July 19, 2007
An Eye Opening Week
This was my week with the babies and the first time since they were born that I have been without Greta. I haven't been alone, my Mom came Friday thru Wednesday night, my Dad was with us Saturday and Sunday, and Ann (our daytime help) will be here during the day until Greta gets back. Nevertheless, I have done my fair share of feeding the trio alone, changing diapers, putting babies down for naps, laundry, cleaning bottles, making milk, walking the dog, and the thousands of other things my wonderful wife does each day. I truly have a new appreciation for Greta, and realize even more how lucky I am that my wife is such a super mother. Being Mr. Mom this week has been awesome though. I have bonded even closer to the babies and it's tons of fun taking care of them each day. We had a visit from Kevin & Julie on Tuesday and the Babbie family on Wednesday. It's actually been a really fun week. And yes, Sergeant A. Retentive here has completely stuck to the schedule keeping the babies on track the whole time.
Today around 3:45 Jenny Lawrence calls me up and tells me that a tornado has been spotted in Washtenaw county and is heading our way. A few minutes later the power goes out and a dark cloud is looming over the tree tops. We live on a wooded lot, so I began to get concerned about a tree coming through the windows since it happened to my neighbor just a few weeks ago. So, we all headed to the basement and waited it out. The triplets were so good the whole time, they just sat there and looked cute. 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 rolled by and we still did not have power, so I gathered everything we would need to survive with no power (after the blackout of 2003, I had no confidence that the power would come back on anytime soon). I grabbed the cooler from the garage and filled it with all the ice we had and put the remaining baby bottles in there. I started to wonder how we were going to warm it up, when I remembered that we have a chaffing dish in the basement which is essentially a metal dish that is heated from below by a bunson burner. I gathered all the candles and flashlights I could find and began to prepare for an eerily quiet night with the babies.
What I didn't realize is that turning your power back on is incredibly easy. At 7:30 I decided to call DTE and see if they knew how long this would be. Immediately I was asked by the automated system "If your service is out or this is an emergency, press 1". No kidding, the second that I pressed the number 1, my power came back on. Just a tip, if you are ever in that situation.
Posted by Jason R. Myers