I have a new "job" and I'm very excited about it. I am going to be watching a little boy from church Monday-Friday starting after Labor Day. The hours are somewhere between part-time and full-time. His name is Alex and he just turned 3 and I'm hoping and praying that he and Topher will love each other and become surrogate brothers. It's funny how Alex's mom and I found each other, really. I've been praying for a way to make a little money to contribute to my family, and she was praying for someone she could trust to love and watch over her son, and Heavenly Father did the rest.
So now I'm all keyed up, ready to start my new role as a nanny. I have no idea what specific challenges lay ahead in having 2 crazy boys in my home, but I know we'll just all be silly together and we'll have fun figuring it all out. I'm hoping that Topher will learn some "big boy" behaviors from Alex ("See Topher, Alex doesn't need a bottle because he's a big boy...") and I'm hoping that the boys will play well together and just have fun being energetic little boys. (And yes, I'm secretly hoping that they will wear each other out sometimes, too!)
I'm trying to mentally prepare for a little more chaos, a little more refereeing, and a little more juggling. I think I'm prepared for a boy who can speak his mind and talk my ear off. I'm pretty sure I can handle the challenge of Alex's potty training, and I think it will be good for Topher to be introduced to the idea. As you can probably tell, I don't know much yet. I'm sure the learning curve on this one is going to be pretty steep for all 3 of us. But I DO know that if the boys can learn to love each other's company, I'll be happy.
And if I can get twice the hugs and kisses that I'm getting now, well that would just be a big fat bonus.