I just took a sorta, kinda 24 hour vacation. No, I didn’t go anywhere. And, no – I wasn’t even by myself. Have I gone off my rocker?! 😉
Long story short – Mr. M had a few days off Dancing With The Stars because of the Emmy’s. He wanted to use a day or two to go up to Santa Barbara to see his mom. Originally, we were all going to go – but Ginger and I were still sick. I said: You go…have fun! And I’ll stay home with the kids.
But then Paprika (age 7) and Violet (age 1) REALLY wanted to go visit Grandma. Who was I to stand in their way?! Especially after I’d had a day like this with Violet (turned my back for a split second):
So, that’s how my little vacation began. Mr. M took Violet and Paprika up to Santa Barbara and I stayed home with Ginger (age 4). It’s the first time I’ve ever been away from Violet for more than an hour or two – and certainly my first time I’ve been away from her overnight.
I’m still nursing – and I didn’t think it would be a big deal for her to be gone for a day since HELLO – she’s almost 2! But after she was gone a few hours, I knew I needed to pump and boy was I right! I pumped this in 3 minutes flat:
That’s was probably totally over-sharing…but oh well! Anyhoo – needless to say, my little “vacation” consisted of a lot more pumping. I so do not miss that pump. 😉
Ginger had a BALL being an “only” child for a day. Even though we were sick, we still went to the beach for a little bit. I just HAD to go because it was so easy for me to go with just her.
I said: Do you miss your sisters?
And she said: No! Because I get you all to myself.
Of course, she also said: I look just like Dora except for my head.
We watched the surfers. We grabbed some lunch. We got the car washed. We watched a movie together. We read good books that she wanted to read.
I have never just had one four year old to watch. Paprika was 2 years 10 months when Ginger was born. Then when Violet was born, Ginger was just 2 and a half. I have had a crazy toddler every day in my house for over five years!
And I have loved having my sweet, crazy toddlers – and I miss Violet and Paprika so much. But yea, I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel a little with my babies growing up!
Today, I am grateful for the perspective and the bonding time I’m getting with JUST Ginger. She hardly ever gets me by herself. Being in the middle, I think she needs it a little more than the others.
So, I guess I am lucky that Ginger and I were both sick and had to stay home from Santa Barbara. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to watch Snow White because Ginger wants to watch it and there’s nobody else here to tell her she can’t! Ha!