On a to a ligher topic today. Have I ever told you guys about this?
For those of you who don’t know, I went to Colorado School of Mines and got a degree in Chemical Engineering. Senior year the graduating class (there were about 50 of us) voted on various awards and I got this one (and yes, I voted for myself.) Actually, they gave two of us this award, probably because we were the only two in the class who openly wanted to stay at home with kids. I got a lot of “Why are you getting an engineering degree if you just want to stay home?” which is a legitimate question I suppose. Why work my butt off if I didn’t ever want to use the degree? But I’m a math and science nerd at heart, and if I’d done something easier just because it was easier I would always have felt bad about it. Anyway, that’s not really the point of this post. Salina wanted to know how juggling three kids is going, and since she also went to Mines I thought she’d appreciate my award there.
So, three kids. I’ve told several people that three kids hasn’t been any harder than two kids, and for the most part I think that’s true. The day to day logistics of three kids is just about the same. Yes, I have to make sure I have some sort of carrier for him if I’m leaving the house, or a bottle if he’s going to need fed, but not much else changed. I still have to make sure these small people get dressed and fed and played with. It probably helps some that Daniel is an easy baby. He doesn’t cry if I wake him up from his nap to get Kalena from preschool. He doesn’t need rocked or bounced to sleep. He’s pretty content to hang out on the floor, especially if the other kids are around.
I do struggle a little to get enough down time. I’m an introvert for sure, and before Daniel I could count on having nap time to myself to read or blog or make dinner even. BY MYSELF. But now he’s often up during their naps, and on Wednesday his therapy is during their nap. So I feel a little more stressed out sometimes. (It doesn’t help that we keep traveling every weekend. I mean, all the trips have been good, but when you’re in a hotel room with four other people there is definitely no down time.) Things are definitely busy, but I love it. Maybe I’ll have to do one of those “day in the life posts” to give a better idea how things work around here.