Alone time is terribly underrated.
There was a time before we had kids that I spent lots of time alone and I took advantage of it, but I was happy to welcome Maggie, my constant companion. Becoming a stay at home mom of two and having a husband that sometimes works long hours doesn't leave a lot of room for me to have alone time...unless you count my nightly shower. Big Daddy and I have made a conscious decision to spend as much time as we can as a family. We didn't have kids so that we could constantly leave them with someone else, but we try to make time for a date every now and then.
This weekend I'm (supposed) to get both alone time and Big Daddy time.
After Monday's trip to T@arget and the grocery store I decided that I needed to go shopping without a companion. (Really just without Ellie. Maggie is a joy to shop with, but Ellie just isn't right now.) Ellie goes to the grocery store with me while Maggie's at preschool and any extra shopping that we do is usually as a family, but sometimes a girl needs to be alone. I'm planning to leave early on Saturday morning to do a little shopping for myself and for Maggie and Ellie's birthday gifts.
Big Daddy and I have a date planned for Sunday afternoon too. There's a movie that he wants to see and then we'll go to dinner. I'm excited about going out to eat and not having to supervise children.
Of course, when you have children all plans are subject to change. Maggie has had a fever since Tuesday evening. After a trip to the pediatrician yesterday, she was diagnosed with an adenoid virus. It has to run it's course and will hopefully be over in another couple of days. My sister said she would keep the kids regardless of their health, but I'll have to decide what to do come Sunday.
Ellie had a low grade fever on Saturday and Sunday, so I stayed home from church with her last Sunday. I decided to go ahead and take her to the doctor too. You know, the two for one special that doesn't really exist. Dr. Brett diagnosed her with "possible teething and a two year old attitude". (That's what he wrote on our paper!) He was so sweet and told me that he gets more parents bringing their 18-24 month olds in because something must be wrong. Ellie woke up on Tuesday morning with a sudden personality change. Big Daddy and I were trying to decide if she could have what Maggie had so I took her to be checked out. Ellie has been stuck in the house a lot and Maggie hasn't played with her very much. Hopefully, she'll be back to normal soon. Right now there's lots of "I want it" and "I have to have it" stuff coming from her. Her latest obsession is drinking from my water bottle. She tries to swipe it out of the fridge every chance she gets. She has a fit when we tell her no.
Parenting is a humbling experience.
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