It takes two

It was a short weekend around here since Jody was working out in CA last week and didn’t get back home ’til late in the afternoon on Saturday. I felt like I needed another day to recuperate from his absence, but c’est la vie. The mommy show must go on.

Before he went on his trip, he left “I love you” notes scattered around the house. They were waiting for us to discover when we woke up that morning and we continued to find them while he was gone. On the coffee table, Julian’s changing pad, the front window, Ava’s carseat, tucked in a cereal box, on the calendar, etc. It was like a little treasure hunt for Ava (and, I admit it, me too). 🙂 He also painted “I love you” with Ava’s paints and left that at her spot at the dining room table and spelled it out in wooden blocks on the floor. 🙂 Very sweet.

Things around here went pretty well without Jody home, though it was tiring and I admit I am NOT fond of handling the bedtime routine with two kids by myself. I’ve decided that to practice attachment parenting during the bedtime rituals with two kids, you really need TWO parents – at least I do.

I lay down with Ava each night as she goes to sleep. She has a little mama’s milk, then rolls over and goes to sleep. It usually takes 10-15 minutes tops before she’s out like a light and then I get up and carry on with my evening. Attempting to do that with a squirmy, acrobatic nursing 9-month-old who likes to sing and chatter up a storm does not make for such a smooth transition. So a routine that usually takes 10 minutes turned into an hour. It was only after Julian finished his songs and gymnastics, settled down and nursed to sleep that it was quiet enough for Ava to fall asleep herself around 9 p.m. It was a good thing I started the routine early or we may have all been up ’til midnight.

I’m thankful to have my husband home and a part of the bedtime routine once again. It goes so much more smoothly with two parents participating. 🙂

I’m heading to bed now to try to play sleep catch-up. We’ve got music class in the morning and last week it was like an aerobic workout I tell ya. I need all the Zzzzzzs I can get before attempting that again.

8 thoughts on “It takes two”

  1. What a sweet husband! That must have been so much fun for you and Ava – a little treasure hunt, where the “treasure” is love! 🙂

    Hope you had a restful sleep. Oh, and I LOVE the new look here!

    Jane, Pinks & Blues Girls

  2. Oh how sweet! What a wonderful thing to do when he was going away.

    I find that bedtimes are much easier with two parents around too – ours stretched into an hour as well last night without daddy there to help.

  3. Loving the new look, Amy!
    Green suits you! 🙂

    I had a night of single parenting last night while my husband worked late, and ouch! It was tough. I so appreciate his part in our bedtime routine!

  4. Oh I know the feeling. It’s 04:30 am, and I’m doing the babypixie-wants-to-play night experience. Hubby usually does this so I can sleep and make milk! But he’s away with work for a few days, my sleep, precious sleep…. where has it gone?

  5. My husband was gone for 2.5 days and I thought I was going crazy, because you are so right, it is hard to be an attached parent by yourself (especially at bedtime).

    Once hubby was home, everything ran so much smoother 🙂

    Love the new look!

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