As I walk through the Creche gate on Friday afternoons, my mind turns to the 48 hours looming ahead of me. Usually I'm looking forward to some quality time with Milkbaby. Though often that pleasant thought is accompanied by a small ironic voice that says "Ha, 48 hours straight with your kid... how will you cope? Will you even remember what to do?".
I'm usually a bit of a planner. I keep numerous To Do lists. In the time Before Child (BC), I saw weekends as potential time for getting stuff done. I mean real stuff. Like entire house renovations. And having a bit of a sleep in. Only till 8.30am at the latest though - any later and that would interfere with getting stuff done.
Now, not only is it nigh-on impossible to get anything but a few small jobs done, but any kind of sleep-in is a far-distant memory. And since it's been a week since I last tried to get my little monkey down for a nap, today I seemed to have lost the knack. I gave up, leaving him yelling angrily in his cot, shut his door, and got back into bed, quickly pulling the covers over my head to drown out the screaming.
Luckily, the DH, wondering what all the noise was, came to investigate. After getting Milkbaby off to la-la land, he came into our room.
"what's up?" he said
"I hate weekends" I mumbled from under the duvet
"really? you'd prefer to be at work?"
"yes... I wish creche was open on the weekend... I feel like I've forgotten what to do... And I've got so much to do I don't know where to start..."
"you're obviously a bit tired. Just try and get some sleep while Milkbaby is sleeping."
"mmm nhmm... [snoring]
24 hours down, 24 hours to go. Maybe I'll remember how to get him to sleep tomorrow.