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>Off off and away!


The excitement is building!

In a few hours I’m going to be footloose and fancy free and on my way to Heathrow for a little trip to Germany (thank you in advance Pampers).

Roll on my first night away from both girls.

To be honest, given the reaction from Mr Muddling you’d think I’d be going away for a month and leaving him with two rabid dogs.  Which is not to say that Toddlergirl hasn’t had a horrid few nights and he may end up having to take my place sleeping with her in her bed (to try and avoid this we’ve moved her bed to see if that can break the bad association she has with it).

I realised this morning that its a bit unfair that there’s all this fuss and worry about me being away for a night when Mr Muddling regularly leaves me in sole charge.  And he leaves me in sole charge with no concern that things won’t be all fine or that I won’t be able to cope.

In fact he’s off overnight this Friday having managed somehow to combine two days of sailing with an England World Cup match and then away overnight in the middle of next week.  All very fine, all very normal.

Strangely it wasn’t like this when we just had the one.  This time last year I was still travelling overseas a couple of days a week and he was coping fine with looking after Toddlergirl in my absence.

So I’m hoping that my little trip away will enable me to recharge the batteries, get more than a couple of consecutive hours sleep and will most importantly make him happy and confident juggling both girls overnight on his own.

My biggest worry is the logistics of pumping and flying – not least because the security rules still seem to be focused towards it being fine to take expressed milk with you if you are travelling with a baby but not if you’re travelling without your baby.  I had some fun with this last year and fortunately I can remember the German for expressed breast milk!

It’s going to be all right on the night, right?

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8 comments to >Off off and away!

  • The Dotterel

    >Have a great trip… wish I was there!

  • PantsWithNames

    >It'll be alright on the night, I'm sure.

    Like you say, the thought of being in charge of two is quite scary. And Mr. probably needs a bit of time doing it to realise that it is doable. Hope he gets on ok. besides, he's got a break later on in the week to recover from it! It's also good for him to appreciate what your day to day life is like. Until you do it you have no idea what it can be like.

  • FrauHopkins

    >If you need any more phrases translating before you go, do let me know!

  • London City Mum

    >Children are 'parent-proof', my ante-natal teacher (not NCT!!) used to say, and she was pretty much spot on.

    Mr Muddling will be fine. Do him the world of good to manage on his own.

    Bet you the first thing he says upon your return is something akin to "I don't know what all the fuss is about…"

    Have a great trip!

    LCM x

  • justherdingcats

    >he will be fine – just relax out of sight out of mind!

    Says me who is dithering about going out for an evening and leaving my 10 month old who is still breast feeding! Have fun.

  • A Modern Mother

    >Have a great trip! Hope you get to go to a beer garden.

  • diney

    >wow – lucky girl! Enjoy

  • mama-andmore

    >how funny, I am in the same boat – my hubby goes away 4 times a year for 2 weeks at a go, and a few times in between, and I hold the forst, plus hold down the job while he's away… yet, I do get the puppy-dog eyes, and martyr comments if I ask him to do more than 1 pickup in a week! Good luck!

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