Ben snapped this pic before I left for work. And then posted in on FB. He;s the best.
I looked back through the years of this blog to Welcome Week, and wow, it used to be a way bigger headache/juggle. Part of that is the timing of the academic year (Ben started earlier, and he had more online classes now), and part of that is the ease of having bigger kids.
When Harry was tiny, I brought him with me. My first year of doing my actual job with my actual PhD got off to a rough start because I got the wrong textbooks and only discovered them the day before my meetings started (hahahahahaha), but the actual week was good, I think because we had a regular babysitter, our normal sitter, and it was different to have her come over everyday, but still pretty routine. In 2010, we must have had our sitter, too, because all I was nervous about was getting my ID picture taken (WTF?). In 2011, I took an early maternity leave because I thought for sure I would have Cooper in August-- LOLz for days-- so no Welcome Week for me. 2012 gives me hives just to read about, and we were kind of flying bling because we didn't have a regular sitter by hat point. We had grad students we sued a lot for nights out, but no day time helpers or anything. In 2013, my parents had to come for a week and babysit Dorothy IN MY BUILDING so I could feed her periodically and ALSO we had to have a sitter at home. 2014 didn't muster a blog mention. 2015 had a babysitter FAIL that caused me to take all the kids to work (gaaaaaaaah). Last year was busy but generally unremarkable.
Next year-- we might not even need a sitter at all because Harry will, be 12 and Jack 10 and "babies" 5 and almost 7. This week we only need a sitter for a few hours 2 afternoons, and it is crazy to think about, but Harry could handle those few hours next year. SO WEIRD.