Henry and lay about all day unless someone keeps me in line.
4. I love the stroller.
It holds a lot of things, Henry is almost always happpy in it, it gives me great freedom to go places, and I feel like I look purposeful pushing it. You know, like a 'real' mom.
5. Henry loves summatime! Give that kid a Corona!