I've decided to use my furlough week, which starts right now, to go stay with my friend who just had a baby. I've offered to cook, clean, pick up dog poop, do diaper duty, chauffeur the 2-year-old to the playground/library/playgroup, etc., and every other non-fun thing. (Actually, chauffering Aiden to the playground/library/playgroup sounds very fun to me.)
For the next few days, Kristen will have her choice of going to Target with the non-mobile, non-verbal easily slung-child while I make up multiple voices for Play-Doh dinosaurs back at the house, getting tucked into bed with BOTH her little ones while I give Gizmo much needed exercise and tummy rubs, or being allowed to SLEEP like it's her job. I have no delusions that taking care of both kids at the same time will be easy for me, but if we can swing it, I'd love to send her out the door with her husband to go get a cup of coffee at some point before I leave.
I plan to follow all the rules, enforce bedtimes and naptimes, not argue about watering down juice or any other Very Important Parent Policies That Exist for a REASON, wash my hands more often than Howard Hughes, and retreat to the finished basement to give them privacy as a new family from time to time.
If my mama-readers have any suggestions about things you wish your post-partum baby-helpers would done, aside from tucking you into bed to get to know your new kid and letting you sleep like its your job, speak up now in the comments while I'm packing. I've never been more excited to get barfed on! And yes, there will be pictures.