Today begins week two of my being on my own with two kids. It was a little difficult at first giving everyone the attention they need while also making sure the house wasn't too upside down and dinner was on the table every night. But by the end of the week our own rhythm began to emerge. I've also begun teaching an online composition course from home and even though my students have lots of assignments due, I'm still finding this new life of ours a little easier and a lot more enjoyable than our old life of full-time jobs and long commutes. Yesterday I nursed and did housework most of the day, but I also read several chapters of a good book, knitted, made a yummy apple cake and even got a bit of writing done. Today, S and I have been learning about Martin Luther King, working on his handwriting and reading. We still have puzzles, crafts and yoga on our list of things to do before dinner.
I still find it difficult keeping up with all the house work and keeping S entertained all day while also tending to Vivian's needs, but it gets easier everyday, and S has been a wonderful help fetching things for me when my hands are full, helping to soothe Vivian when she's fussy. He always seems to know just why she's crying even when I don't.
As for S, he's been adjusting fairly well. He adores his sister. The only problem we're having is his not minding me as well as he used to, but he's getting better.
Seamus and Vivian grow closer everyday. Her eyes follow him around the room, and he can't stop kissing the top of her head.
P.S. Thanks to my aunt Vivian for the adorable onesie she sent to her namesake.