While the downside of solo parenting with the 2 boys last week was that I had to do everything alone, the upside was that I got to practice spontaneity with the kids and could make quick decisions.
We attended a birthday party at Fidgets and extended our stay with Liam’s ex school/Little Genius/Julia Gabriel classmate till the playground closed. It was nice to take the opportunity to catch up with my friend while our sons played since our husbands weren’t around to guilt us into leaving sooner.
I also took Liam on his first ride aboard the Double Decker bus. I’ve always enjoyed sitting on one, especially the front row seats, when my mum often took me on one so it was nice to see how excited Liam got as I carried him to the upper deck and more so when a kind passenger gave up his seat just so that Liam could have a front row seat experience. Probably one of the best things to do when solo parenting me thinks – I managed to catch a much needed break and the boy was so taken in with all that was going on to give me some peace.
When Liam was 4 months old, I took him “swimming” almost every week. So naturally I felt bad that I wasn’t able do the same for Ollie. During solo parenting week I decided to take the chance to let him try it again. He enjoyed it for a good 10 minutes, playing Ollie the swim clown to passer-bys, before kicking himself hard and diving backwards, giving himself a little scare and that was the end of his session. I was surprised when the bb spa went ahead to charge me fully for the session instead of suggesting we take a walk to calm him down and come back to try again as offered by other companies that I’ve heard from friends; fully aware that what happened was a result of underestimating Ollie’s kungfu kicks in a smaller pool. Even clothe Ollie and skipped his baby massage until they were about to charged me for it and then quickly did one which seemed a little lacklustre. Thankfully the Bo wasn’t there to see this incident else I’m sure I’d get a earful of nags.
One of the highlight having lots of me-time to myself whenever the kids were settled. I snuck in an impromptu lunch date with the cousin at Bistro Du Vin (totally recommend the lunch specials), took a mummies night out with the #forestfriends gang, and went on a shopping date with a good friend thanks to having free reign and use of the car. Also managed to drop the car off for servicing during the school hours so I’m really pleased that I managed to get quite a bit of stuff done during the week…although I wouldn’t recommend doing this on a regular basis. I was so burnt out by mid-week, I practically snoozed on the couch by dinner time every evening and struggled to get out of bed every morning.
So glad the Bo’s back. And now, back to normalcy and nags. 🙂