Friday, January 21, 2011

We're Free!

My in-laws have this lovely little habit of kidnapping Anna for a night, and as we speak she is snuggled into her car seat cruising with my father-in-law back to Oma and Opa's house.  It's a win-win-win situation all around.  Anna gets smothered with kisses and Oma and Opa get some quality time with their granddaughter and Mike and I get to pretend we're childless for a night. 

It's funny, because leading up to the big send off my brain is usually swirling with all the glorious free time I'm going to have and how much I'm going to accomplish and how I can't wait to just have some peace and quiet.  And now that she's gone, I'm just sort of putzing around the house, not sure what to do with myself.  Yes, the kitchen needs to be cleaned disinfected with industrial-strength chemicals, and the bathroom toilet has some kind of murky beige growth crawling up the bowl, and it looks like a bomb exploded in our bedroom.  I have a huge list of things I could be checking off right now, but instead of being productive I'm sitting here thinking about my daughter and how I can't wait to see her tomorrow.  Good grief.

I'm sure that in an hour or two I'll start to catch little glimpses of my baby-free life.  Right around the time that I sit down with a hot cup of coffee and a magazine to enjoy both in their entirety, or grab that knitting project I've been trying to get to for weeks, I'll hear something and think to myself "Oh, crap!  The baby's up..." and then suddenly realize that my mind is playing tricks on me.  Then I'll smile to myself, because I'll be able to keep filling my brain with pointless celebrity gossip or knitting and purling to my heart's content.  And that, my friends, is awesome.  Because no matter how much I love my daughter, how much I miss her kisses and the sound of her shoes squeaking through the house, shedding the role of "mama", even if it's just for a few hours, is so important.

So without further ado, there's a new issue of Us Weekly calling my name - that I'll get to right after I finish scrolling through all the pictures I have of Anna on my computer.  What can I say?  You can take the girl out of mommyland...

1 comment:

  1. Hey gf! Hope you enjoyed the baby-free day and got your fill of celebrity gossip! Love the blog. I love getting to read about your life. So proud of you for starting it- please keep it up! I feel vaguely inspired to post pictures I've been meaning to for months (read: years). Will let you know if that happens.

    And congrats on the half marathon training! I signed up for one too, mine is in a few weeks in UAE. I'll survive with enough energy left to party in Dubai, insha'allah!