Last Sunday we tentatively planned to go out to lunch, as we often do. As mid-morning passed, though, Baby B began to whine, “I don’t want to go out to lunch…I want to stay here!” And Baby A whined in response, “I want to go out to eat!”
Daddy stepped in and suggested that he and A go out to lunch, and B could stay at home with Mommy. While Mommy might have felt a little slighted at missing a trip out to eat, I knew that was a great (and rare) opportunity for some one-on-one time…which is probably exactly what our whiny babies really needed.
Baby A was super excited to get dressed to go out with Daddy, and Baby B was very thankful to be staying home with Mommy. While Daddy and A had a fun time out, B and I got some great hands-on time together. She helped me every step of the way in making strawberry bread, and then we snuggled and read some books, and then I made exactly what she wanted for lunch…a butterfly-shaped sandwich, fresh veggies, and grapes.
Daddy reported what a fantastic time he had with A. He just raved about how well-behaved she was, such a little lady. And she was all smiles telling every last detail of their “date”. While I may have salivated a little bit, hearing about the mushroom and artichoke pizza they shared, I knew it was so good for the two of them to have shared that experience.
As this weekend rolled around, I wondered if the girls would both agree to the switch, as we had talked about last Sunday afternoon. To my very pleasant surprise, the girls brought it up themselves on Saturday morning.
“It’s my turn to go out to eat with Daddy today!” B exclaimed. And A piped in, “I get to stay home with Mommy!”
Daddy and B had an equally good time to what he and A had last weekend. And A got to help Mommy in the kitchen again, this time making one of their favorite things to “cook”, Monkey Munch.
I have been so impressed over these two weekends…impressed first by each of the girls’ behavior in these one-on-one situations…and impressed even more so at their maturity in taking turns.
It’s a great reminder how important these special times are…worth Mama giving up a share of gourmet pizza, for sure. (But I need to think of some better kitchen exercises…we can’t be making all these sweets every week…the calories saved on pizza do not offset dessert every day of the week!)