Emily: happy, playful, trouble sharing
Drew: happy, playful, time-out- Drew bit three different friends this week.
Okay, so I could have seen the "trouble sharing" part coming. Remember what sharing the kitchen set has looked like lately?
But biting? Biting our "friends"? And, three of them? With only 8 others in the class besides them, Drew had noshed on three of them??
These reports called for...
a weekend away for mommy and daddy.
Well, not really. But that was already the plan.
As I rushed around to pack the last of our bags for our (much-needed) couple-only weekend away, Marty nonchalently dropped these bombshell reports on me.
At this point, there were a couple of ways to view the unfortunate timing these reports.
1. In the face of toddlers behaving badly, this weekend was a perfect time to escape. We could worry about daycare on Monday. After wine. And sleep.
2. In the face of toddlers behaving badly, this weekend was a perfect time for Team Mommy and Daddy to regroup, recharge, and plan our response. After wine. And sleep.
Turns out, we did a little of both.
Even with wine, sleep, and time away we spent much of our time talking about...
yep, you guessed it: the kids.
We wondered if they were behaving for Aunt Windy and GG.
We repeatedly said things like, "Wouldn't Drew and Emily like ___?" and ""I can't wait until Emily and Drew are big enough to bring them here." Don't feel bad for them, though. Apparently, they had a big time hanging out at GG's store and then with the farm animals at Aunt Windy's neighbor's house.
We imitated them and said, "Who am I?" And then we would laugh.
As we enjoyed a meal with an appetizer and without high chairs, we wondered if they were eating well for Aunt Windy.
And, while we certainly didn't have any problem falling asleep at 9:30, we wondered if the babies would give Aunt Windy any trouble going to bed.
So, we escaped AND re-grouped.
Turns out, we also learned another immutable parenting truth this weekend: kids are often better for other people than they are their own parents.
We are still working on sharing, but we view it as progress that every turn is not "Emmy's turn." And, Drew has yet to bite any friends this week.Thanks to Aunt Windy and GG for taking special care of Emily and Drew. We also thank Aunt Windy for the (above) pictures she texted us while we were away--it gave us something to talk about!