11 The number minutes of Bil has been gone since leaving for his night at work.
307 number of times Charlotte has screamed that Danny touched her, looked at her, hit her, since Bil has left. I don't think he has actually touched her at all, but I can't prove it. I think I need to separate them during nap time.
4 hours, 40 minutes until I can reasonably put the kids to bed. This may be a very long afternoon and evening. And I get to do it all alone. Have I mentioned that Bil is working nights now, indefinitely? Which means I will have to bathe, brush teeth, feed dinner, read bedtime books, discipline, etc, with no help at all. None. But, I am not going to dwell on that. No, instead, I am going to think of all the positive aspects of Bil working nights....
Well, he has a job. I should be grateful for that, right?
OK, well, that's enough of looking on the bright side for now.
5 the number of days that I will be sole caregiver to 5 children under the age of 8. Next Thursday, I will have taken up residence at my sister's suburban home, while she and her husband traipse off to the Cayman Islands for a wedding. I volunteered to take care of her kids back in May when we all got the invitations to my cousin's wedding. My sister is particularly close with this cousin and I knew she would really want to go. I also knew the biggest obstacle in her way was child care. As I already stay home with kids, I didn't hesitate to volunteer.
All summer I have been completely confident in my ability to manage five kids for a long weekend. Everyone I knew asked me questions like, "Are you crazy?" "How are you going to handle 5 kids?" "You are so going to be ready for a padded room after that week, you know that, right?"
I have to say I was slightly offended at people's lack of faith in me. How hard could it be? I thought. I mean, what's two more kids, right?
Well, that was before this past weekend when my family and I stayed at my sister's house when we came to town for my brother's wedding. After spending less than 36 hours in the company of 5 kids under the age of 8, I am now terrified for this upcoming week and am seriously doubting my judgement in volunteering my services. At one point this weekend, my niece was rollerskating in the house and running over anyone in her way, my nephew was playing video games with loud noises, Tommy was crying and my other two were playing with every toy that beeped or talked in the house and my eyes started twitching.
I don't do noise well.
This should be a very interesting week.