Tonight is the first night that we will be alone with our two sons. My parents came out not only for the holidays, but also for support with the birth of our second son, and hence provided a stratum of security that is no longer available.
I was aware of how much they spent on the boys. They spoiled them rotten, as should any grandparent who is not the guardian of a child. I was also aware of the individual attention paid to each of the children. Again, this is something that any respectable should do if they are not the guardian of the child.
What I was not aware of at the time and am dolefully aware of now is how much they shielded both me and my wife from the rigors of having a toddler and a newborn. As the Christmas holiday passes, we attempted to run errands this morning, our first such endeavor with two children. I have never been so tired.
Not only did we forget the added time it takes to leave the house with a newborn, we wholly underestimated the amount of attention required to mind two children. Since my wife is now, and will for a while be, recovering from a cesarean section, a bulk of the child rearing had to come from me.
CHEERS! to the most mentally fatiguing day of my life that I can remember right now, and the fact that it is almost over.