In an effort to provide me with a little more time sans Isa, my parents graciously offered to start taking her for an overnight once a week. We dubbed it "Grandparents' Day" and today is our first one!
This morning they drove up and swept Isa away. They have outfitted their backyard with a climbing toy of some sort as well as a sandbox. They'll spend today playing at their house and then she'll spend the night with them. This will be the first time she's ever woken up without me there, but I think the combo of Grandma and Papaw will be more than enough to keep her happy. Tomorrow they have another fun day planned playing with my sister, who Isa adores. I'll drive down in the afternoon and we'll likely spend the night again before coming home on Saturday.
As I mentioned, I've never had a night off in the 14 months or so that we've been a family. I just wasn't ready until now. I was also waiting until Isa was reliably sleeping through the night because it just wasn't fair to force anyone else to watch her until then. I'm a bit apprehensive- not about whether she'll have fun or about my parents watching her or any of that. I'm worried that I'm going to be too lonely without her constant chatter all day. Silly, no?
I have a list about 4 miles long of things to do. After they left I took a shower- with no one else in the bathroom but myself (gasp)- and now have a mud mask on my face. Extravagent! It's highly probable that I'll paint my toenails at some point today and I expect a nap is also in my future. Shocking! Tonight I'm going out for drinks and dinner with my friend Autumn as a late birthday celebration for her. Scandalous! And I know you'll all be surprised to hear that tomorrow morning I have no plans on getting up at 6 a.m. :)
Of course, there are also plenty of chores to be done around all the fun stuff as well. I do an acceptable job of keeping the house picked up but it could really use a deep clean and full-on organization. I hope to get some extra work done to try and catch up from the missed work when we were in Kansas City. Laundry is a never-ending job around here as well. I expect to get a fair number of those things done, too.
But for now, I'm going to wash off my mask, pour myself another cup of coffee, and watch The View in my now silent living room.