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Monday, May 16, 2011

Last Mommy-Daughter Day

Today was the last full day of just Norah and I -- for awhile.

Tomorrow, my MIL arrives and then in a week and a half, my own mother arrives, and hopefully, somewhere in the next two weeks, Caleb arrives.  So, today was the last day that Norah and I had just to ourselves.

We didn't do anything particularly significant -- went to the park for two hours this morning.  The park we went to has both playground equipment and a water park, and with the water, Norah could stay all day.  She wore herself out running around, and I was both proud and freaked out by some of the "big kid" playground equipment she was managing.  It seems parenthood is a constant tug and pull of emotions like that, and with a toddler, it seems that I am almost always precariously balanced between being impressed that she can do the things she can while simultaneously being scared that she's gonna hurt herself.  It takes a lot of restraint to stand back at the right times and intervene at the right times: Part of me would like to duct tape bubble wrap around her at all times, but the more rational part of me knows it's best to stand back and her let her be most of the time.

Anyway, needless to say, after so much morning activity, she took an awesome afternoon nap (as did I!), and we had a relaxing late afternoon/early evening before Jerry got home.

I'm grateful for the help that both my MIL and my mom have offered by coming to stay with us before, during, and after Caleb's due date, and I am looking forward to Caleb's arrival, but knowing that days like this, with just Norah and I, will be more rare in the upcoming future makes me a bit sad.

Ah, like I said, so many mixed emotions with motherhood!

12 comments:

H. said...

Yay! Fun day for you two! I TOTALLY felt the same way about my daughter and I having our "last" Mommy/Ella day before Connor was born. Now at 3.5 years and 1.5 years, things have settled into a nice routine (Ella and Connor are best buds) and I have found bits of time to spend alone with each child and I love those times! You will have a different dynamic once there are two, but it will be great! :)

Monica said...

aaawww! So glad you had this time together. Life is about to get a "little" more hectic and you will always cherish this beautiful day you two spent together.

ajh said...

I remember before my second was born wondering how I could possibly love another baby so much as I did her. It's amazing how much love we have to go around. Glad you had this special day.

N.D. said...

Wow enjoy the time!

MCM Mama said...

Sounds like a lovely day! I can't believe it's almost time for Caleb to arrive.

Firefly's Running said...

I am glad that you enjoyed some time alone with Norah. Be sure to get some alone time for just you and a date night with Jer-bear before Celeb. It will be different once he arrives.

fancy nancy said...

It is getting so close! How precious it is to have these days with Nora! Emma is the same at the park...I go between wanting to carry her everywhere and being so proud of all that she can do! I'm glad you had this time with just you and Nora!

Wes said...

ahhhh, the home stretch... we'll be thinking about you...

Robin said...

Sometimes the best days are the ones where you don't really do anything significant--just spending some time together is special.

I am learning about the conflicted parental feelings just as you describe with Norah. Eva is starting to become more mobile and wanting to pull up on things and I am just afraid she is going to fall and hit her head! But at the same time it is so neat to see her learning to do new things. Ahh motherhood!

Nobel4Lit said...

Aww, don't worry, you will have these moments again! Especially when the little boy is older, and your husband can do the dad/son thing.

Krissy said...

I hear you on that note, I felt the same exact way before Bo arrived, every moment I had with Eli I was cherishing it so much because i felt like he is going to have to share us so much more once the baby arrives. Things all work out, Bo is here and Eli is great about it all, we always give Eli some one on one time each day that is just important to do.

Adam said...

Wow, I never even THOUGHT about something like this! Interesting how different things will be. I hope you enjoyed the time!