Friday, March 13, 2009

Putting in overtime

At the beginning of the week, Bill left for the East coast for business leaving me with the boys for three days. This was actually his first business trip since starting with the company a little over a year ago (I think?). We've known for a while now that business trips are in his future, but luckily, not that often. About once a quarter or so and as of now, they will all be in the States. For a while there, there was discussion about him going to Europe which both made me green with envy and freaked out at the same time.

Anyway, I was gearing myself up for some hard work being a single parent for a few days. I really thought it would be difficult. But you know what? It wasn't. It was actually pretty easy! Monday started off the week on a perfect note; Logan being very cooperative, following direction and being on his best behavior while we went grocery shopping. I got to make a delicious shrimp dinner that Bill would have hated (he is totally grossed out by seafood). As a stay at home mom, the only extra step I had to take was getting both kids bathed and in bed. Not that difficult. Really, with Bill being gone, all I had was an extra two to three hours of work each day. It was like I was putting in overtime.

Tuesday was pretty average, not too bad behavior-wise and again, I made another great dinner that Bill wouldn't eat (orange rosemary chicken. YUM!). The kids had a great time taking their bath together again and another easy day was under my belt. Bill came home Wednesday and we went out for lunch after picking him up. That's when Logan started acting up. Talk about great timing.

So, the next time Bill goes on a business trip (possibly in April), I'm not going to be worried about being on my own with the kids at all. It's not that much more work for me and I get to eat whatever I want to make. The big downside is going to bed alone. I hate that. A lot. So, I'll always look forward to him coming home and not sleeping by myself.


Smurfett said...

do you think the amount of work between one to two kids is very different? I'm thinking of a second one right now and the thought of not being able to hand the kid over to partner when i'm really tired after a long day kind of scares me!

Kristin said...

I don't think it is only because of the age difference & Logan being so independent. Logan can tell what he needs, but can usually get it by himself. He's potty trained, he can get dressed (sort of) and can entertain himself. He's also very helpful when it comes to getting things for Carter (finding toys, getting his binky, etc). I think it would be a lot more work if Logan & Carter were only 2 years apart rather than almost 3.

Joanna said...

Glad to hear that your single parent days were easy. How odd that Logan acted up around dad! My kids do that...When I am gone, Zack says they are perfect and as soon as I walk in the door, they act up. I am sure he wishes I could be gone longer than a couple of hours to get my hair done, haha.

girl from florida said...

I actually LOVE when H is gone sometimes! It gives Amelia & I some alone time and we eat food H doesn't like, I wear my old lady nightgown to bed and we just chill all day. It's like a mini vacation!

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

Luke goes on business trips sometimes and I thought it would be hard at first too, but I agree it really isn't. It is actually kind of nice to have some time to myself after Monkey goes to sleep.