I've been absent for a few days, and it wasn't exactly planned. Well, part of it was planned: I agreed to provide childcare for my 2 1/2 year old nephew for a few days. The part that wasn't planned: That it would consume virtually every waking hour of the day, then to be followed by an exhausting sleep, leaving me no brain power for creativing nor energy for anything else.
The fact that I didn't realize that child care for a smart, busy two year old should be so time consuming is a tip off that I'm childless. I know this lovely little boy as the one who always snuggles with me, smothering me with hugs and kisses. His cute little face gazes lovingly at me while we color or play games. He peacefully falls asleep while I rock him, or read him a bedtime story. In other words, the perfect child.
Reality check! Toddlers are not always like this! Not even my loving, beautiful little nephew.
I'm back to work today, and my nephew is back with his mom and dad. I never realized how many more free hours in a day working a full time job would give me. Hats off to all the parents out there!