My DH is going to Bermuda all next week for a business trip (poor baby,
), and I will be on my own with 21-m.o. DS and our two dogs.
DH and I generally share equally in the division of labor around the house, so I will miss his presence tremendously, and am wondering how on earth I will survive.
I should note that I work five days a week, three full days and two half days. DS' daycare is 10-15 minutes from our house, in the opposite direction from my workplace. Dropping him off and picking him up adds at least an hour of commuting time for me. (There are very, very good reasons for this arrangement, and it usually isn't a problem for DH and drop him off or pick him up most days.)
Our two dogs are high energy working dogs who need at least an hour of hard exercise a day.
I can get some things done in the evening after DS goes to bed, but am often thoroughly exhausted by that point. He's a total lark, wakes around 5 a.m. right now, so there's no way for me to get a shower or get anything done in the morning before he wakes up.
Here's what I've planned so far:
- take-out, crockpot meals or casseroles from the freezer for dinner on the nights DH is away;
- I am paying a friend who has taken care of the dogs before to come at noon and take them out for some exercise. I will still have to take them out in the morning and evening, but at least won't have to worry so much about getting them out for extended periods of time.
Does anyone have any other survival tips? It often takes both of us racing around at full speed in the morning to get everyone showered (me, not DS), dressed, toileted, fed, and out the door. DS is at an age when it can take 30 minutes just to get his pants on (picture a toddler running away at top speed, laughing hysterically, and yelling "hide, hide" as mommy chases with the pants). Schedules and time mean nothing to him, and he is interested in everything, so a simple trip up or down the stairs can involve a stop to look in the hallway mirror and talk about what we see there, close scrutiny of the lady bug on the stairs, a discussion of the baby gate and how DS pinched his fingers in it one day about a month ago, exploration of how it feels different to go up (one) stair and come back down (four) stairs, etc. DH and I can usually work with this, but when it's just me, it's tough... which makes DS upset, and thus makes it even more difficult to accomplish anything.
Thanks in advance for any help. I know we'll survive, but most of all, I don't want the week to be filled with conflict and struggle. I'd much rather get to the end of the week feeling as though I had some good one-on-one time with DS.