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It’s finally starting to feel like things are back to normal after Jonas…

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I say this a lot, but I love the promise of a new month and a fresh start.

January started out pretty blah until Jonas hit, leaving my neighborhood snowed in with three feet of snow. Schools in our county were closed all week. My husband worked from home until Friday.

Yes, you heard me right. MY HUSBAND WAS HOME ALMOST THE ENTIRE WEEK.

It always sounds nice at first. No travel time, so they are done with work earlier in the day. Another adult to eat lunch with. Someone to stay home with a napping baby so I can pick up the other two kids at school without waking him.

Then reality hits. He is “home” but not really “home.” He doesn’t help with the kids at all, because he’s working. Yet the kids know he is in the house, so they bother him. And my day turns into a game of Keeping the Children Away from Daddy.

I was hitting the wine pretty early that day. #notgood

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After one day of that torture, I suggested my husband work somewhere in the house where the kids wouldn’t see him. So he set up shop in my closet. That worked better for everyone involved. 

Thankfully, he returned to his office on Friday and our seven-day-long unplanned stretch of togetherness concluded. Just in time for me to get the house ready for weekend guests and the baby’s 1st birthday party.




In my house, third children don’t get the most elaborate of celebrations. It’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Heck, he didn’t even get birth announcements. Oops.

I ordered a bunch of party plates and some simple decorations from Amazon, made a big pot of sloppy joes and some cupcakes and called it a party. Oh and there was plenty of alcohol on hand, which automatically makes any party better. 

It ended up being a fun day and it was nice that all of our New Jersey relatives made the trip down to Virginia to celebrate the baby turning one.

As for me, it felt like a milestone in my parenting career– my last baby’s first birthday. I am not a fan of the baby years (I prefer older ages), so it was a happy one.

I am looking forward to seeing my third-born turn into a little person, take his first steps, and hopefully not follow in his brother’s footsteps and poop on my laptop when it’s time to potty-train.

So that is how I will begin February in my house. The snow from Jonas is slowly melting and I now have a one-year-old, a two-year-old, and a four-year-old. 

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