I had to take that picture from across the room because I knew if I moved they would startle and I’d lose the moment. Children are like wild animals that way.
Since losing two clients in December, and having one client go down to one day a week I have a really easy month- just two kids on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and three on Wednesdays and Fridays. The extra Friday kid is actually leaving at the end of this month, at which point I’d be down to one full-time and three part-time. Clearly, I need to get some new kids! I had a ton last summer and fall- five or six kids most days, and while I don’t think I want to get that booked up again (it’s way too hectic!), I think I’d like to have four kids each day. With four kids I could afford to live and pay all my bills and taxes, while not going crazy from stress and overwork to the point that I shut down and stop cleaning the floors.