The most important news (at least according to the girls) first: K2 is back home!
As a summary of the five days I think I have to say “the girls were perfect and thanks to K2’s preparation it was easier than ever”. I’m still proud of myself – and more than ever in awe of all of you SAHMs (and SAHDs – Hi Brian) out there. Not to mention the single moms. You have my deepest respect. Seriously.
So what can I tell you about today. As usual, the day started long before the sun came up. 5:30am both of them showed up in my bedroom and asked me if it was morning, yet. The answer of course was “no”, but that didn’t really help. I kept them “semi-quiet” in bed till six and then we went downstairs. The usual morning routine (potty, milk, games with Papa) and when the requests for TV became too insistent I went upstairs with them instead to get them dressed.
While they brush their teeth I tend to brush their hair and ask them for their requests. S2 wanted a “Mama braid” (that’s a ponytail that is then braided), and H2 firmly asked for “vier braids”. I think I did a good job with those requests.
After I showered we went back downstairs and the girls helped me make my latte. As every morning, they asked if they could make a latte for Mama, too, and were very sad that Mama wasn’t there to have a latte with us.
After breakfast – once again the girls wanted cooked oatmeal which I happily provided (the real thing, not some instant powder) – we talked with Oma and Opa. Right before calling them on the computer (we use Skype video conferencing for that) I wanted to send the girls upstairs to put away all the stuffed animals that they had dragged downstairs. S2 responded “but I need to skype Oma!” – you go girl, you know your telecommunications technologies when you see them…
After that we went to a play date with another German-American family in the neighborhood. The girls had lots of fun with Charlie and his family. Afterwards I asked what they wanted for lunch and H2 quite clearly said “Quesadillas. I want to eat quesadillas.” Ok, sweetie – you are the one who tends to be behind in language development – when you aren’t impressing me with surprising vocabulary or sentence construction, I guess.
So we went to Baja Fresh. The girls were hungry and each ate a complete children’s plate with quesedillas, rice, apple sauce and a box of milk. Wow. I told them we’d have nap time afterwards. They protested loudly. When I strapped them in their car seats, S2 pretended to be asleep. And promptly fell asleep (which I didn’t realize). So when we arrived at home and I got her out of her seat it took a while until I realized that she was, in fact, sleeping. I managed to get her upstairs and into her bed without waking her up – I couldn’t believe my luck.
H2 didn’t want to nap, of course, but I told her it was quiet time and didn’t engage her and instead asked her to play quietly. After a while she got bored and wanted to wake her sister. My response was that she instead could lay down with her and sleep as well. To my surprise that’s exactly what she did. Without waking her up. At that point I really couldn’t believe my luck.
An hour later S2 woke up first and a few minutes later K2 arrived home. Chaos and lots and lots of happiness ensued.
Right now the three of them are upstairs doing bedtime. I can hear the giggling downstairs. I think we all are thrilled to have Mama back home.