As my previous post attested, I took 2 full weeks off and traveled to NY to be with my sister when she had her baby. Apparently, this sounds strange to some people, but this is totally normal for us. Cheri and Alex live hundreds of miles from family, she did the same thing for me, and even if neither of those were true, I still would have done it because I love my sister.
Anyway, this was obviously the longest I have ever been away from my own kids. I was a bit worried about that, but they are big enough now that they don't actually "need" me over Brian, so really it was just emotional. Is it also bad to say that I was totally looking forward to shirking all mom duties for 2 weeks? Cause I was. A lot.
It is important to note that the only reason I was able to take this trip and mostly not feel bad about it was because of one pivotal person. I really have the most amazing husband in the world.
Brian is already a stay at home dad/writer. He does all of the wonderful yet exhausting child-rearing in our household. He paints, he crafts, he builds Lego monsters, he has tea parties, and he plays video games with a 7 year old (which is awful if you have never done it). But, for these two weeks, he also packed the lunches, dropped off at school (he always picks up), helped with the class Valentine party, and did bedtime each night (usually my role after I get home from work - don't knock it - bedtime takes at least an hour and encompasses cleaning the house, baths, teeth brushing, pajamas, books, prayers, etc).
Not at all surprisingly, he did it all perfectly! The kids were happy, healthy, and educated while I was gone. The only thing I can think of is that Violet's hair never got "fixed", but she hates that anyway, so really, it was an upgrade in her life.
I talked to them all multiple times a day, and Brian sent me a bunch of pics. Here are a few of the many I received during my time away:
|the night I left - hence, the hairdo|
|that tooth hole cracks me up|
|in her Anna dress, a gift if she uses the potty properly|
|hahaha, I think she looks like a feral beast here|
|they met Teddi and her kids at Chuck E Cheese|
|always a racecar|
|they went to Puppy Zone to play with puppies - which Violet LOVES - I can take or leave the dog, but how cute are those other two?|