Tuesday, February 08, 2011

And now your kids are slightly cross...

They are stepping up to a higher level of crossness, and we are being held to account!

Beloved went on a well-deserved couple of nights away staying with a good friend, and the kids were fine, asking a few questions, but generally having a good play with me and behaving. I was a little surprised, as it is the first time mummy had been away for more than a few hours (I know, she needed it!). But then she got home, and with Mitts it was on. "Naww" he grumbled, waving his hand 'away', as she repeatedly tried to bond and catch up, while latching onto my legs and frowning at her.

Harsh. It probably took over an hour for him to soften and let her have a proper hug.

I had a couple of late evenings in a row with work, and it was Bear's first Kinder day, so I called up just before bedtime to ask how her day went, and she wouldn't speak to me. She said something odd like 'Don't do that ever again', and I think she knew I was calling because I couldn't get home in time, and was saying 'that doesn't count'.

I got home and went straight in to check on them and she was still slightly awake, and she squeezed on to my hand then said 'Tomorrow daddy I want you to come home from work early'.


It stayed with me all the next day and I did, indeed, come home early to a wonderful reception.

Work has been relentless and as always the balance between boredom and insanity seems hard to find in a job. I'm glad I'm here, but hoping for change down the track as I get better.

And I'm not looking forward to the reaction, from Mitts in particular, when I return from a week away next month.


Brom said...
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Armagny said...

Brom said- 'I miss this blog. The best bit is getting glimpses of what my life will be like in a few months time. Look forward to catching up some day soon [armagny].'


Thanks man, catching up would be good...

Ann ODyne said...

sorry to read your anguish.
Those cuties have nailed you good on the Guilt Cross.
I could make a long list of the neglected children of famous rich achiever-parents, but you know the names already. Smarter people than we are, fail to solve the situation.

The fools who snipe at PM Gillard (for instance) who would rather she had neglected children and a neglected spouse, than forsake that luxury for a career.
Please do not let this phase stop Mother Armagny from taking her next getaway break. X X X

Elephant's Child said...

Guilt is such a big one. If I knew where my guilt button lurked I would disconnect it. Permanently. Which would probably not make me a better person, but would almost certainly make me a happier one. Thank you for sharing.

Legal Eagle said...

I have been in the same boat too. I went up to Sydney for a conference for two days, and when I got back, Eaglet No. 1 said, "I don't want you to read my bedtime stories any more, I ONLY want Daddy" (so there, traitorous Mummy). Always hard. Good luck with it all.