I've never been one to like babysitting, but I must be getting older and nicer or something, because I really haven't minded watching the little ones at the gym. Sometimes I even play with them! Maybe it's the fact that I at least know I'm making money, or that the kids can only be there for up to 90 minutes at a time. Having them rotating through is nice. And here, unlike nursery which is STILL my calling, I don't have to teach a lesson or keep them focused on anything. They can run free and crazy, and I just have to make sure no one gets hurt.
So far Tatum has been doing well playing with the other kids there. After about an hour and a half to two hours she usually starts asking to go home or to see Daddy. I usually take her into the break room for a snack and a few quite minutes then she is ready to play a bit more. If she is there for more then two and a half hours she starts to get naughty. My shifts are only up to 4 hours, but if Greg is home he'll keep her for a while before dropping her off so he can go to work. I think it will work out nicely.
Greg is back at school for the fall semester and really likes his new professor. He is the department head and is really enthusiastic about the program and it's possibilities. His last class was kind of boring, learning all the software and technical mumbo jumbo. This one will get them to think of real life uses for the software. His big project will be to take one of the United Nations 5 millennial goals and work at a plan for its reality, then send it in to them. Cool.
Tatum is so big. She can tell you she is two and hold up two fingers! That took a while to get down :) Every day she is talking more, even having conversations with me. I love that she says "thank you mommy" whenever I hand her something. She is so polite. We are still working on our 3 rules: no hitting, no biting, no scratching. But she is definitely getting better. In the last 2 months we have had many of her friends become big brothers and big sisters. Tatum loves to go and see the babies, and is very soft and sweet to them. She often tells me there is a baby in her belly.
|Brenna and Tatum holding baby Claire|