Today, my husband goes back to work, after being on paternity leave for almost 3 weeks. For the next 12 hours both girls are all mine, for the first time. 48 hours a week I am a stay at home mother of TWO?! I suppose I have really mixed emotions about it.
Of course I am going to miss him and all his help. Even though we have a 20mo and a new born, our house was SO clean. I got to make dinner and eat it as a family at a normal dinner time. Now that he is back to work he wont get home until after 9p.When I was feeding Beverly he could play with Norah and keep her happy. To tell the truth I kind of over used him while he was home. I spent a little extra time just sitting on my bum, while he changed diapers and did dishes. But to be fair I did just give birth, and I am the only one who can feed 100% of the time, and I do all of the night diapers so he doesn’t wake up at all (compared to my every 3 hours). I feel bad my daughter, she is really going to miss Daddy. She is a daddy’s girl through and through (except when it’s bed time or she is sick).
On the other hand, it’ll be kind of nice not to cook a 3 course meal every night. Norah and I can survive off soup and sandwiches or hot dogs and french fries, for dinner sometimes. It’ll be nice to have an hour of quiet when naps overlap around 1p. I might get a little bit of a book read, or I might be able to nap too! When he is gone all day I miss him so much, that it really does make us closer on his days off. It’ll be nice to cuddle after a day of missing him.
So my plans for the day include: an episode of sesame street (Every Friday we watch one, it’s her “I’ve been good all week treat”, because we don’t watch TV during the week), baking peanut butter cookies(hopefully), loading/running/unloading the dishwasher, and giving 2 baths. The rest of the day is a wait and see. Suggestions on what else we can do are welcome.
Wish me luck.
All the best.