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Friday, January 8, 2010

Don't Walk Without Me.

H and I are enjoying the lull of the day. E's snoozing away in her crib. We're playing play doh while simultaneously baking pumpkin bread. Dinner's in the crock pot. The house is tidy. Laundry going. M will be getting off the bus in the next little while and then T. My dad's joining us for dinner.

It's a good day.

I'm getting packed up and ready to go to my first blogging conference/retreat in Oregon, Wi. Looking forward to meeting twenty-eight other Midwest bloggers.

I have to admit, though I think I'm pretty extroverted these things kind of make me anxious and sometimes, it's hard for me to meet new people.

This is also my very first time away from E. Now, I'm not nervous about J and all four kids or how that's going to go down. Sure, H might wear the same Batman shirt the entire time I'm gone and the others might also pull off the ragamuffin look (which I mean in the best possible way) but J's a great dad and can pretty much handle anything. Most likely better than I do at times. Plus, he always remembers how much I love coming home to a clean house. Was that too direct of a hint?

But what I am nervous about is E and her walking. I have spent every single day with her since she was born 13 months ago, not missing a single milestone, both mundane and monumental. And now I will be gone less than 48 hours and I fear that when I return she will be walking. I can't imagine her walking without me. Those first walking steps alone.

She is so stinking close. Last night, at 10:30pm, when J and I were hanging out with E, who was boycotting sleep for what we thought was an ear infection, I told him my fear that she would take her first steps and I'd miss it.

"I'd be crushed!" I told him. "Can't you just knock her down, hold her, anything to not let her walk without me?"

So we spent 15 minutes having her walk between the two of us thinking maybe she'd let go of one of our fingers and just do it and I wouldn't miss it, but she didn't.

So while I'm away I won't be worrying about what my kids eat, drink, how much sleep they're getting or even if they're having fun. J (and babysitter Rachel who will be here part of Saturday) will ensure all these things and more. But I do worry about E and those first beautiful steps she's about to embark on. No walking allowed is the one rule I care about the most this weekend.

Is it wrong to request my family to keep her crawling while I'm away? Just a little tap and she'll be back on her bottom if she happens to stand up? Whatever you do, do not let her walk without me!


Please don't walk without me, E, it's really not allowed. At least until I get back.
I can't stand the thought of missing it so won't you just wait for me?


Anonymous Dadioz said...

Fret not.You need not worry.I think E will walk tonight for me or wait til you get back.

Love to all

January 8, 2010 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

And if... and big IF she starts walking this weekend... Tell J not to tell you... ?

January 8, 2010 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Aw! I was just thinking today how much I'm going to miss my 17 month old daughter. It will be nice not to have to chase a toddler all weekend, but I will still miss her. She's my Sweet Pea...and I would hate to miss some big milestone too, like hearing her REALLY start to talk. Here's hoping your little sweetie walks tonight or waits until you return. Looking forward to meeting you!

January 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little sweet E will wait for mommy.. Like you said she has been with you for the last 13 months. She wouldn't dare walk without her mommy there....
Hopefully tonight she will? if not tell everyone they have to carry her all weekend until you get back.. ha-ha.. Just a thought !!
Have a fabulous time.
I Love You All
Auntie Laurie

January 8, 2010 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Corinne said...

She'll wait :)
Have a wonderful time!

January 8, 2010 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger The Lindahl News said...

Why not have J put real sticky tape on the bottom of her shoes and/or feet so that she will have one heck of a hard time lifting her feet off the ground?

Enjoy your bloggers conference!

January 8, 2010 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

AWWWW! Here's keeping my fingers crossed that she'll just stay on all fours for you!

January 8, 2010 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

You're daughter was the first to see me in MN. : ) Long Story Short: I went to surprise Rachel to pass some time to surprise my mom and E saw me in the window!
I'm hoping for you, that she doesn't take a single step! I also hope the confrence was fun!

January 9, 2010 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger jen said...

so glad she didn't walk while you were gone!
what a good girl ... loves her mama.

January 10, 2010 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger darcie said...

isn't it funny what becomes important to us when we have our own kids? like who cares if they wear the same batman shirt all weekend?
I remember once when I got to daycare to pick up my first born and one of the older kids said 'She walked today!' - I thought I'd die...Our provider then told me she was walking around furniture or some dumb thing-I know she was lying and trying to spare my feelings - She knew better than to tell me - her 5 year old son didn't!
Glad you had fun at Cupcake - looking forward to sporting hair nets together next week!

January 11, 2010 at 7:55 AM  

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