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A Weekend for Me and the Kids

This weekend, Londo is away for a guys football weekend. While he is not far away, he will not be coming home until Sunday evening. He put the Pumpkin to bed last night (while I was putting the Pookie to bed), and then he grabbed his bag and left with his brother.

Though I was initially a bit apprehensive about juggling the 2.5 year old and 3 month old by myself for a weekend, I have actually been looking forward to it. I've been watching both of them by myself quite a bit lately, while Londo has been crazy busy with work, and I've been enjoying my time with the two of them. There are ups and downs, but mostly I am pretty happy to watch them and do the juggling act.

I had plans for this weekend, and back up plans. I was going to get together with friends and family. I was going to reach out to other moms in my area (I swear I will send out the email for the DC Area Parents Email Group any day now!). But then the Pumpkin came down with a cold, and I had to cancel plans and forgo making new plans because I didn't want to pass along the cold to other kids.

The Pumpkin is actually much, much better. We are still going to my mom's soon and staying for dinner, so we do have that to look forward to. She will probably be well enough to do something like the park tomorrow, but probably not the pool as I was hoping.

So far, we are doing really well. I didn't sleep much because the Pookie is still waking me up every. single. hour. I stick a boob in his mouth and we go back to sleep, but it lasts only another hour. Urg. But this morning, at 5:50, I put him in the swing and that bought me two whole hours of sleep until we all pretty much woke up at the same time. And because he was still so tired, he took a three hour nap after being awake for an hour or so. Lucky guy.

We've made pancakes, danced for 40 minutes to music*, colored**, watched more TV than I would ideally like***, and mixed up bread dough****. I've also nursed the baby, put him down for two naps so far, cooked the pancakes, done dishes, threw in a load of laundry, emptied the dishwasher and have had two cups of coffee and a cup of tea. Oh, and written this post! God bless TV and a baby who actually takes naps outside of my arms!

We'll see how tonight goes and if I can survive a whole 'nother day tomorrow!

And time's up! Baby is crying and the pre-schooler has turned off the TV and is trying to hit the lamp, which she KNOWS she is not supposed to do!*****.

*What a workout that was!

**I actually was the only one coloring. The Pumpkin spent the time happily peeling the wrappers from the crayons. Whatever. She was happy and sitting still.

***Remember that she does not nap on the weekends for me, so I need something to distract her while I take care of the baby and/or have a little break from her high-energy levels.

****The bread is currently rising. I plan to bake it over at my mom's house. Look at me contributing to dinner!

*****I just asked her, "Are you supposed to do that?" And she said, "No." And did it anyway. Time to enforce the rules...


Burgh Baby said…
Hope you survived the rest of the weekend of solo parenting!
Cloud said…
You have to post and say how it went! This is actually one of my biggest "unknowns" for after the baby is born. When will Hubby and I feel that one of us can handle the routine on our own again? Will I ever get to go back to my book club????
Anonymous said…
Wow, I pray that Monkey never stops taking naps. I want him to nap until he goes to college!

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