Goodness gracious! I had quite a weekend with these little rascals. Let me tell you, it’s a good thing I slapped that week of relaxation under my belt, because it helped me gear up for some serious stress these last two weekends. When Andrew travels, I’m not going to lie, things get real around here. It is surely getting easier as the boys get older, but they are still so young, so sensitive to change, that having one caregiver versus the usual two brings out a lot of strong emotions.
Oliver in particular was really missing Andrew. He tends to act out in really difficult ways when he is tired or not feeling well (i.e. when he has to go to the bathroom), while Milo just becomes a bit sad or withdrawn when he is upset. It’s interesting navigating the best way to parent such different personalities while keeping my own personality in check. I swear, just when I think I have this parenting thing down, it slaps me in the face like ha! you think you know how to do this? how about this epic tantrum in the middle of the grocery store for you? haven’t seen those kind of moves yet, have you? and I say, why no. I don’t suppose I have.
And while I’m on the topic of strong personalities, Emil has developed a real “thing” for marbles. When he spotted 2,000 of them in one place, his head almost exploded… especially when he couldn’t get to them.
Sigh. This parenting thing is no joke, guys.
We did have good times, though. Our good friends Elisha and JJ brought pizza, salad, and beer over to our house for dinner on Friday and let me tell you, that really saved my day. Having some adult conversation and laughter while the kids had a rockin’ dance party in the living room… that was definitely a highlight of the weekend. So thank you, dear friends, for intervening in what may have turned into a real pity party! And this… yes, this was also a highlight of my weekend. Oh, Oliver.