On Saturday, while Walter & I were preparing for some visitors, Walter casually asked me if I’d like to fly to Cape Town to visit my family and friends before I head back to work at the end of August. Of course, I jumped at the chance, said yes immediately and before I could even give his offer much thought, we’d booked tickets and advised Ava’s school of her planned absence for the next 10 days.
Its only now, just a couple of days before we’re scheduled to leave that I’m suddenly terrified of the prospect of going away without my husband for 10 days… alone… with TWO children! What was I thinking??? How stupid am I???
And what brought on my sudden fear? Why an utterly shyte night sleep, actually the NO sleep I got last night!
We have ALL been sick! It’s been coughing and snotting for almost a week in the VW household. It’s been delightful! <sarcasm font> In true Walter style, he has upped the volume on his snoring while sick and nearly driven me to commit murder. I cannot tell you the fantasies I’ve had of stuffing a sock in his gaping, snoring mouth and then covering his face with a pillow & forcefully holding it in place till her jerks and gasps his last freaking snoring breath the last few nights. Last night, out of desperation, I sent him to sleep in the guest room upstairs. Aside from the fact that I can’t sleep due to the increased volume of his chainsaw, I was afraid he was going to wake the girls up. The bliksem got a full uninterrupted nights sleep while I padded the passage last night.
The fun started at around 1am when Ava came to stand next to me and tell me she couldn’t sleep. From 1am till 3am I walked her back to her bed about 10 times. Turned off her light, whispered between gritted teeth about what punishment I was going to dish out if she woke Hannah up, packed he toys away, switched off her music. Eventually I explained to her in no uncertain terms what a hiding is (she’s never had a hiding) and how my mom would give me a hiding with a belt or wooden spoon when I was a little girl and how I was going to give her a hiding if she came out her room once more. The look of horror on her face when I explained how I would lean over my bed so my mom could spank me with a belt/slipper/wooden spoon seemed to do the trick and she fell back asleep just after 3am.
Que Hannah! I was then up and down for Hannah between 3am & 5am.
I’d just gotten back into bed when Walter came slinking into our room to get ready for gym… you have no idea how I fantasized about beating him death with one of his gym takkies. After he left I dosed off and was woken the sounds of my chirpy girls just after 6am. As a side note… HOW can children be so chirpy at Sparrows fart when they’ve been awake half the night?? HOW??
And now I’m going away for 10 days where I will parent my children SOLO, out of their environment, out of their routine and all I keep thinking what an idiot, what was I think in my dumb head when this idea was proposed to me and I thought it was SO great that I jumped at the chance????