Today is November 5, 2012. I have had this week on my calendar for nearly seven months. Since before I went on maternity leave. Tomorrow marks the first non-Nana-assisted overnight business trip for me. I am headed to Peoria, IL for the night. And because you all know I love a good list, and because I know you all love to ready my lists, here's the list of reasons that I am having so many mixed-emotions about this trip:
1. Bryan goes to what we call "school" every day. And really "school" is just a nice way to say "daycare/petri dish."
2. Bryan is fighting something and is FULL of buggers, the non-medical term for nasal mucus, and his cough is worse than usual. And he's been up a couple times the last two nights. I am hoping he's just teething, but based on how I feel, I don't think we will be that lucky.
3. I am pretty sure I can guess what Bry's coming down with in that what he gets, I get. And my throat hurts, my nose is runny and my ear is stuffy.
4. Chris has only gotten up with Bryan at night once, and that was back in April and he only lasted in the room long enough to say, "Jenna, come help me or I am going to break something." He didn't mean the baby, of course. But let's just say that because there are no rules, he finds parenting to be quite difficult at times. Just ask my mom about the game at Christmas and how Chris had to quit because the rules were too vague.
5. I have to fly American Airlines into Bloomington, IL. There is a sub-list in that statement for why THAT's a problem, so I will sum it up with this: McFarlane luck + Airline in bankruptcy = delayed and cancelled flight guarantees.
6. I get a night to myself. No cooking, no cleaning, no diapers, no toys to trip over, no dogs to let out and feed. But in return I get no fish face, no splish-splash, no feedings, no singing, no reading, no rocking, and no goodnight kisses. That sucks.
7. The ways in which this will be good for Chris are almost infinite. Not only will he better appreciate what I do every day, but it will also be a critical bonding experience for my boys. Bryan spends the mornings (after I have done all the no-fun stuff) with his Daddy. But the evenings of feedings, baths, books and bedtime are where the real bonding happens. And now Chris will get to feel how incredible it is when Nuggs looks up at you and touches your face, which I am convinced is his way of saying "thanks, Momma. I love you."
8. If Nuggs gets sicker while I am gone, I have no idea how Chris will handle it. What if school calls tomorrow or Wednesday and says Bry has a fever and Chris has to go get him? They are both screwed if that happens.
9. The idea of this business trip makes me think I need to look for a job that doesn't require any business travel.
10. A job in an office requires a commute, a new wardrobe, more money spent on gas, more time spent away from home and my family, significantly less flexibility, office gossip, and a second petri dish to bring into the house. This goes into the category of SO NOT WORTH IT.