Monday, February 13, 2012

Win-Win Weekend

Yesterday, Ian returned home after spending the weekend at his grandparents' house. They live about an hour and a half away from us, so it isn't too often that Ian can partake in an over-night all by himself. My anxiety on Friday before he left was, in a word, high. I was running around packing medicine, catheters, another medicine, and of course, Blankie, Slumbers, and Personal Penguin, all while trying to get both kids to eat dinner. As my parents left with him, my mom said "Don't worry about him, he'll be fine. Enjoy your time with just Lydia".

Saturday morning we got up and went out to run errands and buy Valentine's Day presents for the kids. I have to admit, the increased speed and ease with which we moved without Ian was noticeable. No lugging the wheelchair in and out of the car at every stop, no fighting with a screaming Ian who is holding tight to the wheels to prevent us from pushing him in a direction he does not want to go, no eating out only at places his delicate gag-reflex and picky palate will allow, and best of all, no holding up the diaper-changing station in the public restroom for 20 minutes while we cath him. Having only one kid is a breeze!

Whoa. Did I really just think that? Oh boy...the guilt rolls in. Is Ian more work? Yes. Is he worth it? Yes, definitely.

Meanwhile, Ian is at the children's museum with his grandma and grandpa having a ball. He's driving a pretend firetruck, learning about recycling, and eating all the mac & cheese he can hold. Justin and I get a little bit of a break, Lydia gets some one-on-one time with her parents, and Ian has a great weekend getting spoiled by his grandparents. Win-win.

Playing at the children's museum with Grandpa

1 comment:

  1. as a momma to five little ones, i think anytime one (or more) of them are not home it seems SO weird. so much "easier". yet the craziness of it all is so worth every second. ((don't get me wrong...i'll jump at the chance to do some grocery shopping with one little instead of five. lol)) i'm sure he had a blast at the children's museum, each time we drive by there i hear "momma, when can we go back there!" both of your babies are adorable. i've been enjoying catching up on your blog. :)