Thursday, May 30, 2013

Village People

Well, this has been a WEEK.  We had planned to take a four year old girl from Safe Families, and had decided that even though Hubby was going out of town on business this week, it should be manageable.  Then that placement fell through and they asked if we could take a five month old boy instead.  Well, somewhere between thinking we had already decided to take a placement anyways so why not and **sqeeeee!! baby!!** we sort of forgot about the business trip thing.  So I've been soloing it with four kids this week.  In all honesty, I'm glad we forgot, because we would have missed out on this little one, and he is just a ball of cute.

That said, being home all week with a 5 month old, 1 year old, 3 year old and 5 year old has not been 100% fun.  Add in that we all have colds and it has been unseasonably cold and stormy and you'll understand why we will be OH SO READY to get Daddy home tomorrow.  But in the meantime, we've done our best to have a good week.

The secret to our success?  Our Village People.  One day I dress as a construction worker, the next day I wear my feather headdress...
Sing it now...YMCA


No.  Not really.  A friend of mine said that she believes in village parenting...as long as they get to pick the village :)  We feel that way too, and are blessed with a pretty awesome village.  This week we've had friends come over bearing little friends to play with and food.  Both sets of our parents have been wonderful to feed and entertain us, and even mow the lawn!  We have awesome girls from our church who are willing to come and babysit for us.  Last night I let the sitter do bedtime for the three eldest and the baby boy and I went to Target and sat in the coffee shop.  It is super comforting to know that at any time I can walk across the street to the park to chat with a neighbor, or go in the backyard and chat over the fence.  It is those little moments that boost my spirit and give me that extra ounce of patience when the baby boy won't settle down, or the kids start bickering.  Even friends checking in on facebook lifts me up.
Watching some Downton together

And really, we got lucky on this one- this baby, besides being super cute (are you sensing a theme with all these kids we get?  All stinking adorable), he is a great sleeper.  He sleeps 8-10 hours STRAIGHT each night, takes good naps, and he enjoys watching Downton Abbey with me.  What more could I ask for?

And when he does get fussy, we've found his lullaby!

"Young man, there's no need to feel down
I said young man, pick yourself off the ground
I said young man, 'cause you're in a new town
There's no need to be unhappy..."


3 comments:

  1. ALL of my safe families babies (and toddlers) have been stinkin' adorable. And remarkably - they've all been GREAT sleepers. Win=win.

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  2. Great way to think about it! Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday. Following, if you have time, I hope you can follow back ;-) https://www.facebook.com/HappyAndBlessedHome
    Monica
    http://happyandblessedhome.com

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  3. Bless you for what you do and the difference you make in those little lives!

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