Me time for the first time in a long time

Today, both my girls are going to get looked after by their grandparents for the afternoon. It’s the first time I have ever left both of them, and not had any plans. I know they will be in the absolute best care, as their grandparents love them so completely. It feels a little strange to be away from them.

Spending time apart is going to become a more frequent occurrence as I will be heading back to work soon. When I do return to work, I don’t want it to be a complete shock for my baby girl. I also need to get used to being apart so that I don’t miss my girls dreadfully too.

When my first daughter was born, I always imagined that separation anxiety only occurred with the baby. I was surprised that parents feel separation anxiety too. When my girls were born, I have always felt connected to them. Being apart is tough. I can only imagine that it is tough for them too.

My eldest daughter absolutely loves time with her grandparents. It’s the highlight of her day. I know my baby will love it too. She may not even notice that I’m not around.

After nearly 10 months of constantly being together (more or less), the question remains, what do I do with my spare time? It will only be a few hours. I can’t go wild. I have thought about getting a massage. My back and neck could really do with one. I could perhaps go to a café and have a coffee and eat a slice of cake without sharing it. Or, I could come home and do some housework. Housework with children always takes at least five times as long to get anything done.

What about you? What do you do when you have finally got some time to yourself?

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