Tuesday, August 4, 2009

On My Own

So I just put Moana down for bed... this is the only time that I can get on my computer now. Moana has recently decided that the coolest thing to do around this house is to reach for the computer keyboard when mommy is trying to type. And she's just tall enough to reach the keys, which means that I really can't type at all while she's awake anymore.

So there you have it. 9 months old and she's already figured out that the computer is the most intriguing item in the house. That, or my iPhone. It's a toss-up.

Anyway, I'm on my own for a few days this week while Scott is working in Guam. At first, the thought of him being away for 3 whole days was frightening to me, but then when I really thought about it, I wasn't so worried. Don't get me wrong- I love being married, and love being married to Scott- but a few days on my own isn't such a bad thing. Shoot, I managed for 34 years before getting married. I'm a pretty independent gal.

Let's face it, as a stay at home mom, I do everything around the house anyway. I do all the cooking, cleaning, shopping, laundry, etc. And taking care of all of Moana's needs has been my job since the day she was born. Don't get me wrong, Scott helps out sometimes and is certainly able to do all these things, but given that he's at work all the time, I am the default person in charge around here.

In all honesty, it's actually a little bit easier on me because I don't have to worry about cooking for anyone else (other than Moana I guess, but her food is pretty simple). I don't have to clean up after anyone else (other than Moana, and I guess she can make a pretty big mess). I don't have to worry about anyone else's schedule (other than Moana's I suppose, and that can be kinda tricky)...

OK, so I changed my mind. Living alone when you're single and childless really is pretty different than living alone when you're married and a mom. I would NOT want to do this child-rearing thing alone full time. I don't know how single moms do it all the time?

What is keeping me sane this week while I'm on my own is the fact that I've got Dana and Jenny to trade off with so I can still have my Michelle time (read: training time). It's just perfect that I've found these two moms and can trade off with them in such a win win situation. I'm not missing a single workout this week thanks to these two.

SO... Moana is in bed. 7:00PM. What am I going to do with my evening? Well, after finishing this blog, I'm going to go upstairs and stretch and continue reading my book, The Other Boleyn Girl. That is the best book! I'm so glad it's 800+ pages because I just don't want it to end. I'm sure that falling asleep alone with a book every night would get pretty darn lonely if I went back to doing it all the time, but for a few nights right now, it's just fine.

10 comments:

Clare said...

i'm probably not the best wife, i LOVE when my husband goes snowborading with his friends for the weekend!!! enjoy your time!!

Angela said...

I always like it when tim is gone for a day or two...it's good relaxation time (sort of)...much more than that and I'm curled up in the fetal position in bed crying until he returns to save me.

Rebecca DeWire said...

I hate it when my Scott is gone :( After Elena was first born, he traveled a couple times a month for overnight work trips and when she was 6months old I was by myself for 7 days! That was so hard and made me realize how difficult it must be for military spouses with deployments lasting 18 months.

Natalie D said...

It is kind of nice when the man is away and you don't have to worry about spending time + cooking for them.. for a few days! But they are helpful too - you're right! enjoy the time!

Regina said...

My husband travels a lot for work. It definitely gives you a taste of what being a single mom is like. And like you, I don't know how they do it. That said, I actually like it when he goes away. I miss him, but it's kind of nice to have the place to myself (after my son is in bed!).


It also means I can eat cereal for dinner!

X-Country2 said...

My husband is leaving for the lake with his buddies on Friday, and I'm kind of excited to run the remote. Mmmm, glorious trashy television.

Angela and David Kidd said...

I really only mind when David travels for a few days when it messes up my training. Like you, I was on my own for a long time so not having someone around doesn't really phase me. It's also gotten easier as Zach's gotten older. When it was freezing cold here so I couldn't just go for walks outside and Zach was still pretty unpredictable I hated when David traveled.

Katie A. said...

Enjoy the time, although I am not a mom, I always relish the fact that I can still survive on my own. A good reminder of how strong we can be. Have a great rest of the week! :)

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

I can imagine that some parts of being alone with Moana would be great, while others - not so much. Its always tough when your spouse goes away - on the one had I'm used to Nathaniel being gone for long deployments...but its never easy. 3 days or several months. But it IS nice not having to worry about meals and/or cleaning when they're not around. However...the Mom-thing would be a different story. He'll be back before you know it!

GoBigGreen said...

Ooh a book, a bath, a glass of wine, actually sometimes my favorite thing to do on a solo night is nothing! Like you said, stretch and read:)
Hope the storms stay away!