On Thursday of last week, I had an 8am doctor appointment. Nothing major, just the annual check up required by our insurance. I woke up at 6am, checked the email on my phone, then closed my eyes for just one…more…minute. My bed was ever so comfortable!
When I woke up again, it was 7:55. My kids had all slept in (which never happens), Mike slept in and skipped the gym, then hurried out the door for work without disturbing the rest of us, and now I had 5 minutes to get up and dressed, then drive to my appointment 10-15 minutes away.
I threw in my contacts, put a piece of gum in my mouth, and put on the first clothes I found. I noticed everyone else still in their PJs and announced as I grabbed my keys, "Ryan, you're in charge. I have to GO!"
Every once in a while, I'll leave the big kids at home doing their independent work while I take Jason to the grocery store, and I've left Ryan home alone with sleeping Jason while I take Kaylin to tumbling, but the dynamic of all three kids together is just…different. I've been nervous to leave the younger kids with Ryan in charge, assuming they wouldn't listen to him.
There was one other time I had left Ryan alone with both kids, but I had contacted a stay at home mom neighbor who would be home at the same time, just in case there was an emergency. I was confident that nothing bad would happen while the kids ate breakfast, got dressed, and cleaned up the kitchen after themselves while I was at my doctor appointment. Or would it…?
Sure enough, I came home to the big kids working on schoolwork and Jason watching a tv show on my bed. Nothing was on fire. No one was bleeding. The table and kitchen counters were wiped clean and the oatmeal dishes were all soaking in the sink. It was a beautiful sight!
It's so strange to think that this will be a normal reality someday soon. I won't have to take 1, 2, or all 3 kids with me absolutely anywhere and everywhere. I see the light at the end of the tunnel!!!