Thursday, November 19, 2009

Guilt Free - Mama's Night Out!

When Eddie came home for lunch yesterday he suggested that I take something that we'd bought (but didn't work) back to Bed, Bath, and Beyond when he got off work. He said he and James could hang out at home and I could run some errands and just get out of the house.

I've left James a handfull of times - to go to Target with Mom, Eddie ran some errands with him and without me, I got a haircut and left him with Mom earlier this week - but night is a little tricky for us. Usually our sweet, angelic boy that you all have seen ASLEEP turns into a grumpy little guy when five o'clock hits. Eddie can handle James, I have no doubt, but when he turns into a screaming mess at the end of the day the look on Eddie's face says it all: What do I do?

The truth is, I'm not sure what to do with him either. I just try lots of different things until he eventually wears himself out. I don't get worked up over it, I just try to work around the tantrums. Eddie is not quite so patient. I don't want it to sound like I've got it all together and Eddie can't figure it out, because that's not the case at all. In fact, when he walks in the door at night he usually takes over most of the duties and lets me have a break. But when the screaming starts, it usually throws a wrench at both of us. And it's just easier when it's both of us.
So...when he suggested I get out of the house last night my first thought was "Heck yes!" and my second thought was "But I hate to leave him at the 'witching hour.'" Eddie assured me that all would be well and they would survive so I headed out after I'd eaten supper.

I spent a GLORIOUS hour in Hobby Lobby and then ran next door to Target. I found several things I'd been looking for and just enjoyed being alone. I called twice while I was gone - once to tell Eddie something funny I'd heard and once to tell him I was going to run by Starbucks (for a DECAF Peppermint Mocha). Both times, I heard a fussy little man in the background. However, when I got home my heart melted a little bit because of this:

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