Today is the first day of the new "Mom needs to work, and Zoe needs her father" arrangements, where Zoe and I spend the morning together while Amy works at the school, a nanny (wonderful neighbor named Claudia) spends the early afternoon with Zoe, and Amy comes home from school around 3:30 to take over.
For my part, I love the fact that I get to spend the first waking hours with Zoe, because for all the fuss and muss she might throw at us late at night, she is the most delighful child ever in the morning. This morning, she woke up around 9am and waited dutifully in her crib, talking to herself about who-knows-what and playing with her feet while her dad warmed up a bottle of milk for her 9am feeding.
After she ate, we made faces at each other for an hour and then she slept while I tidied up the house and got ready for work.
But all of that was the easy part. Now I'm at work, where I'll be sitting in front of my computer until at least 8:30pm, working very hard, but already missing my family.
The problem--when you peel away all of the layers--boils down to this: we live in South Florida. South Florida is expensive.
But for now this is our place, so we're going to make the best of it.