Since Dave is now on his way home, I feel okay sharing with the Internets At Large that he has been on a business trip since early Tuesday morning. That means a grand total of FOUR SOLID DAYS away while I'm doing the solo wrangle with four kids.
One of the downsides to Dave working from home is that I am accustomed to him being able to pop in whenever I really need a hand with the kids. I try not to pull that string much because, well, he is actually working a job, but it's nice to have the option. When he is gone, I become SO MUCH MORE AWARE of how nice it is to have that option!
The trip began on a ... shaky note with me awakening after a handful of hours of (bad) sleep as Nolan decided to have a chit chat with me every hour during the night. Sweet, but laws child, I am much more conversational in the afternoon. So I got out of bed to find 1 kid had peed the bed, 1 dog had peed the carpet, and the same dog had chewed up a DIRTY diaper she got a hold of. It was a gross morning.
But we rallied.
I determined that I wasn't going to mope around all week, like I normally do when Dave is gone, subsisting on delivery pizza and Chick-fil-a. I made sure to actually engage with them and play board games and jump on the trampoline and say "Yes" more than I said a default "No" and cook some actual food. Funny enough, the kids responded very well to NonMopey Mom.
There was still a healthy dose of bickering and insanity, but I can firmly state that this was the best Dave Gone Week we've had. It still would have been better with him home, but I didn't cry at all and made Pumpkin Waffles.