I recently happened to find myself with three whole children free hours. I know, jealous right? This was the first time in 11 months that I have been alone, literally. How did I find myself child free I hear you ask. Did I abandon them somewhere just hoping to find their own way home? Not quite.
A combination of my parents working full time and O being solely dependant on me to feed him has meant that it was pretty impossible for me to leave him before. But O is less dependant on me now so it was a lovely surprise to get a random phone call first thing in the morning from my mother offering me some ‘me time’ and on her day off too. I have to be honest I jumped at the chance!
I thought the fact that LV was home from school might have thrown a spanner in the works, but I’d only kept him off as I thought he was getting conjunctivitis and in her own words ‘he can have bad eyes in this house too’. I actually think that it may be more hayfever related as they have stayed bloodshot and watery but they didn’t get gunky at all. I’ve given him antihistamines since and it has seemed to improve a little.
So after having the obligatory cuppa and gossip about all and sundry, I fed O just to top him up and left. When I pulled up at my house just a few minutes later I opened the back door as usual to get O out of his carseat, then had to pretend that I was looking for something so my next door neighbour didn’t think I was going off my head! At least it wasn’t the other way round and I’d left him in there huh?
So what exactly did I do with my three hours? Let my give you a run down.
1. I sat on the sofa to eat my lunch and have a cup of tea without worrying that this will happen again. There were NO toys strewn across the floor around me!
2. I watched an episode of Haven, from beginning to end, without having to pause it or pretend not to be watching it while playing with O.
3. I ate the last slice of lemon meringue pie without having to hide or share it.
4. I wrote this article about maternity clothes without stopping and it wasn’t even nap time. I even got to press the publish button too!
5. I peed, alone, without anyone looking at me, wanting to sit on my lap, or feed, or look between my legs, or try to climb the shelves, or eat the toilet brush.
6. I had another cup of tea, while it was still hot!
7. I made my bed. Nicely. Not just flung the duvet over it.
8. I took clothes out of the tumble dryer, transferred nappies from the washing machine to the tumble drier AND got new clothes in the washing machine all in one go, without having to carry a baby strapped to my back or anything.
9. I sorted the shoes and threw out a load of holey, too small ones that have been hanging round for way too long.
10. I swept downstairs, even under the dining table (go me!)
11. I took the dog out for a walk, just the two of us.
12. I gave the highchair a good old scrub which was way overdue.
13. I hoovered the rug.
14. I made another cup of tea!
15. I almost finished one blog post and started another one(this one)
16. I put another episode of Haven on and checked my emails and all my social media bits and pieces like twitter and facebook.
It’s good to bear in mind that numbers 7-13 took less than an hour and I didn’t rush. It would usually have taken me all day and many stops to wrangle something out of O’s mouth or feed him, or change him etc. etc. The writing is usually impossible during the day, if you read this post about O’s lack of sleep you will understand why.
So even though I had a leisurely afternoon I was actually quite productive. Yes I could have been much more productive and spent my time deep cleaning the kitchen, taking stuff to the tip, scrubbing the floors. But quite frankly I just didn’t want to and that’s the excuse I’m sticking with!
I really enjoyed my time alone but it was lovely to see my two smiling boys again!
Oh and I know you will read this so thank you Mam, shall we do it again sometime? 😉 x
Do you get many days off from your children? What do you like to do with your time? Or, if you have yet to experience your first few hours without your precious little ones, what do you imagine you would want to spend your time doing?