Monday, September 24, 2007

3 Minus 2 Equals 1

This morning, Baby and I met the lovely Mrs. Chicky and Chicky Baby for a playdate at a local playground.

Yeah, I had initially suggested the zoo--not realizing the extent to which I'd feel like I'd just been turned into road pizza by a mac truck (stemming from yesterday's run).

Why so motivated you wonder? I ONLY HAVE ONE CHILD TODAY! My in-laws arrived in the Trenches at 9am sharp, whisking away both Eldest and Middle for a day of fun and games (and an obscene amount of junk food, guaranteed) at the Big E.

[And yes, you can bet your ass, that I, not one to let a golden opportunity pass me by, had Baby all dressed and ready to go too, in the off chance they were feeling masochistic generous and wanted to take all 3.]

Didn't happen.

BUT, I didn't get dressed until 10:30! (whoops, not that I don't do that on other days too.)

Let me start again:

I only had to pack 1 sippy cup!

1 set of snacks!

In short, Baby was the sole recipient of my undivided attention!

Mrs. Chicky and I were able to chat!

Without constant interruption! (err, aside from Baby's tedious monologue of "Mine! Mine! Mine!" directed to Chicky Baby.)

And now, it's naptime. 2 hours (fingers-crossed) of quiet relaxation.

Reading outside and soaking up the last of the sun's rays, catching up on blogs and Entourage.

Yeah, this is easy. The bitch of it is that you don't fully realize it until (2) more come along...

Stay away from the light, Mrs. Chicky! Don't do it!

Totally kidding, of course.

Have 4 more! Enough for a basketball team of your very own. The Chicky-Trotters has a nice ring to it.

(Ooooh, she's gonna kill me.)

23 comments:

Jen M. said...

I LOVE Entourage. The writing kills me - I feel like an old lady watching it, but it sucks me right in.

Congrats on your race! And only having one kiddo at home today!

Mrs. Chicky said...

I could never kill you! But four kids? Ain't gonna happen. Not even to try to keep up with you.

painted maypole said...

my husband always said he wanted enough kids for a sports team. I said single or doubles tennis. ;)

Of course, now when we have (HAD, we haven't had any recently)the "more kids?" discussion his POV has drastically changed.

slouching mom said...

I love it when you get together with Mrs. Chicky. There's always good blogging afterward. ;)

Chaotic Joy said...

Husband and I always talk about how easy it is now when we only have one, or two. And how not easy it felt when two was all there was. We figure four would be easy, if we had, say, six. But we won't be testing that theory.

Judy said...

Cool for you getting a semi-break today! Send your ILs this-a-way...I have some CUTE boys they can adore over here!

MadMad said...

Isn't it amazing how one seemed SOOOOO HARD.... until you had two? (Or three?) And now it's like a treat to only have one to deal with at a time. Glad you had a fun day!

Feener said...

Rock ON with the run. so awesome you did it !!!

pinks & Blues Girls said...

So fun! I recall Chicky Baby being very cute holding a bat. So maybe just enough for a baseball team (8 or 9, right?) for the Chickys. :) OK, I realize that would be insane unless you're that Duggar family that has 17 kids. YIKES!

Jane, Pinks & Blues

Dana said...

My youngest and my cousins only child are the same age and we live in the same town. She never could understand why I wouldn't go out more often. I tried to explain to her that it was a lot different with 3 under 5 than with just one child. She still doesn't get it.

hqm said...

Isn't amazing whe you take even just one out of the mix? Totally different dymanics, here, rarely any fighting and whining, they actually play together!

Annie said...

Glad you got some one on one with your baby, and Mrs Chicky! A whole lot less stressful, and I'll bet your neck didn't get tired from whipping it around to see where the other kids were all time.

Happy Homemaker said...

What a great day!

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

I hope you didn't jinx yourself by saying you'd have 2 hours free. Every time I say ANYTHING at all about naptimes, I screw myself and end up with a lousy 45 minutes of free time.

Your playdate sounded like fun!

Angela said...

It is hard to decide if it is a good idea to go from one to two.
Glad your day was lovely

Dena said...

AW sounds lovely!!!!! And I will add that I'm a BIG Entourage fan.. Love that show.

Kate said...

I am always astounded at how much easier it is to go somewhere with just one kid now... in comparison to how HARD it was to go out with just one tiny little baby back when I only had one. It's all about perspective...

Oh, and you've been tagged. :)

ali said...

so envious of your playdate... :)

BOSSY said...

Bossy adores her some Chicky. Fer chrissake.

Pinks & Blues said...

Great post! I know exactly what you mean. We went birthday shopping Sunday night with only Benjamin... it was strangely bizarrre and too quiet roaming the aisles of Toys R Us without a billion "can I get this?"
Love it!
We definitely have to meet up for a playdate. My oldest 2 and your youngest 2 are exactly the same ages! Hello!!?? Where have you been my whole life!!??

- Audrey
Pinks & Blues

Ms Picket To You said...

Because today is the big activity day for the older two, it was me and the Giant Three Year Old alone pretty much until 4:30. We had some quality time (Ie: Target toy aisle) but when smeared ice coffee all over the viewing window at the Y and emptied some lady's purse, I was almost wishing the other kids were there to prove that I am not THAT bad of a mother.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

I had a similar experience on Friday and Saturday when BOTH girls were picked up for playdates, leaving me just with my son. It is so odd to have 'alone time' with him! But, it also makes me realize how much I rely on the girls to keep him occupied at certain times (like when I'm reading blogs!).

Hope the Big E was fun for the boys! I used to love going there.

SeaBird said...

Hmmm, as a mother of twin toddlers I never got a chance to experience just one. But people tell me it's waaay different! (and we are also entering into the MINE MINE MINE phase... aghhhh!)

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