Anna, to Kevin this morning, while I was still in bed:
"Mommy is tired because of the baby in her tummy. And from dealing with four kids...and you."
Ha! OH how we laughed about that one. I promise I didn't teach her that, and for the record I do NOT badmouth Kevin to the kids (or to anyone for that matter). So in spite of Anna's 5-year-old observations...
The truth of the matter is I'd be lost without Kevin's hard work, support, and sense of humor. Raising a family is intense, and draining, and our marriage is really a partnership. (On a side note I can't hear the word "intense" without thinking of that Flight of the Conchords song "Business Time." Hehehe.) I remember having a discussion as we started the process to adopt, about expectations and the reality of raising so many little ones at once. What that would mean for each of us in terms of parenting and household responsibilities. Both of our workloads increased dramatically but in many ways I believe it was more of a shift for Kevin, since he works hard all day and then comes home to multiple kids, and a generally pregnancy-and-toddler-induced-exhausted wife. I feel very supported as a wife and mom from my husband--which is huge when you have four, soon to be five, kids!
Apparently this has turned into a cheesy tribute to my husband. But he's a great guy. (And not just because when I tell him things like, "I feel like in a year or two God may have us adopt again--sorry", he responds with, "Don't apologize, I'm as adventurous as the next guy!" Though that may be part of it. :) )
Love you Kev! I LIKE having to deal with you!!!