Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A little perspective and a lot of fun!

This past weekend I spent my first night (actually an entire weekend) away from Emily since she's been born.  I had a reunion with some old college friends in Pittsburgh (which, ironically, is nowhere near where I went to college but convenient for me because I could catch up with friends and family all at once) and it was so much fun!  There have been so many long days at home alone with Em where all I wanted was to escape for a bit and yet as this weekend neared, I was consumed with fear and worry.  Would Emily think that I had abondoned her for good?  Would she forget me entirely?  I had no doubts about Eric's ability to take care of our baby girl, but I maybe have a wee bit of a problem giving complete control over her schedule to my - how can I put this nicely - more laid back husband.  (Case in point, Emily slept in until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, which is about two hours later than she has EVER slept in before).  Still, I was excited to go, to reminisce with friends, and have a good time.

Interestingly, I found that I wasn't worrying about Emily (or Eric) much at all while I was gone.  I was able to enjoy the weekend, and barely paused to think about what I would normally be doing.  I was completely schedule free, not worrying about naptimes, snack times, or bed times.  I found it a lot easier than expected to slip back into a version of myself before having a kid.  Still, there were differences.  Having a child has changed my perspective, the way I see the world, the way I experience things.  In the end I learned that I can still have fun when it's just me, that I can appreciate the opportunity to take a well deserved break, but that I love my little family with all my heart and most days, there is just nowhere else I'd rather be.

2 comments:

  1. I'd like to add that on our sleep-in day, Emily not only took her usual nap and went to bed on time, but was nothing but smiles and sunshine all day. Coincidence? I think not.

    Also, I managed to go the whole weekend without mismatching her clothes and making her look like a clown.

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  2. Grandmother EvonneMarch 23, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Sarah sets a high bar for baby care, but Don and I are looking forward to our turn this week Friday and Saturday when we are at the helm. We'll try to be as successful as Eric was :)

    Evonne

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