They say it takes a village to raise a child. It seems that I am using up all my help from the village before Lil' Junior even arrives. My pregnancy woes continue and the couch is pretty much my permanent home. However, all the R&R that I need doesn't blend all that well with my two little busy bodies that already call the Harrell House home - Jaley and Sarah.
In comes the village. Scott, of course, is helping out a ton with both the girls and the house. He has gotten reacquainted with both the washing machine and the vacuum cleaner - two appliances he has visited less in recent years when I was at home more. But try as he might, there are only 24 hours in his day. Cisco still takes up many of those. So during the week, we also have two babysitters on call. They have more energy to spare in a single afternoon than I have in a month. Chrissy and Jamie play with the girls while I go to my never ending doctor appointments or hide in my bedroom trying to pretend that napping is a normal part of my personality. And when the sitters are busy, I have an entire army of neighbors and friends that have been lending a hand.
But as the weeks have turned into months and my slide of feeling worse continued, we needed even more help. In comes the extended village. And as anyone knows the first call in the extended village is always for Mom. A mother's job is never done. Jan and Shirley would agree right now - it is truly never done. They are alternating visits to help with the girls and around the house. Shirley was here in mid-July. Jan was here while Scott was away in late-July. Shirley is back again when Scott will be traveling for work and Sarah is tracked out of school in mid-August. Then Jan and Mike are back to help for a short visit in early-September followed by a longer visit when baby arrives in late-September. Finally, Shirley is arriving in early October to make a new home in Cary. As I said a mother's job is never done.
This blog is a special thank you to everyone that is helping out right now. Ever since Sarah's arrival, I have known that it takes a village to raise a child, but this year it is clearer than ever. Thank you to everyone for the help, support, kindness, and love.
That is life in the Stroller Lane. Lots of Love.