Sweet sounds of Motherhood

I've heard that sometimes people who lose a limb have phantom pains in said limb. So it is with my children being gone. They have taken a week off of Camp Mama (a term I have stolen from the lovely Gretchen at Second Blooming), and gone to Camp Grandma for the week. And yet, this morning as I slept in, I woke up to the sounds of my girls. Could have sworn I heard them. Nope.

Sometimes they prepare me for their absence by being rotten and cranky. This time they were all sweetness. "I'm really going to miss you, Mama!" Plus hugs. So many hugs. A hug for me, a hug for the baby. Three times each. *sniff*

No doubt they are very busy this week, playing in the hose and eating pancakes with whipped cream and sprinkles for every meal, and getting conned by Grandma into some sort of actual hairstyle.

Yesterday the silence was a little unnerving for me. So. Very. Quiet. Today I'm getting more acclimated. Enjoying listening to some music while working, since I don't have to listen for fighting downstairs in the playroom. Not watching the clock. If I am hungry, I eat. There is no one to pick up anywhere. I got out of bed when I felt good and ready. I've done some laundry, but it's not accumulating like usual. Same with the dishwasher.

It's a lovely break for all of us. But come Friday, I'll be itching to see them. And I'm sure I will get to hear "NO FAIR" in the first 20 minutes. The sweet sounds of motherhood...


Libby Design said...

I know what you mean!! :) As much as I'm looking forward to our 10-year anniversary trip this summer, I know I'll find myself laying on the beach wondering what the kids are up to and thinking about how much I can't wait to get home and hear their voices. Hope you have a productive week and enjoy a little downtime before baby #3 comes!!

gretchen said...

Oooo, thanks for the shout out! You can borrow phrases all you want!

That must be the oddest feeling. Jude has never been anywhere without me, well, except for a one night sleepover. Jimmy and I have been away without him, but it seems like being home with the kids gone must be so...disconcerting.