I just read a post on netmums, ‘10 reasons mums don’t get weekends‘…. Well, I think I do, and I look forward to it. Actually, I love weekends.
- Hubby is not at work, that’s an extra pair of hands, two people to change a nappy, two people to make bottles, two people to feed baby… That’s half the work!
- Weekend trips… These are different to trips with friends, they’re family time trips
- Nice breakfast, bacon sandwiches, eggs and soldiers, something different to boring porridge, cereal or toast
- Film night, or if we’re addicted to a TV series a TV marathon. Well, usually it’s a DVD or netflix marathon
- Friday food: pizza, Chinese with the trimmings, fish and chips from the chippy. Something different with added treats, poppadoms, prawn crackers, nann bread, dough balls… Something that says, it’s the weekend, it’s us time
- Hubby gets to see baby and gets to see how baby’s changed that week while he’s been at work. See her eat new foods, crawl better, stand better, develop.
- I can spend time with hubby. We can go for a walk or shopping together, things we always did. Only now we often have lunch too. Baby eats with us and shows daddy what a good girl she is. How she loves watching everything around her, eating her food, playing drums on the table. Meanwhile we eat nice food, sit in the sun, have a glass of wine, laugh and smile at each other as we watch and play with baby. Ok, we might also have to play peekaboo with her or clap your hands, but we laugh and giggle along. Isn’t a good date one where you laugh, smile, and enjoy the company?
- Sunday evenings were always a bit of a downer, back to work tomorrow thoughts filled my head, deadlines, pressure… Now, it’s not quite as bad, once baby is in bed, and once we clean up and catch up (usually while dinner cooks), it’s us time. Time for us to be a couple, and watch Homeland.
I agree with that article to an extent, weekends aren’t what they were, and definitely aren’t what they were when I was a student or early 20s, but I admit it, this is 10 years later, hubby and I probably should have gone clubbing more in our later twenties and early thirties, but we loved going out for dinner, cinema, or a few drinks, and as we still do, a film and takeaway at home.
Come on, you might miss some of the things in their list, and yes, clearing up after baby has gone to bed, and preparing for the next day, might take up some of your time, but not all evening! And, tell me you don’t love to watch a film curled up on the sofa with your other half, a tonne of popcorn, glass of wine, and, if we’ve really planned it some chocolates or sweeties? Yes, you might fall asleep while watching it, but for the last 5 years, that’s just something I’ve done after a hard week at work… it’s not new! Tell me, you don’t relish the thought of your baby (however old) getting excited that daddy is home all weekend to play? Seriously, how can you not look forward to having another pair of hands to change those nappies? And most of all, how can you not be looking forward to spending that time with your other half? I most certainly do. I love our life and how it’s evolved, how we’re a little family unit.
I love how I look forward to the weekends and getting to see my hubby for two whole days every week. How we share the work, how much closer we are, how we work together. That working together, really shines through at weekends, we get more done, catch up where I fell over, and I don’t change every pooey nappy! Please tell me I’m not alone… Please tell me you love weekends too…