Adventures in Solo Parenting

August 4th, 2009 by Ruth Leave a reply »

Some friends of ours are getting married later this month, and this weekend both the Stag and Hen “do”s were arranged. John was invited to the Stag, and I was invited to the Hen. This gave us the inevitable logistical problem of arranging to both be out in the evening and making sure there was someone to look after Catherine.

We have some very good friends who live about 15 minutes away from the venue for the Hen do. They have two little boys, aged 6 and 3, and are one set of Catherine’s guideparents. They very kindly offered to allow Catherine and me to stay with them – I could settle Catherine to bed there, and then head out to the Hen do.

Things were complicated slightly by the fact our friends were in Portugal last week, and only due to land back home at midday yesterday. When I couldn’t get hold of them by 4pm I started to worry, and I thought everything was going to fall through. Thankfully they called me about 15 minutes later – their plane had been delayed and they’d only just landed. They were insistent that it was still fine for Catherine and me to stay, so we both set out. We stopped in at our local supermarket to pick up a few things for our hosts (having just got back from Portugal I thought it was only polite to turn up with some milk, bread and other necessities for them).

I’m pleased to report that everything ran smoothly. We arrived, and Catherine sat quietly with the boys watching television whilst tea was cooked. I managed to assemble the travel cot on my own, and got everything ready. The three kids all had tea together, and then it was bedtime. By this time it was a little later than Catherine’s usual bedtime, and she was very tired. She went to bed and to sleep without a murmur. This enabled me to get out and have a fun time at the Hen do without worrying about anything.

What a long way we’ve come from the first few months of her life, when I didn’t want to be left alone with her at all!

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