A week from today Lily will be seven months old. It’s hard to believe that much time has gone by already. That was one of the many things people would say to us before she was born. “You won’t believe how much time flys when you have kids.” Well, they were right. And we haven’t even gotten to the real big stuff yet, like walking and talking. She isn’t crawling yet, but she still manages to get around a little bit by rolling and scooting around on her back. She jabbers up a storm and, fortunately, the novelty of screaming seems to have worn off. Yesterday she was in her crib, supposedly napping, and I crept into her room and laid on the floor and just listened to her jabber and coo. It almost sounds like she’s singing sometimes.
This week starts a period of transition in the house of Ando. Tomorrow Jen officially goes back to work as an elementary school teacher. Before and after Lily was born we tried to come up with some way for Jen to be able to stay at home with the baby as much as possible, whether that would be working from home or working different hours. We knew she would have to work doing something. That’s part of the price for living in the most perfect weather anywhere. It ain’t cheap. Not without sadness, Jen signed on to teach this next year and tomorrow she has to officially report for duty.
It’s been hard for her, these last few weeks, as she prepares for school, takes care of the baby, and prepares to have to leave her in someone elses hands for most of every weekday for the next nine months. There have been tears and anxiety, but also a realization that this is part of God’s plan. We’ve been trying to focus on the positives of it, rather than the negatives. Maybe the biggest positive is that we’ll be able to pay our bills. But as the baby related stuff goes, it will be good for Lily to learn to interact with other kids and she’ll get to have some fun and make some friends besides mommy and daddy.
As hard as the transition is going to be for Jen, the blow will be softened by the fact that Lily will actually be right on campus with Jen. The Lord has provided through Jen’s school childcare for most of the day, up until 1:30. We’ve enlisted the grandmothers and great-grandmother to fill in those last couple hours of each day, a task they were only too eager to volunteer for. I was able to change my work schedule around so that I’ll be able to get off work at noon on Fridays and pick Lily up on my way home and have some nice father-daughter afternoons.
On the whole, while it might not be the schedule that would be our first choice, God has been good and provided us with pretty much the next best thing.