Monday, February 22, 2010
An Unusual Change of Pace
For the last couple of weeks, when Bennett needed to be taken to his new school (it's called Step By Step Academy, by the way), I would do the driving. I'd make a right on the first main road to go in the opposite direction and get Carter to his pre-school, then I'd turn around and head in the other direction to head to SBSA (what I will call Bennett's school from here on out).
All in all? I was spending around 3 hours in the car/loading and unloading kids.
Now keep in mind something you might not be aware of. Very late last year I was temporarily laid off. Not sure when I will be back to work if at all, though the plan is that I will be at some point. That's something I haven't blogged about yet, and I will certainly go into more detail on a future post, but at least for the immediate time being I am unemployed. Again.
So I didn't mind the driving, it was cool with me, and it certainly was less of a burden on Jennifer.
But it's a lot of gasoline, which ain't cheap, and while I can make some money doing some freelance and eBay to keep us afloat for awhile (though I may be going into the unemployment office as well), Jennifer decided that rather than work from home (like she has been doing for the last couple of years) she would go back to her office.
Because SBSA is actually on the way to her office. So instead of me driving a double commute (drive-out/drive-back then drive-out/drive-back) she will be doing a single commute and handling kid transport.
My role now changes to still get up in the A.M., but instead I now do what she was doing...get the kids dressed and fed and ready for the day. That all started today, and went off without much of a hitch.
Wow, the house is so eerie. So quiet.
It has been a LONG time since I have been in the house alone during the day. Jen and I were both working from home and even though we didn't hang out all day we would bump into each other, sometimes have lunch together and so on.
But now it's back to just me.
Feels weird. I'll get used to it certainly, but for now anyway, it's just strange.
Anyway, that's the news from Lillyville. Bennett hasn't progressed a TON since starting SBSA only because he hasn't been there all that much lately. Last week he was there ONE day. Monday was a holiday. Tuesday we got hit with snow and they were closed. Two days he had rhea that made his butt so sore and red that he screamed as if we were torturing him when we changed his diaper.
The other day left in that week he was at SBSA.
He is repeating a bit more often now though. I can say 'Dee-Dee' or 'Ma-Ma' and 6-7 out of 10 times he will repeat it. No 'Da-Da' in there at all yet. I do miss him saying it, but I'll take 'Dee-Dee' for now.