Tuesday, February 28, 2012

On Surviving My First Overnight Away From The Toddler...

It goes without saying that both The Toddler and I survived my four day jaunt to Nashville. It's not to say that I had ever had any doubts, but let's face it. I run The Toddler show. How could life ever go on, seamlessly to boot, without my presence and ever-so-necessary Type-A handle on things?


In retrospect, I question whether or not I should feel slightly offended that after I slipped quietly out of the house life went on. Just like that. I would like to think, however, that it was a testament to the very capable hands of whose care I left The Toddler in. And, of course, my awesome, albeit slightly Crazy-with-a-capital-"C," lists left strategically throughout the house. 


In all honesty though, leaving The Toddler for the first time overnight wasn't nearly as difficult as I anticipated. The truth is, the minute he laid eyes on my Dad that morning, it was as if I had already boarded that plane and left for good. In all of my sentimental glory, I attempted to pose with The Toddler for one last picture before stealthily slipping from his vision- the child wanted nothing to do with me. 


Needless to say, there was absolutely no stealth-sneaking necessary. 


Over the course of my absence, both my parents and my husband dutifully sent pictures of The Toddler as he went about his typical day. Diner breakfasts, romps in the backyard with Sheepie, standing atop his tool bench pointing to his newborn pictures displaying not only his flair for danger but also his impeccable verbal skills as he exclaimed, "baby!" And I swear with each picture they sent, the child grew two inches and aged nearly 2 years. 


Was his schedule followed to a "T?" Of course not. Will that land him atop a government building in thirty years brandishing a firearm? Doubtful. But was he smiling in every picture they sent? Of course. And it didn't hurt to note that his clothes matched as well. 


Except for that picture sent by The Husband with the time stamp of 3:30pm that showed a jammie-clad toddler eating dinner. I'll let that one slide. 


So, Loyals? I survived my first three nights away from The Toddler and I can honestly say that we're probably both a little better for it. In fact, I may or may not be planning my next getaway as we speak. 


...If for no other reason than to relive that priceless "omgosh-you're-home-i've-missed-you-so-much-let-me-hold-your-hand-mommy-the-WHOLE-way-home-from-the-airport" welcome that The Toddler greeted me with. 


20 comments :

  1. So sweet that he held your hand! When I get away I always feel like my batteries get charged and I am a better mom when I come home!

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  2. That is so sweet that he had to hold your hand ! I uses to feel guilty about getaways but I feel like they recharge my batteries and I am such a better mother when I come back home!

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  3. Ahh so sweet. I'm glad you got a break, especially before baby #2 arrives!... Loved meeting you in person finally! :)

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  4. I'm only 12 weeks pregnant with #2 and I'm already nervous about leaving my toddler for the hospital stay. What?! Shouldn't I be more worried about labor pain and squeezing out another gigantic baby? Guess not. :)

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  5. Now whadja have to go and make me cry for?!?!?!

    I know Carter was so thrilled to see you!

    This is encouraging to hear because I have yet to leave my toddler. I really can't even imagine doing so.

    Miss you! xoxo

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  6. I kept waiting for the part about "husby" (haha) feeding him dinner at 3:30. One of the highlights from that day!

    Is it wrong that I wish I could have had someone video our hug? I mean, I almost cried I was so happy to see you in real life!

    kisses!

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  7. Aww, those welcome home moments must have been so precious! This time was also good prep for when you're in the hospital having M2...C won't even blink and eye then!

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  8. So cute! It sounds like it went exactly as our first nights apart went at my house :-)

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  9. So cute!
    I love that his clothes didn't match. I am crazy OCD about what bottoms go with what tops and my husband is all about "comfort" - those two don't ever seem to meet. So when I am not home for the dressing, I know its going to be humorous (read: slightly irritating and causes me to break out in a little bit of a sweat)!

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  10. Seriously adorable that he held your hand the whole way!! He missed his momma :-)

    I hope those plans are for a return trip to TN

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  11. If I had any doubt about my decision to leave evalyn over night a few weeks ago, it was completely erased with that welcome home. Isn't it the best?

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  12. I left my 19 month at home too, along with his 3yo brother & Dad. After getting up with him 3 times last night (while my husband snoozed away), I'm seriously starting to suspect that he just didn't "sleep through the night" like my husband claimed. I think they hubby just didn't hear him.

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  13. So sweet! That feeling of seeing them again makes going away so worth it :)

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  14. I'm 30 weeks along now and already dreading the moment that I have to leave my son! I am Type A (is there such a thing as Type A+?!) and it will be hard to let the man take over :) By the way, I found your blog shortly after we decided to name him Carter. What a great name!

    Samantha @ myfulllife.blogspot.com

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  15. Awww that is sweet! Anytime I leave Nolan for a few hours or overnight with the grandparents he acts like it's no big deal to see me. However, with daddy he gets all excited!

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  16. Yay! You made it! I felt guilty at the beginning too, but once you realize that everyone can live without you for a day or two you'll take advantage a little more often.

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  17. So glad it worked out. Eme didn't miss us at all. LOL. I loved getting the pictures of her all happy & in matching clothes--however, her hair wasn't done quite as nice while I was gone ;P Ha. I think they secretly love when momma is away. They get a little break in typical routine and it's fun. And that moment of reuniting makes it all worth it!

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  18. This is too sweet mama!! C is such a big boy already!! And he is going to be a champ when m2 arrives!! :)

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  19. That's so great that he survived his first "away from mommy" time! So happy that you had a good "todder free" time as well!

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  20. I'm still to this day not even sure that BG noticed when I left her for a weekend a while back. We'll pretend she did though. And the good it did for this girl's soul was totally worth it.
    Your next trip better be to the SC area. Just saying. And bring your drinking pants ;)

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