It is hard to believe how much Emma, baby, MrH and I have become our own little tribe. We are very close. Particularly since I am at home all day long with the kids, and take them with me everywhere I go, as I was writing before, I am very attached to them, and to the feeling of having them WITH ME, just like during a pregnancy. (I suspect this is at least partly due to my being a control freak who needs to know all the time what the kids are doing). This is just our way of life.
Enter nanny, and the option today of leaving the kids with her while I go buy lightbulbs and toilet paper and odd grocery items like cream of tartar (don't ask). I went without them, mainly because I wanted to see what it would be like. On the plus side, I went to three different stores and to the post office in the span of less than one hour. I got to tick off a list of items that had been running on over the past two weeks, I was just strategically trying to do it without having to put the kids through the stress of being in and out of their car seats so many times. On the minus side, by the time I reached the hardware store (my last stop), I was so lonely and sad that I was jealous of the mothers coming in with three kids in tow. I mean c'mon, we all know that having to do shopping with kids is universally the stuff of parental nightmares, and yet, I found myself missing my little wingman and my little wing lady. (Never mind the fact that the woman with the multiple kids is actually working, and she probably had just picked up her kids from school/daycare after being away from them for the whole day).
This is going to take some getting used to. Having the nanny in the house feels intrusive to both Emma and me. Today, as I was putting Daniel to sleep with a boob in his mouth, Emma climbed into bed with me, shut the door (the nanny was in the kitchen, putting the groceries away), and she said "mommy, I want to go home". I wanted to say "so do I". My feelings exactly, little girl. We don't like change, and this is Big Change to all three of us. Luckily for Daniel, he is mellow and little and just goes along for the ride. I am big and anxious, and feel like opposing the change with all four hoofs digging in the dirt.
Anybody remind me where the carrot is? It is supposedly dangling in front of my nose, but I just cannot see it, tears clouding the view and all... (One would be completely unable to tell that it is I who chose to have a nanny instead of dropping off the kids at daycare, because of the daily grind of having to be in time both for my work start and for the daycare closing time). Yep, people, it was my choice.
On the plus side, my house has never been cleaner.
Here are some pictures of what my kids look like in the snow. It was -5C today (23 F), and we had fun while I shovelled the driveway and the patios. Emma likes to help with her own shovel, and baby likes to sleep on my back (preferably) in the Ergo carrier, or in the stroller if the going gets rough and I have to do a lot of shovelling fast.