Last Thursday was the first time, since Pixie Pie was born, that Dadawa went at the parenting thing solo. Mum mum had a girl’s night out planned, and had pumped some milk well in advance. Evening started just after 5pm when Mum mum went to get ready and head out. Little Pixie Pie was stuffed (although gently), into a sling, where she fell asleep pretty quickly. After Mum mum left, we went out to the driveway for Pickle Pie to run around and play with one of her best friends… Yay Yeh (Julia).
Oh, I should add at this point that Pickle Pie had not had a nap, so was already tired, and when tired tends to get grumpy very quickly (much like Dadawa does).
We lucked out, as there was pizza on offer next door and we managed to crash the pizza party, so dinner was covered very easily! Ok, maybe not the most healthy, but it had cheese and tomato… that is good, right? 🙂
After dinner, we came home to play. I fed the little one, with help from Pickle Pie, who loved to help hold the bottle. Diaper changes were had, and we were good to go. A quick game of Memory, where Pickle Pie twisted the rules a little and was well ahead in the matching game, interrupted by more infant diapers. At this time we had already passed the 7 o’clock hour. I had thought I would be lucky to hold out to 8pm, but it was still looking good.
After games, and fun, I pulled out the camera, as well as the tripod, and set it all up so that I could show Pickle Pie how we can take photos without holding the camera, and where we can all be in the photo. Setting the timer and rushing around infront of the camera (me sitting on the swiss ball to settle Pixie down) we got a couple of shots, one of which is above. It was warm, so yeah, I do have sheen of sweat, but so what… we live in Houston… we get a couple of weeks when this does not happen to me, and we are now on the slippery slope to unbearable heat for the coming 6 months.
Pickle Pie loved it, and was sooo excited, hence the fantastic smile we captured.
I took the camera down, but let her play with the tripod, which killed another 15 minutes, then it was bath time for us all. As per another post, Pixie Pie loves the water, and we all climbed in and splashed around. When Pixie was starting to get tired of kicking around in the water (she does not stop when in the water), I got her out, cleaned her up and got her dressed (forgetting for a couple of minutes to put on her diaper cover… but no mess happened so I lucked out). Then we got her into a sling and got Pickle Pie out. She climbed into bed and I got a diaper on her, before she decided she wanted a back rub… 10 minutes later she was out cold, having skipped brushing and flossing her teeth.
Throughout this we had run the laundry and finished loading the dishwasher. Mum mum walked in while the wash was on the final rinse cycle to see both kiddos sleeping. She had enjoyed herself, and so had we.
Thursday Night Single Parent Night will now be a routine we are going to set, with Mum mum and Dadawa taking turns to have a night off and out… regardless of what we do.
This last photo also taken that night when Pickle Pie was cuddly with Baby Sissa and protecting her eyes from the indirect flash on the camera. We get a lot of cell phone photos, but the quality in these ones from the DSLR are incredible, so I plan on trying to get more and more using that.