So I got a little taste of the whole single parenting gig this weekend. It wasn’t all bad really, but it will be nice to have Hubby back home tonight.
Friday night started off wonderfully with the highway being shut down between work and my house. Zach’s day care also happens to be on the other side so I called to let them know I was on my way but would most likely be a little late. Fortunately his day care provider didn’t charge me overtime because it took me an hour and a half to get there (normally a 15-minute drive). Every single side road that goes in that general direction was extremely backed up. It’s a good thing I’m not a violent person because the rage was definitely building up. When I finally got to day care to pick Zach up, she was feeding him dinner which was so nice. They invited me to stay for dinner too so we ate and hung out for a bit before heading home.
Zach and I spent the rest of the evening just hanging out together. He was happy just sitting in my lap and cuddling which I really enjoyed. When it was time for bed he got a little angry. I’ve been having a really hard time getting him to bed lately. After letting him cry and kick and scream for a bit I gave in and put him in bed with me. We snuggled and slept soundly until 8:00 Saturday morning.
Saturday was a busy day. Zach was pretty much attached to me all morning and wouldn’t even let me get away long enough to take a shower. Fortunately my hair wasn’t too big of a mess so I just skipped the shower, got dressed, and then we headed out to run some errands. We made another trip to Old Navy, to Payless for Zach some shoes, and then lunch at McDonald’s. I took him home for a nap and while he was sleeping I rushed around the house doing laundry, taking a shower, washing some dishes, and packing bags to take to my mom’s. When he woke up I packed up the car, strapped Zach and both of the dogs in and headed over to my mom’s house.
My nephews were already at my mom’s when we arrived. Zach was so excited to have someone other than his boring old mommy to play with. The boys destroyed my mom’s house in less than ten minutes. My sister got there around 8:00 and we started up the first season of Grey’s Anatomy. I had never watched it before, but my sis loves it and wanted us to watch it. We stayed up until about 1:30 I think watching tv. I don’t sleep well when I’m not in my own bed so I tossed and turned most of the night. Zach was pretty restless too so when we heard my nephew running through the house squealing at 7:00 it was a pretty rude awakening. As soon as Zach heard him, there was no going back to sleep so we got up.
I had planned on leaving my mom’s early so that I could get some stuff done at home, but my sis convinced me to stay and finish watching Season 1. We finally ended up heading home around 1:00. I tried putting Zach down for a nap when we got home but he absolutely refused. After listening to him scream for half an hour, I decided to let him get up. I had to make yet another trip to Old Navy because they messed up my charges the day before (they forgot to take my 20% off and I was not happy!). We went to out to take care of that and to stop and pick up some kleenexes and milk for Zach. On the way we stopped at a little park to let Zach play for a bit. He had a blast and I got some really cute pictures of him which always makes me happy.
Sunday night was another battle of the wills when it came to bedtime and Zach was the winner (again). I finally got him to sleep by laying down with him in my bed. I wanted to just go to sleep with him then but I knew I needed to finish up some laundry and clean up the mess still in the kitchen from dinner. I was really tempted just to leave it but I hated to leave that mess out for Hubby to find when he gets home today.
Hubby asked me the other day if I was missing him yet. My reply was that I really hadn’t had time to miss him. Zach kept me very, very, busy. I did miss him a little, but what I missed the most was having a second pair of hands around the house. I missed having someone to pass Zach off to when I just really needed a minute to myself or needed to take a shower.
It makes me wonder how single parents do it because I am exhausted.