Saturday, September 8, 2007

One down, six more to go

So, I made it through day one of Eric's 7 day business trip overseas. He has meetings in Scotland beginning on Monday and ending on Thursday. But, because of the time it takes to travel that far and flight schedules, etc., he had to leave this morning and won't return until late Friday night. I know many of you awesome mommies have had to deal with Daddy being gone many, many times, but this is new territory for me. Eric has had a few shorter trips, two or three days at a time, but never anything this long. I have been dreading this trip for the last month. So, I'm really a little bit relieved that it has finally begun so now I don't have to dread it anymore. Does this make sense to anyone?

So, if you get a chance, say a little prayer for me. I'm most nervous about surviving the evenings without Eric here. I think I've been dealing with some kind of post-partum/hormonal thing because I seem to be very stressed out and edgy lately and by about supper time every day I'm about ready to pop (or burst into tears). I'm really going to miss Daddy's help with supper dishes, the whole bedtime routine, Elizabeth's continued bad dreams, and Gustin's evening fusiness that really had ramped up over the last couple of weeks. Thankfully, tonight went well, though. So, we're off to a good start.

St. Christopher, please pray for Eric and his co-workers. They are in the air over the Altantic right now!


Jill said...

My husband takes several long trips every year for work. So, I'm feeling for you right now! At least you can look back at the end of the time and pat yourself on the back for pulling it all off by yourself. (Well, that's what I do anyway!) Hopefully you can squeeze in some relaxation too. Easier said that done, of course!

Lillian said...

Colleen, I'll keo you in my prayers!! Craig left Thursday morning and won't be back until Wednesday. This is the first time he's ever had to travel over the weekend. The hardest part is over for me.

Now is a good time to tackle a big project. Keep you mind busy. Don't clean up the house. Work on your project (sewing, organizing a closet, etc.) Keep meals simple and use paper plates!!! You shouldn't have to wash dishes while he's gone!

And then the day of his arrival clean up the house (after all that neglect) and make a wonderful supper in honor of his arrival.

That's how I survive!! Email me if you want to chat!

Colleen said...

What a great idea, Lillian! I wouldn't have thought to tackle a big project while he was gone, but I think that's exactly what I'm going to do. I have a quilt that I'm making for Elizabeth that I started over a year ago and I still have a long way to go. It would be nice to actually make some progress on it.

And, isn't it soooo much harder when they are gone over the weekend? I was so glad when we made it through mass without any meltdowns.

Thank you, Lillian and Jill, for your encouraging words and support!