My parents came to visit about a week ago and stayed for a long weekend. It was really great to have them here, mainly because it was nice seeing some familiar faces. However – and I feel this way whenever either of our parents visit – I was also glad to see them go. —I don’t feel this way when Joel’s siblings stay with us (and we usually have one of his college-age brothers live with us during the summers) and, in fact, I ADORE it when they are with us. Maybe it’s because I still feel like *I’m* in charge ? I’m not sure.
I love hanging around with family, and I adore watching them interact with Lila. Plus the free babysitter aspect is also wonderful. But at the end of the day, I want everyone to leave so we can have our own family time. Joel only gets to see Lila for about an hour a day (yeah, Lila goes to sleep by 6:45 pm every night). We have a definite routine every night – dinner done by 6:15, Joel gives Lila a bath (while I clean up the kitchen), then I go put her to bed (while he finishes the kitchen if needed), and then finally we get to hang out. When either of our parents are here, our routine gets disrupted, which isn’t a big deal in the scheme of things, except that I don’t ever feel like I get that “down time” that I need. Plus, they aren’t that big of a help with the baby, which is frustrating. Lila is still little and neither of our parents KNOWS her enough to know that when she starts shaking her head “No” when eating that she isn’t done eating, she’s just done with that one thing and wants something else. And this baby is SO skinny (because she won’t sit still OMG) that we really have to shovel food in her all the time.
I wish our parents lived closer so they could have shorter visits more often.
In completely other news – I signed up for the latest CDP exchange! And you should too! Just go to this link and read all about it:
The more the merrier 🙂