Weekly Retrospective

Whose idea was it for me to single-parent (with an audience!) on a working vacation?

Oh, it was mine? Oops. Bad idea, Lizzie. Bad idea.

It probably would have been a good idea for me to have . . . not done that. Or maybe i should have learned to 1. Ask for help. 2. Know what help to ask for.

Yeah. That would have been good.

Between one thing and another these past few weeks have been, um, more than a little stressful. I’ve had more than one ride on the emotional roller coaster. (Skip it, it’s way over-rated.) I’ve also taken my fair share of guilt trips for not having a minute to spare to jump on the trampoline, or another body with which to hold Little Miss while I jumped and the other me held her (not that she doesn’t love being on the trampoline, but we must bounce carefully in her presence – not Manchild’s idea of a good time).

(Oh, and just between you and me, skip the guilt trips too. They don’t measure up to beach trips or pool trips or park trips or even to lowly potty breaks. Seriously. Not worth your time.)

But hey! We’re here. It’s Friday and our flight leaves tonight. We will, of course, be sad to leave so many devoted aunts and uncles. We’ll miss the doting grandparents. We’ll talk all year about going back, about the trampoline, the water slide at the rec center, the 200 pound tortoise at the petting zoo.

However, we won’t miss the nightly meltdowns and the battles over dinner. We’ll be glad to be back in our own bunk beds, our own crib. We’ll be glad to see our friends and walk our streets again.

And next time, we’ll remember that three weeks, as fun as it may sound and as tempting as it is when there are so many people to see and so many events to fit in, is too long. Too many long days for little people. Too many places for one mom to be.
This week on Babble:

Feeling lonely? Here are some ideas for shaking it off.

Take a walk after dinner. It’s good for you.

When you think about it, “kid food” is a little weird, isn’t it?

How to become the person you want to be? Surround yourself with the people who already are.

And, gearing up for my red eye flight: how to deal with the red eye. (will be live tomorrow morning.)

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  1. Ugh. I feel your pain. Traveling with kids, especially alone, can be challenging. I used to dread hotel stays and all the shenanigans that went with them. It will get easier. And at least you got to spend time with family. Hope you have a great and restful weekend, getting back on track!


  2. I miss you already! I’m glad that you’ll be able to get back to your routine and no longer have an audience though I must admit I loved learning from you as I observed the stages your kids are at knowing that I’m not that far behind you. Manchild’s expression is killer. Poor boy! Thanks for the memories. Let’s make next year less stressful.


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