So as of 3 pm last Friday, I suddenly remember that daycare was closed on Monday (today) in observance of Columbus Day. All of the grandparents had to work or were not feeling well (hope your allergies get better soon Pop!). My brothers live out of town and my SIL's both had to work, and Michael and I had to both work. The only other option was our friend Anthony who usually stays home with his two sons Cameron and Hayden while his daughter and wife go to school. But their lives have been a bit frazzled lately and I just didn't have the heart to ask him to watch Sybilla too. Since Michael doesn't get PTO and I have the ability to work from home, that was our only option.
Don't get me wrong, working from home is a great luxury that a lot folks don't get. But it's really hard to work from home when you have a very active and curious toddler who wants nothing short of your attention ALL. DAY. LONG. Now I realize that it's my own damn fault for not having figured this out before Friday at 3 pm, but with the flu making it's rounds, my plans could have fallen through and I'd still be stuck at home anyway.
I did everything in my power to stay sane and productive while keeping Monkey Girl occupied. This meant a LOT of TV time and constantly uttering my mantra of "Say yes to mess; say yes to mess; say yes to mess..." I DID actually manage to get everything high priority done for work today, although it took me twice as long and I totally missed out on connecting with my supervisor because of a diaper change (she had surgery last week and was only going to be available for a very short window). Once my work day ended at 4ish, Billa and I took a walk so that we could get out of the house and I could chill for a bit.
The energy I expended on all of this effort today also meant that the house is now a wreck and I have no energy to clean it, so that means dinner out! Of course, Michael has his firefighter meeting tonight, too, so the house is going to be messy a bit longer, but I am learning to be ok with it for longer periods of time. This does not mean I have lost my touch, just most of my sanity. Sleep deprivation and parenting can do that to you. But given the reason for it all, I certainly wouldn't trade it for anything!
Kelly & Sybilla