Daddy Day Care!
You read that right, I have a new "job." A woman that my wife works with has asked me to watch her little girl while she works, and I said yes. So, now I have a third kid at home with me, which is fun, and I make a little money for it as well. The thing is, this little girl, who just turned one, is so easy to take care of. She is a tiny little thing, but she eats like a grown up! I really have no problems taking care of her other than when I have to go someplace. We have put an extra car seat in our van so that when I take Sydney to school and pick her up, the little girl can ride safely. The problem is that the seat is in the back seat of the van and I have to put her in first. While I'm doing this, my son likes to, I'll just call it "mess around." I implore him to just stand right beside the van, but he always seems to have other plans. Like throwing snow inside the van at me. Or, opening the front door and messing with all the buttons that he can get his hands on. Or, just running out into the parking lot. Lucky the times that I'm doing this there is no one around, or else he would be running out into moving vehicular traffic. I swear if I didn't think it was inhumane, I'd put a leash on that boy!!! So again, taking care of this little girl is actually a piece of cake. Even as my condition(yet to be diagnosed, but I see a new doctor tomorrow) worsens and seems to wear me out quicker, I seem to be able to handle this. Funny thing is, I never seen this coming.
The dreams of youth.
Ever since I was old enough to know better I have always wanted just a few things in life. I knew I wanted to find a woman to love and to love me back. Check. I always wanted two or three kids to raise and be proud of no matter what. Check. I always wanted to complete my college degree and teach high school and coach sports. Not check! I honestly thought for sure that I would be doing those things with my professional life. I still want to for certain, I just have to take care of a few financial situations in order to get back into school and finish my degree. At that point I could find a teaching/coaching job and do what I've always wanted to. However, in the meantime I love doing what I'm doing. I love staying home and taking care of kids. I never though I'd say that. I thought like most guys, that this would be my wife's job and that I'd be the one out earning a living. I am having a blast now though. Sure, I bitch and moan about how difficult this is sometimes, but I wouldn't change a thing about our lives. Sure, we don't have two dimes to rub together at times, but again, I wouldn't change a thing. Now that I'm taking care of this little girl, it will help with the money stuff a little. But, that's not the point. I've got a couple of years yet until Denny goes off to school before I need to get my own career back on track, and I intend to enjoy every minute of it. And if another little one happens to come along, well it might not be the smartest or most responsible thing Stacy and I could do, but oh what fun!!!
It just goes to show that as Forest himself said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." It's what makes life so much fun. What dreams of yours have been put on hold so that you can know the joy of parenthood?
In the meantime, enjoy your kids. They are only going to be this age once!