David's finally working less. He finished up one set of tests last week and has a bit of a break before the next set starts. He's doing "other stuff" at work this week, but since all that other stuff was completely ignored during the satellite testing he's still pretty busy. I'm just glad he's going to be home for baths and bedtimes this week.
Then we're all going on a family vacation (driving) next week. I'm really hoping Charlie travels well. He usually resists sleeping in the car because I always get him home to his comfy bed in time for naps. I'm sure he'll figure out eventually that we're not going to arrive at home anytime soon and give up and sleep already. Hopefully. At the very least I know that he doesn't have the sheer stubborn stamina that some 15 month olds have. Chances are he will sleep and eat eventually, no matter how discombobulated he gets.
Tommy has a cold. I was thinking it was allergies, but he had so much snot yesterday that I finally upgraded my armchair diagnosis to a cold. He's home from school today and is perfectly content lounging in our bed watching TV and eating snacks. I really, really hope Charlie and I don't get it since we're leaving for our trip in a week. It's still possible it's allergies since he doesn't have any symptoms other than copious amount of clear snot.
My mother's day was very nice. I certainly enjoyed the roses and chocolates, but the day itself was more special than the presents. I think I've figured out the key to having wonderful all-about-me days is to head into them without pre-conceived plans. That way I don't get cranky when I'm too tired to do something I've planned. I just decided what I wanted to do as the day went on, and everything was lovely.
David and the boys went out to get bagels for us first thing in the morning. I usually eat breakfast out by myself on Sundays, but we knew breakfast places would be crazy busy on Mother's Day, so this was a good way to do something different. Tommy made me cups of tea whenever I asked, and I got to sit on the couch and read a magazine with my tea while David did all the little soul-sucking repetitive housekeeping sorts of things that I do every day (like empty the dishwasher and fill up Charlie's sippy cup and sweep under the high chair, etc.)
Instead of doing some sort of exciting outing, I asked David to do two big projects that I've wanted him to do for a long time. First, he got rid of the queen-sized guest bed that we've been keeping in Charlie's room. For some reason, I thought we could still use that bed if we kept it in the baby's room. I'm never willing to disrupt his sleep when we have company though, so it was a complete waste of space. Now Charlie has lots of space to play.
David also glued the toy train tracks down onto an insert for our play table for Charlie. Tommy's had the trains for a long time, but never really got into them that much. He enjoyed building the tracks more than playing with the trains. Charlie's already developing an impressive Thomas the Train obsession, so it's nice to have them out for him to play with.
While Charlie napped, I went out to lunch by myself and did a little shopping. It wasn't anything big, but I know that I need to do this at least once a weekend or I have a hard time re-focusing as the new week starts. When I came home we all played in the backyard for a while. Eventually, I decided I was tired and took a nice long nap. Then David made dinner and we had a pretty typical Sunday evening.
And thank you to this one too!