My husband is a police officer and has rotating shifts. For the month of January he was on afternoon shift which is 3pm-11pm. So for dinner, baths and bedtime, Jim is at work. At times it can be challenging to be "husbandless" in the evening (especially since my husband is a HUGE help and very "hands on" with the kids and things around the house), but one thing that I have seen so much since Caleb has been here is that little hands are a big help!
The other night, I was getting dinner on the table for me and the kids and Caleb was crying. He was in his car seat and I had to do a few more things before I could pick him up and sit down with the kids. My back was turned from him as I was facing the sink and all of a sudden he stopped crying. I looked back to see if he had fallen asleep and saw Jacob's little leg stretched back rocking Caleb in his seat with his foot. I just had to smile when I saw him jump right in and help out without being asked. He continued rocking him while eating his dinner :). It was so cute (and very helpful!)
And our Abbey is just a little mommy herself. She's so good with Caleb and he just loves her. He laughs much more at her than at anyone else in the house and I can't tell you the many times she has helped me out. She gets things that I need whenever I ask her to and loves holding him. She gives him his paci and talks to him when he's fussy. I have gotten many showers because of Abbey's help!
And someday maybe Micah and Caleb will be using their little hands (and feet) to help with another little baby... :) We shall see...