You guys, this is my last weekend of mat leave. Excuse my while I sob into my son’s favorite stuffed animal again. I know I sound like a broken record and forgive me that it’s only going to get worse this week, but I just can’t believe where the past year has gone.
Liam and I were packed up and on the road bright and early (but not without a Pumpkin Spice Latte first) to Calgary. We arrived around 10:30 to my aunt and uncles house where my parents were also staying. Mom and I had plans to spend the day shopping while Dad hung out with Liam.
We went to Cross Iron, which I had not actually been to since it opened so it was like a brand new mall for me. I was on a mission to buy new clothes for going back to work and had a good chunk of money set aside to do so. It was weird spending so much money on myself, something I never do. I got a lot of great new pieces for my wardrobe despite the fact that I didn’t get the things I had set out to find. I was hoping for red skinny dress pants and sweater dresses. I told myself that if I got a reasonable amount of clothes, I would treat myself to a new purse or shoes. I had found a great pair of Michael Kors brown boots but I couldn’t fit these athletic legs into them. I got one boot done up and the other would only zip partway. Womp womp. Had they been leather instead of synthetic, I could have had them stretched. Instead I bought a pair of loafers. You can’t go wrong with a comfortable pair of sensible shoes at work.
There’s a few local stores I want to check out before I call my ‘back to work shopping complete’ so once I’m totally done I will do a full post sharing my new wardrobe finds.
After shopping we headed out to a nearby Chinese restaurant for a family dinner in honor of my uncle’s birthday. I was nervous for this dinner since it was at 6:30 when Liam usually gets ready for bed. He did fairly well but we still ducked out early and changed him into his jammies for the ride home.
Liam ended up sleeping in until nearly 9:30 after being up an hour and a half past his bed time. If only I wouldn’t have had such a horrible sleep and could have slept in with him, it would have been the most sleep I’ve gotten in the last year or more. Unfortunately that was not the case.
We ended up hanging out at my aunt and uncle’s until Liam’s nap, around 11. This kind of made a mess of my plans as I was suppose to meet up with a good friend for the afternoon before going to dinner with Lindsey, Leigh, Nicole and Alison at 5. But I was predicting by the time Liam was awake, fed, changed and we drove all the way downtown to meet up with my friend, we wouldn’t have much time to visit before needing to drive all the way back. Instead my friend rode the train all the way to the NE end of the city to hang out with us before I drove him back downtown and headed to dinner. Unfortunately Liam wouldn’t nap before we left which I wanted him to so we could get through dinner. He slept for about 20 minutes in the car before we got to Earl’s and was cranky the entire time we were there. I was a little frustrated that I wasn’t able to get in a good visit with the girls and was just plain exhausted from the lack of sleep and the hectic day. We ended up ducking out early and I put Liam into his jammies in the car again so he could sleep all the way back to Red Deer.
I had hoped maybe Liam would sleep in a little again, but no such luck. It was wishful thinking. I woke up Sunday with a very heavy heart knowing it was my last day with Liam before he starts day home. I’m not going to lie, I cried pretty much all morning as we read books together, walked, playing and snuggled. What made it worse was that he was spending the afternoon with his dad so I didn’t even get the full day to enjoy him. I ended up going out to the lake to visit with my aunt and uncle there for the afternoon which provided to be a very lovely distraction. It was windy but still a beautiful day sitting in the sun. I’m glad I took advantage of the opportunity as I’m sure these gorgeous days are numbered. They were even kind enough to feed me dinner again before I had to get home to Liam. I’m not going to lie, there was a lot of hugs and a couple more tears when I finally put him down to bed.
Then I got some good news. I called to confirm things with my day home and see what she needed from me. We had apparently got our wires crossed and she was expecting Liam on Thursday instead of today. It normally wouldn’t have been an issue for me to bring him today anyways, but she had to take today off for an appointment for her son. Luckily for me I have one more day to spend with the little guy and he will start at the day home Tuesday so we have a couple days to get used to the schedule before I start work.
I originally planned to do all of my grocery shopping, errands and some personal shopping today so I’m not sure what the day holds now that Liam and I get to hang out some more. Perhaps it will consist of nothing but kisses and cuddles? Yeah right, like he would stay still long enough.
How was everyone’s weekend?