For those wondering how life at "the in-laws" is going, we'll it's week three and I couldn't be happier. In fact, I'm considering just ditching the whole Maine thing and staying here with Sylvia forever - at least until the children are self-sufficient. Yes it's true.
First, she can't get enough of holding Amaya. She baths the kids, she dresses them, undresses them, feeds them, takes them to the park, and loves them as much and as well as I do. Its totally like having a second set of arms to help me.
Second, she has noticed that her son is a total man, and I think she has some empathy for me for having to pick up his underwear and plead with him repeatedly to do the simplest of chores. (Oh yeh, she's on my side Jermaine!..you don't know it, but she asked me when you got to be such a slob - I told her that it happened on her watch, not mine...I'm not taking the blame for that!)
Third, she cooks. It's so wonderful to eat food that I haven't had to prepare. It's the best. Last week she even made my lunch! Yes, chicken to put on my salad. It's true.
Forth, work is 12 minutes from her house, 25 from my old house.
Fifth, her iron is the bomb. I am not moving out of here without a Rowanda. I love that thing, I have to have one.
Sixth, she's here when Jermaine has to go away on business trips so I don't have to be alone w/three kids. She's like a back up for Jermaine, it's great!
Lastly, my mother-in-law is also my friend and I enjoy spending time talking to her in the evening after the kids are in bed. I guess that would be the one downfall, I often miss my 9pm bedtime! :-)