Now let me stop you before you go off into an Aladdin sing along.
To start off let me just say that I have a whole new found appreciation and respect for stay at home moms and dads. Of course, I always respected them, but I could never fully grasp their everyday life…that is until this past weekend.
Friday to Tuesday, I helped Kate watch Nora and Ben, while Britt and Matt were in Florida. When I agreed to help, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into, but I knew it was going to involve spending more time with my niece and nephew and that offer I just couldn’t turn away.
Thanks to Britt’s neatly typed time schedule, with everything for the kids, it made the whole weekend pretty successful. There were many nights where Kate and I would sit down on the couch around 9 pm and think that all we really accomplished that day was keeping the kids alive, which is a pretty dang good accomplishment. While Kate did most of the work, I was right there helping and learning.
I was on Nora duty for the nights, while Kate was on Bennett duty. Let me tell you, there’s nothing more confusing than being half asleep when a three year old walks into the room and you hear, “AC, I have to go potty.” This happened more than once and I think my heart slightly stopped every time I saw a two foot figure standing in the door frame.
It was a crazy and exhausting weekend to say the least, but I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. All the smiles and giggles made it worth it and I now understand what stay at home moms and dads go through. What they do everyday is not easy, whatsoever, but I completely understand why they do it.
It’s all for those little moments in life. The one-on-one time with them, the ridiculous questions, the belly laughs, the tears, the blood curdling screams, the joy in their innocent eyes, their wonder, and everything in between.
My respect for my sister and every other stay at home mom and dad has grown tremendously throughout this experience. This post doesn’t even do justice for how much y’all mean, but I hope you never forget that y’all are appreciated and needed for your kids…and your husband’s or wife’s sanity.