We made it back last night. A ten hour trip that went relatively well. Jayden didn't protest as loudly this time. Maybe he knew that we were finally going back to a familiar place.
On Thursday, I took advantage of having my hubby back and went to Idaho Falls to visit a friend. We went to Outback for dinner and went to see Marley and Me(cute movie, but of course, the book was better). After I had paid for our tickets to the movie, we bought our snacks and went to find our seats. I was going to turn off my phone when I noticed a text message from my husband saying that he needed me to come home as soon as I could because Jayden was inconsolable and Kyrie was coughing a lot. I texted him back saying that even if I did leave right then, I wouldn't be home for two hours. I told him to put Jayden in his bed and let him cry for a while and give Kyrie a cough drop to suck on. I got a text back saying that things were fine- the kids had calmed down and my mom was back home.
I know he had been nervous when I left because of the sick kids and the unfamiliarity of our surroundings. I talked to my friend and sister about it later. It seems like maybe it's a guy thing. Do they underestimate themselves when it comes to child-rearing? I know my husband is only really comfortable with the older kids. I told him earlier that he could give Jayden a bath to help calm him before bedtime. His response? "I don't bathe Jayden. I never have." It's the same as bathing the older two. He's perfectly capable of doing it. He gives the older two baths every Saturday night when I'm out scrapbooking with my friend. Maybe I need to stop letting him rely so much on me when it comes to the kids. It's hard to do when you are a SAHM, though. Most of the parenting responsibilities fall on me.
I do love the guy to death, though. He's a good dad. I'm just contemplating how I raise my boys. I think I need to help develop their nurturing side. I think Jayden will be an awesome nurturer. He likes to play with Kyrie's dolls and carries them very sweetly, rocks them, pats their back and gives them kisses(before maybe throwing them on the ground. We'll have to work on that a bit more. ;)).
Anyway, I'm glad to be home. We came back to a lot of mail- including a HUGE package! One of Mark's contacts from his convention sent a Rock Band 2 for the Wii. I have no clue where we are going to store it yet, and our living room is still filled with boxes and suitcases because I've been feeling to sick to unpack, but hopefully things will settle a little bit more in the next week.