It’s 3-day weekend time! With both kids! And Josh is on call!
And I’m actually pretty pumped.
I really liked Laura’s post yesterday, in which she started by discussing ways to gracefully exit a conversation (her conclusion: maybe you shouldn’t) but then brought her idea to a broader scope: the idea of just going with what is — and going all the way — even if it’s not necessarily easy or what you may have imagined.
Time with young kids is one such activity she mentioned in this context, and that made me very grateful. Because — as I’ve written before — I do not always find such times to be easy hours that race by, birds and butterflies alighting on my path as the sound of children’s laughter fills the air. While I do find them incredibly beautiful and compelling (and that laughter DOES sound pretty fantastic!), by the 5th or 6th hour of solo childcare I often find myself looking at the clock. Or my fitbit watch.
This weekend, though, my goal is to go all in. To prepare and have plans (lots of anchor events ahead! Ahoy!) but not rush or count minutes. To try to truly immerse myself in kid-centric activities and my children themselves, connecting with others as the opportunities arise. I am also going all in for self-care, which to me means getting in workouts (about to run now) and taking the time to prepare so that we can all eat well.
Today’s basic blueprint:
Run (treadmill — magazine)
Kids up by 7 I’m sure
Play & basic home maintenance
Prep snacks & meals for later
Planet Kids (big indoor playground)
C’s nap / A’s quiet time (craft project or puzzle w/ her?)
Pool or playground
Dinner out w/ family (babysitter @ 6:30 pm)
Ready to immerse myself into all of it! Happy weekend . . .
oh, how is the nap dropping going? Our bedtime is so much easier without it. We had just had it with post 9 p.m. bedtimes that bumped up against my own bed time because I’d collapse realizing that I’d be "on" since 6 a.m. with someone talking to me or needing me 99% of my day. My ears were literally ringing. I feel like our days might be somewhat similar in terms of the ration of client/colleague/patient interaction versus silence.
Husband has been out of town since Thu (until tomorrow) so I’m with ya! The only really crazy time was bathtime and bed!