Earlier this week, my mom took my big kids overnight. This was a rare occurrence only in the fact that it was on a weekday. The bedtime routine with Jason was the same and nothing seemed much different until the next morning.
Mike and I got up, like usual, and had breakfast with Jason. It was quiet at the table without Ryan and Kaylin, which was kind of nice. Then Mike left for work and it was just Jason and me. Hmmm...now what?
I started my morning chores, noticing that my little helpers weren't there to do their portion. But I quickly realized without my little helpers there making more of a mess, there were hardly any dishes to clean, hardly any crumbs to wipe, there was hardly any mess at all.
I began unloading the dishwasher, a task that usually takes my seven year old and almost-five year old nearly 20 minutes. I was done in under 5 minutes. Within a few more moments, the breakfast dishes were loaded, the table and counters were wiped clean and the floor was quickly vacuumed. On a daily basis, those tasks take Ryan, Kaylin and me more than half an hour to complete.
It's like I'd forgotten how quickly I can do things myself. I've gotten so used to things taking sooooooo looooooong when I have to teach and manage the kids doing them.
With the kitchen clean, Jason and I spent some time in the backyard. It was so peaceful without a bunch of questions, negotiations and banter. The excitement was missing, but I completely enjoyed the calm of just me and my toddler.
After blowing bubbles, swinging and playing with the water table, Jason and I returned indoors. I hardly ever get that much quality time with my poor, neglected baby boy! We played with a puzzle before I decided to do a workout DVD. He jumped on my back while I did push ups and plank, rode my stomach like a pony during crunches and wrestled me whenever possible. Somehow, he kept himself entertained.
(Sidenote: he thinks hand weights are called "heavy" because whenever he tries to pick them up, I say, "Are those heavy...?" So he thinks "heavy" is a noun and that they weigh 5 and 8 lbs.)
This day gave me a glimpse of what life will be like once Kaylin begins Kindergarten. I guess I must have been wondering what I'll do with myself without the bigger kids around, but now I understand how much fun it will be to reconnect with my little man.
I wouldn't trade being a mom of three for anything, but (once again) having one-on-one time with each child proves to be more beneficial for me than for them!