Friday, July 10, 2009

What I've Learned This Week:

Taking care of a five-year-old and a two-year-old (plus the cat and the house) by yourself for four straight days and nights is perfectly manageable as long as you accept the fact that there's just too much to do for you to be able to get much sleep during that time. If you can get beyond that minor problem, you'll be fine. Soldier on!


Mnmom said...

John was working in MN and I was living in Iowa City during the entire summer of 1997. The twins were 3. I was packing for an out-of-state move AND trying to keep the house clean for showings.

However, I remember it as being a really nice laid-back summer. We spent late afternoon & evenings at the pool, ate cheese & crackers, and I picked up a juicy love story to read at night. We missed Daddy horribly but tried to enjoy our "girl" time. Except for the day the twins cut each other's hair off, it was a good time.

donna said...

Yes, restructuring priorities is a necessity in life - One I've had to master in my adult life. And since you know me, you know it's not easy for me to resign myself to saying "Well that is just not going to get done anytime soon." Good thing I had plenty of practice at work with that before having kids.

But, the good news is that C is almost home. I'm sure the girls and you will be thrilled to have him home (and he'll be happy to be home, too).

Pat yourself on the back for a job well done and prop your feet up and relax. You deserve it.

Shan said...

Mnmom: Yes, I definitely can see how a family would "get in a groove" with daddy gone for an extended time. Already I find us finding our own systems for getting everything done and being OK with things. Not that we don't miss Daddy! I imagine though that it takes a week or two at least before one finds that groove. The initial adjustment is the hard part!

Mom said...

And I suggest you remind yourself, when things get too hectic, of the millions of single moms who do this alone ALL THE TIME and many who have another parent in-house and STILL do it all alone. You are so lucky to have a helpful, caring husband and father who is there for you and the girls 95% of the time he is not at work.

Shan said...

I've been saying all week on Facebook that I don't know how single parents do it.