Life with an Only Child

On Tuesday I met my parents in Rockford, IL to send the four older children home with them for a week. The boys have been beside themselves in anticipation, even wishing it was bedtime so they could go to sleep and be one day closer to the appointed day. Finally, the day arrived.  Dad was working that morning and they weren’t getting to the hotel until late so we left in the morning and headed for the Minneapolis Zoo to burn off some energy before the trip.  It worked perfectly, resulting in all five children simultaneously napping for part of the drive–a very rare occurrence.

The boys were excited for the hotel breakfast (which consists of waffles, sugary oatmeal, and juice) and consumed such a great quantity that the family who manages the hotel marveled at their voracious appetites and rewarded them with Twizzlers. Thus, the trip began with a mass quantity of sugar to break their accustomed Paleo diet.  Sebastian and I kissed them all good-bye and waved as they started out for Kentucky. Then, we got in my parents’ car to start our own drive back and life with one child began. Sebastian slept for the first two hours and it was one of the most quiet rides I can remember. Once he woke up however, he discovered there was no competition for talking and jabbered happily the rest of the trip.

Our days together have been pretty simple. We have gone to the YMCA, been to the grocery, gone skating with Adam, visited the book store. All of these things are so simple with only one. Sebastian has enjoyed the peaceful quiet of the house and took two long naps yesterday. I have been busy painting one of the bedrooms which will become Gabriel and Sebastian’s new room.  We have read stories together and played with trains and Little People toys and danced around the living room. He is practicing all sorts of new sounds and words.

The days pass much more slowly with only one child and I find myself losing track. I confess, I feel a bit like Cinderella, trying to accomplish a great deal before the clock strikes midnight and the noisy, happy, (and sometimes unhappy) chaos of five children fill the house again. But yesterday I realized I still had five more days!

The older boys are having a fantastic time with Mom and Dad. Sebastian is getting his bit of fun too. Today he is accompanying the neighbors to the city parade while Adam and I go to a movie. And Tuesday we are visiting the Children’s Museum in Minneapolis with our dear friend Betsy from Birmingham and our young friends Charlie and Elisabeth. But the rest of the time we will just enjoy the chatter of one and the extra time for cuddling in his wakeful moments and I will accomplish some needed tasks while he rests.


About Wendy McCollum

I am a single mom to five wonderful boys. Life is an adventure, with many twists and turns. We live in hope, always, for our great God can redeem all things. There are so many funny and precious moments that slip by too fast. Perhaps here I can save them for when my own memory fails.
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