So today my Mum was visiting us all and I knew I would go to bed tonight not feeling like I’d run a few marathons in one day. The twins love their Nanny and beamed and ran straight to her when she arrived. She scooped them up and showered them with her warm kisses and they lapped it up.
I also knew I’d at least get to have several cups of tea today and to sit down and eat my lunch, as well as watch her wear herself out playing with them and for me to have a good chat to an actual person.
I popped out to the shops for a few things on my own during nap time and left Mum ‘in charge’. It was quite nice to drive, have the radio on (and not the Frozen CD) and not be singing along to nursery rhymes.
It was equally as refreshing to park in a normal space, and not be driving around hunting for ages for an extra-wide, extended space. I also quite enjoyed just jumping out of the car and being in the shop within minutes, something that is impossible to accomplish with the twins in tow, with their many bags and accessories.
And I actually browsed.
Browsing does not happen in my life these days. If I do go shopping with Harry and Lottie (and these days I don’t) I’m in and out, in a flash so as not to bore the twins into utter hysteria. Or if it’s a shopping emergency for a much needed item then I’m stuffing crisps in them whilst targeting the exact thing I need, not even looking to the side of me at anything distracting.
But today I looked around at things, picked things up, put them back…tried things on. Walked upstairs without using a lift. Squeezed into aisles and places that are usually out of bounds. It was a strange yet calm feeling.
Hubby is away tonight. I wish I could write to say that I had a bath, had a face mask, did my nails, had a glass of wine and watched reality TV. Once I’d done the twins bedtime on my own, instead of spending the precious ‘me time’ on me, I washed up, put toys away, tidied up, whipped out the ironing board and got a fair bit done and then climbed into bed and ate some chocolate that I had delightedly found in the fruit bowl (!!). I then caught up on some much needed internet banking.
It’s tough sometimes being a Mum but thanks to MY superb Mum she made my day slightly easier today.