Today is officially the last day I am a stay at home dad. For those that don't know, I took three weeks off from work to be at home while Rachel got acclimated to her new part time work schedule, and to see that Noah got a little older before we start taking him over to my moms house. Rachel will only be working on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The rest of the week, she will be at home with them. I don't think I will have to work many Saturdays, so hopefully it will only be two days that the kids will be at my moms house.
Being at home with the kids is interesting. There isn't much time to do anything that I want to do. I end up spending a lot of time playing with blocks or reading books or stuff like that. Ammon is starting to talk (for real) and that makes things a little more interesting, in that he can at least answer questions about things he wants to do instead of me having to guess all the time. Noah has gotten to the point where he is sleeping through the night and takes a nap about the same time of the day as Ammon does, so that is the time to get the laundry done, or write in my blog. Today I chose to do the blog. It really has been great being here at home with the kids. Partly because starting on Monday, I will not be seeing them very much. It depends on my new work schedule. I'm not quite sure what it is going to be but I do know that it is all day long. We'll see if I'm cut out for 12 hour days.
Friday, October 17, 2008
So I have almost completed my first full week as a stay-at-home dad. It has been kind of crazy so far, and I have come to realize just how much discipline it takes to be on top of everything. And I only have two kids. I have to remember to feed them, and change their diapers. I have to bathe them and get them dressed. I have to entertain them and make sure they don't get into trouble. It's amazing how little time I have to get any housework done, or anything other than watch the boys and make sure that they don't die. For instance, Ammon has figured out how to open the dishwasher. There were steak knives in the lower part of the dishwasher where you put the silverware, and of course Ammon doesn't grab a spoon, he pulls out the knives. Luckily he was apprehended by the dad police before he got too far with them, but I have to remember that he is getting bigger now, and can do more stuff. And then Noah who is a helpless baby is the main focus of Ammon's interests right now. We have to be extra careful that Ammon is gentle enough and soft enough. He has tried to use Noah as a stepping stool, or a landing platform. He likes to make sure that Noah is warm, so he is constantly trying to cover(smother) him with blankets. He like to do this thing where he bangs his forehead against yours, and Noah's head is just as good as any other. We just have to be very careful. CONSTANT VIGILANCE!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Today in church we blessed Noah. I was worried that we were going to have too many people in our group to all be up on our chapel's little stand at once, but another family went before us and they had like twice as many people, so I wasn't worried anymore. It was me, the bishop, my dad, Rachel's dad, two of my uncles, three of my brothers (it would have been four, but one went to BlizzCon), and a friend. And Noah. Once we were all mashed together up there I started sweating 'cause it was so hot in such cramped quarters, and I was worried that we were going to start a fire. Fortunately we didn't, and the burning smell was just the result of the new boiler being turned on for the first time. But is was a good blessing. Unfortunately we didn't have anyone out in the foyer this time typing it out as the blessing was given. We did with Ammon, my older brother's wife types really fast, but they didn't bring their computer this time I guess. Of course, I didn't even remember to ask her about it until I was on my way up to the stand...