My expectations for after the baby was born – for Hunter’s schoolwork, household upkeep, and other non-essential tasks – have been low.
I didn’t quite remember what it was like to have a newborn, or how long it would take to be back to myself after birth, so I didn’t want to overload myself with unrealistic expectations and be disappointed or frustrated.
Hunter, Damien and I have spent a lot of time in bed the last twelve days since we’ve been home. Damien and I, nursing and napping, but Hunter joins us every now and then to read aloud to Damien (this has been his favorite activity with his new brother), listen to me read aloud, or play a board game together.
There has been a lot of chess, and one of Hunter’s new favorites, Minotaurus by Lego.
Since the baby was born, I have told Hunter that he only has to do three independent subjects – Bible, reading, and a little bit of math. I figured this would be good for him and it takes him less than an hour a day – the rest of the day he has been getting to play with his uncle who is in town, his friends who are out of school, or occupy himself with a dozen other things he likes to do around the house.
He has started the Encyclopedia Brown books and really enjoys them (currently, Encyclopedia Brown Carries On), is reading a chapter a day from the book of Leviticus (KJV), and a few drill sheets from Math Three.
Next week we’ll add a few more subjects back into our load, but we’ll continue to keep things light for most of the summer as we adjust to this new lifestyle and enjoy the warm (ok, hot) weather.
“And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
Hunter is 6 years, 2 months old
Damien is 1 week, 6 days old