Back to Life

A just got back from driving my parents to the airport. My mom had been here three weeks, my dad four days.

We are going to miss the 2:1 adult/child ratio. A lot. While they were here, we ate real dinners and real breakfasts and real lunches every single day. Things stayed clean. Plants stayed watered. Increasingly needy two-year-olds and seemingly mellow newborns alike had their needs and more met without interruption. I even got to take a couple of baths per day.

Many times over the past few days, I've thought Now, how would this be going if it were only A and I here? Or if it were only me? and not had a really good answer. I guess we're about to find out. It's been a couple of hours, and so far the house hasn't exploded. (One or both kids have been sleeping the whole time, though.)

Fortunately, we've got a lot of stuff planned for the next several days: Dinner with a friend, a two-day trip to A's mom's place, and (heh) a wedding on Sunday afternoon. So at least we won't have a ton of time to sit around and think about what a mess we've gotten ourselves into. I even think it's a bit of a relief to have the house a little emptier and Ingrid (I hope) a little less hyped up than she was with all the grandparents in attendance.


  1. Mellow = good, whiny = inevitable. You can do it. In a couple of years they'll have each other, too. Good luck with the wedding! And now I need to get off the computer and quit denying that me, J and our two year olds are taking a plane trip tomorrow. Yegads.. I look forward to venting with you when I get back. Tonight, while in the bath, N patted O's wet bottom and said "it looks just like a grape!". It was the highlight of my day...

  2. I'm so happy for you! Iris is gorgeous..and she already looked like Ingrid! :)

    You can do it...you can do it! Let me know if I can do anything to help.

  3. It really is unreasonable the way our society usually has us doing all this baby/kid stuff without extended family around. I'm so glad you had the help!