May 13, 2010 3:34 pm
We spent Mother’s Day at the beach with my parents and it was glorious. Then my parents took the kids back to their house to nap while Jamie and I went to the gym and out to lunch. Just getting to go out to a restaurant with my husband in the middle of the day was weird but so great. We need to do that more often.
For the first summer in a long time, I’m glad I live in Florida. Our year round swim lessons have finally paid off and we’ve been spending every afternoon in the pool. Like all afternoon, 2-4 hours at a time. I’ve got two Coppertone kids on my hands and we’re already down three bottles of sunscreen this year. We’ve experienced less tantrums, easier bedtimes and get this, sleeping through the night.
That’s right, bitches. My kids have slept through the night for the past four nights. This is this first stretch of time that they’ve both slept through in I don’t know, two years? Ever? We’ve tried every trick in the book and nothing has worked up until now. I’m knocking on wood even typing that since I know it will be the ultimate jinx.
Last summer was miserable for us since I wasn’t confident enough to go in the pool alone with both kids. The few times I tried turned into disasters and resulted with meltdowns from one or both kids. It was too hot to play outside without feeling like we were going to pass out so we were cooped up indoors. I would imagine that’s how you northern folks with toddlers feel during the winter months. Simply grueling.
This new groove we’re in is awesome and it arrived not a minute too soon. We’re slowly digging our way out of a tantrumy, sleepless ditch and moving toward fun times. The way I’ve always imagined our life with kids should be. We’ve hosted swimming play dates and gone to friend’s houses for more of the same. I’m happy to spend hours in the pool doing somersaults with Graham and pouring buckets of water out with Elliot. To eat our snacks poolside with everyone in a decent mood for once and the radio blaring. Most of all, I plan on tiring their asses out in the pool every afternoon for as long as I can. And how is your summer going?