So Joel has been away at an acupuncture seminar and I have been trying out single parenting for approximately 36 hours. He will not be returning for another 41. Ella has been whining her pants off most of the day and as a result I am nursing a cold crisp beverage with my sights set on a second one in the not too distant future.
Red Tenter Jo, and all you other mums whose husbands go away for more than, like, 10 hours, or whom maybe lack a partner altogether, I am in complete awe of you. You are nothing short of Superheroes, really.
This, among other things, is what happens when I parent on my own.
And also this.
And also, I’m sorry to say, this.
Turns out, I’m not quite the multi-tasker I thought I was.
The up side to Joel being gone is that I’ve been able to catch up on some cleaning. And by cleaning I mean dressing Ella up in cute outfits, taking photos of her and not having to hide the evidence.
You’ll be pleased to know that we’ve got Christmas Day outfits totally sorted. Ella’s super happy with hers.
Speaking of Christmas, tomorrow is the first day of it and I’m so very excited. My little family and I have begun the first traditions we will share for all the years to come, and the truthiest truth of all is that it makes me feel so grown up. It makes me feel so together and sorted and in charge of stuff. It really is a miracle.
Spray painting pine cones we’ve collected.
Tradition 2. Spray painting and decorating our “tree” while Michael Buble’ Christmas CD plays.
Tradition 3. Decorating!
Tradition 4. Advent calendar made up of boxes with little treasures inside – one for each day.
Tradition 4. The Night Before Christmas purchased ready to read on Christmas Eve. Thanks Caitlin from Mother Down Under for the idea!
Yep, it’s upside down. Not going to worry too much about fixing that. I did mention I’m parenting on my own at the moment, right? My spare time is a tad on the limited side.
There will be more traditions to come over the years, but it’s a nice little start.
Happy nearly first day of Christmas my sweet Red Tenters. May the Christmas spirit of love and giving and community be filling your cozy little homes too.
P.S. A little someone wanted me to show you how clever she is getting.
CHRISTMAS KISSES FOR ALL! THANKS FOR MAKING MY MUM SO HAPPY!