i have a new man in my life who loves to stare at me with wonderment in his eyes. his name is zane and i love him. he is 6 months old.
this is zane with his mama, julie. julie and i have been in a small group together for the last two years. maybe two and a half. over this time we have developed a very special friendship and i am so blessed to have her in my life!
over the last 6 months, zane has been hanging out with his grandma and dad, who has had the liberty of working from home quite a bit. so special! eric is a fantastic dad and quite the protective 'mother hen'. but he just got a new job which has forced them to find outside help. and that's where i come in.
today was our first day together, and it could not have gone more incredibly well! and to be completely honest, i haven't seen zane in about two months cause julie and eric don't bring him to small group anymore! so, in zane's baby memory, he probably feels like he has NEVER seen me before, and when he got dropped off, he was napping, so we didn't even have a formal introduction. but he did really great with the fact that he was in a stranger's house. i think it helped that there were three other kids running around like crazy. he was too distracted to be scared.
my kids did great. lily loves babies. topher was ok. and hobey just kept staring at the baby and saying: "baby!" it was funny seeing 'my' 'baby' hobey morph into a big boy in the presence of this actual baby. topher was surprisingly very gentle with zane, but he looked at me and said: "mom! no more babies! just two. hobey and zane. no more." i love that kid. he knows what he can handle and what he can't.
i really never thought i would ever be 1. a mom. 2. a childcare provider for other peoples' kids. but look at me! i'm doing it all and i am actually loving it!