Time was passing quickly in the Straight household. Elsa had just celebrated her fifth birthday and was starting her first day of kindergarten. And Sophie was finished with her maternity leave and was headed back to work for the first time since Sydni was born.
The house seemed quiet without Sophie and Elsa. He kind of enjoyed the peace of it being just him and Sydni in the house for most of the day.
Taking care of a baby single-handedly for the better part of the day was exhausting. He found himself snapping at Elsa when all she wanted was a hug.
Elsa liked being a big girl and going to school, but she wasn't sure she liked the new baby taking over her place as Daddy's baby girl.
He and Sophie were both too tired and hungry to be much comfort when she was freaked out about the dead roaches in the backyard.
Sophie was not adjusting to returning to work very well.
She worked so hard and tried to catch up to where she had been before her pregnancies, but it was so exhausting.
She was worried that her dream of becoming a top athlete was never going to happen.
She tried to put it out of her mind when she came home at night. She helped Christopher tidy up the house and drew herself a nice relaxing bubble bath.
Enjoyed the brief moments of alone time she could get with her husband. It felt like the family was in chaos and they needed to reconnect.
It was Christopher's idea to sit down to a late family dinner together after Sydni was in bed for the night.
"We should really do this more often," Christopher sad as they sat down together.
"You work really hard, don't you, Momma?"
Sophie was a bit surprised by her daughter's words. She didn't know she had picked up on that. "Yes, I do. Grown-ups have to work to make money to pay the bills and buy you the things you need."
"And while I'm gone at work, your daddy works very hard here to take care of the new baby, just like he did with you when you were a baby."
"Taking care of babies is a lot of work, isn't it?"
"Yes, but babies grow up. Before you know it, Sydni will be a big girl like you and things will be much easier."
"Since I'm a big girl, I can help," Elsa said as she cleared the table and took the dishes to the table. She was a very helpful girl.
"How about a quick game of catch before bed?" Sophie asked her daughter.
"In the house?"
"Just this once," Sophie winked.