Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My "business deal"

Yesterday was a long day. Stephanie and I nanny for my friend's daughter, Emma, twice a week. (Emma is 6 weeks older than Stephanie.) The girls are great, they play well together, and now that they are both toddlers my job is much easier. They play and interact and have fun without too much intervention by me. (I think it's important for children to play independently, without constant adult interaction. Of course i'm always right there to step in a re-direct if needed, but for the most part I let them do their own thing.)

I left Emma's house at 3:45 yesterday, and headed to the grocery store. Stephanie loves sitting in the cart at the grocery store, especially because she usually gets cheese at the deli. We had to do a big shopping, and it took us almost an hour. I lugged the groceries from the cart into the car, and then at home, from the car into the house. I then gave Stephanie a snack (it was 5:00, and she's used to eating dinner by then), unpacked all the groceries, made dinner, hung up some wet clothes from a load of laundry I had done earlier, washed the dinner prep dishes, and put away the lunch and diaper bag things from the day. By this time, it was 5:45, and I was EXHAUSTED!! But I have to say, I was proud of myself for accomplishing everything. I'm still having some of that first trimester exhaustion, but it's getting better. So for me, getting so much done in such a short amount of time was my version of closing a big business deal if I were a business woman, or making a big breakthrough with a child if I were a teacher, etc. When you're a stay-at-home mom, these types of things are the things that have meaning for you. Of course, Dan came home two minutes after I had sat down for the first time in over two hours. Why does it always happen like that?

Today was just another day. We nannyed, then came home and did some house things. I made a black bean casserole for dinner, and right now Dan is out tutoring, Stephanie is in bed, and i'm going to relax for a little bit!

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