Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread


I’m in Chicago this weekend, enjoying my first solo trip away in about a year (and my first time ever being away from Joanie). I miss my kids and husband and feel a little bit guilty for leaving them for a couple days,* but mostly I’m really excited to get some sleep, see my friends, and get some sleep. And also, sleep.

Hey, don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend. We spring ahead an hour Sunday morning. Spring is coming!

* But I don’t feel that guilty, and if you’re a parent — especially one who stays home with your kid(s) part-time or full-time — you shouldn’t feel guilty about taking a break sometimes, too.

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  • Snoopy128 March 11, 2016, 4:48 pm

    Bleh. I dislike springing forward. It makes the next week super hard. And next week is a busy one for me with lots of morning workouts.

    Going to plant my herb seeds indoors this weekend and hoping to organize an office planting session, where we can all l learn from our resident greennthimb and plant some good plants in pots on our windowsills.

    Other than that, sleep. And fighting off this nasty flu everybody seems to be getting.

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    Lianne March 11, 2016, 5:00 pm

    Have fun, Wendy! Funny, I already have a bachelorette weekend planned for early August for my future SIL and one of my friends who already has kids was shocked I was planning to spend the weekend away so soon. I will be in Boston and very close if my husband has an emergency. I think it’s good to establish this type of break early and am so happy I have a partner who feels the same way!

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    MaterialsGirl March 11, 2016, 5:45 pm

    hooray! welcome, wendy!

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  • Anonymousse March 11, 2016, 10:44 pm

    Shout out to Chicago for shutting down Trump tonight! Woo! There’s hope yet!
    I haven’t been away even for one night from my toddler or three and a half month old. But that doesn’t bother me too much, as I’d be the one anxious and worrying about it. Although, as soon as this babe is on solid food, I’m outta here! I would love to be at a nice hotel with a spa visit, maybe some kind of narcotic to knock me into a deep sleep. I could sleep for days. We’ve actually had some really good nights lately, with my son sleeping through the night, and my little daughter sleeping for up to eight hours straight through! It was miraculous. She’s starting to actually be a little person now, not just a helpless blob. It’s pretty cool.

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    • RedRoverRedRover March 12, 2016, 12:06 pm

      That’s the best part of parenthood for me so far, when they move out of the “blob” phase. 🙂 I’m not a baby person, and while I loved my son when he was a baby, I didn’t particularly enjoy that phase. Plus he was a hard baby which didn’t help. But once they become little people, it’s just amazing! Talking was huge for me too, I love having that window into watching my son’s development.

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      • Anonymousse March 12, 2016, 3:15 pm

        My son is just on the brink. I cannot wait for him to really start talking! He has probably 20+ words. He’s so much fun and so damn cute.
        Agreed on the baby thing. Although, with him, everything was new and novel and I did enjoy his baby stages, but now that he’s a little guy, he’s so much more fun. I sometimes secretly wish I had more time with just him. I feel horrible writing things like that… Ugh. And it’s hard to admit, but she’s just not that fun right now. I love her, I do, and I can’t wait for a few more months to go by when she can really interact more, (although even this week has been more fun because she’s more aware, she’s babbling and laughing, entertaining herself for short periods.
        He’s pretty sweet to her, and tries to feed her and give her his cup or toys, or cover her with a blanket. I just know it’s going to be awesome in a few more months.

      • RedRoverRedRover March 12, 2016, 9:11 pm

        Yeah, I’m due in a couple of months, and I figure about a year from now things will be pretty awesome. She’ll be starting to walk and able to play with him a bit. Can’t wait!


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