30 December 2012

Can I watch my own children?

This evening my wife went grocery shopping. Normally this event would not warrant mentioning except for one small detail....she went alone.

Four weeks ago my wife had my first daughter. That makes three children in all. Five weeks ago, my wife would go about freely without a care in the world. This time she hesitated, as if I were incapable of watching all three of my kids at once. The fear in her eyes made me second guess myself. Did I know what to do? Could all hell break lose during her trip?

I had to regroup. My normal routine of sitting on the couch listening for noises and screams would not work. 


I gathered everything that I needed to include diapers, pull-ups, juice in sip cups, milk bottles, wipes, and toys. I brought them all into the living room and sat them on the couch. I picked the infant up and......sat down on the couch to listen for loud noises and screams.

6 comments:

  1. Pretty funny last line. I can relate to listening for loud noises, but all kidding aside it's unfortunate that this is the low bar that many set for men's attentiveness.

    You didn't say it, but Kevin heart did -- called it babysitting. Ugh, that's a pet peeve of mine, as I hate it when fathers are portrayed as babysitting their own children. No one would ever think of saying that to a mom.

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  2. I assume since you didn't say otherwise that everything went ok. Phew, what a relief huh? 3 is so many more than 2!

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    1. You're right it is! Everything went just fine. My oldest is 11 which helps out a lot with the younger children being 2 and 4 weeks.

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  3. Although I used his clip, I would never call it babysitting and I agree with your assessment of how low the bar is set. In all reality, I didn't let the kids leave the room, but I didn't do much moving either. It's an adjustment having an infant around. I missed it with my first two because of deployments and such. I'm sure I'll get used to it...

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  4. Listening for loud noises and screams? I thought I was the only one? I have 3 kids and one on the way, should be here in Feb, total of 4. 3 more than 1. 2 more than 2. Whew! LOL

    Hopefully, everything was ok? Right?

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    1. It all went well, this time. I've got to come up with a gameplan so I won't feel so overwhelmed....lol.

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