Yesterday we packed of diplo-baby and the nanny for an earlier departure chez the grand-parents, where we’ll head up ourselves on Friday. I’m not going to lie, it’s tough not having her around. So why did we do it?
Well…first of all, we both have to work until the end of the week. Those last hours with DB at the end of the day are so important to me…but having a few extra days would be even more important to the grandparents, who don’t see her nearly as much as they would like to. Second, it’s important for DB herself to learn to be in different environments – I’m convinced that it will make her independent in the long run so it’s healthy to havea little separation. It’s just three nights. And finally, it gave the diplo-husband and I a bit of time back before, almost to life before diapers and bedtimes…Almost a bit like a staycation, but with a different flair.
So after we dropped them off at the train station, and after I got done saying good bye 42 times and after the red cap basically physically removed me from the train, and after I got done whimpering about I surprised DH…here’s how it went.
Step 1: Safely place child and nanny on train to grandparents (if this isn’t possible for you, this works just as well if you just get a babysitter for the evening).
Step 2: Surpise husband – we went for the Bliss Spa at the W Hotel since basically, it’s one of the only spas that’s open late – until 9pm to be precise. We headed over after the station (and after a quick snack), enjoyed some eucalyptus steam showers before individual massages.
Step 3: Enjoy a later dinner and bubbly – preferably something classic. We just ended heading upstairs to the rooftop bar (formerly the Hotel Washington) and watch the combination of flights landing at National, the White House rooftop, and assorted kooky hotel guests.
Step 4: Enjoy the quietness of coming home – we changed and for the first time in a long time, I got to read before going to bed.
Step 5: Sleep 9 hours. It doesn’t get any better than that – I felt like a new person today.
So now we just have to figure out how we’re going to make Wednesday and Thursday nights great too…good start so far though.