I just finished my second long weekend in a row with the kids, which usually leaves me physically and emotionally depleted. I realize a weekend, even a long one, isn't that much time in the scheme of things, but when you've got a baby who has decided to attach herself to your boob from dusk til dawn, the 6:30am wake ups come a bit too soon, and the 7pm bedtimes can't come soon enough.
Weekends seem to be the toughtest times to be alone because not only do I have all three kids all the time (save the few hours Drew and Margot may nap), but there's a lot of fun things to do around Atlanta that are not so easily managed alone. Going out requires a fair amount of preparation on my part, and attempting to actually get them out of the door within a 15 minute window is like wrangling baby pigs. You tackle one only to have him undo everything you just did when you're chasing after the others.
And with lack of sleep and the requests to replace the same fire hat on the same damn Playmobil fireman 400 times and the whines because the television will not be on all day SO HELP ME GOD, I turn into mean mommy and expose my inner demons in a not so pleasant way, especially when you've got a non-napping toddler who after a long day of dress fittings and impromptu playtimes at ToysrUs breaks down right when you're supposed to head over to your local Relay for Life.
And a sweet pregnant mom comes up and thanks you profusely as you try to make it up to your kids with ice cream and tells you how she just needed to see you sitting there with your happy well-behaved kids because she was getting scared that she wouldn't be able to handle two under two.
And suddenly the rice all over the floor, the dishes piled in the sink, and laundry piled up on your bed doesn't seem quite as bad. You see these weekends alone as quality time well spent with your kids - time you soon won't have.
So don't get me wrong. My kids still watch television and have their afternoon quiet times. And I still lose it more than I'd like to admit.
And you better believe I'm looking forward to getting a weekend away.
But for now, I'm trying to enjoy seeing things through my new glasses.