Still, today was a nice send-off day. The boys let us sleep past 8, which almost made up for the hours awake in the middle of the night. Younger Bro was particularly cute at 2:30am, playing with his toes after originally falling asleep in my arms. We spent the morning playing around the house.
At lunchtime, we all got a little antsy and went downtown for a walk. We went to Dunkin Donuts for some coffee, then spent some time walking in the sunny, brisk weather. The Boy fell asleep during the walk, and we successfully transitioned him to Grandma when we got home. YB, meanwhile, fell asleep on the floor when we got home, allowing Mommy and me to do some necessary unpacking and rearranging.
The boys woke up and did some good playing with all of us. The Wife and I went out to dinner, using a gift card given by a friend. It was nice to talk about other stuff rather than the move and how our life sucks! I'm glad we went, because I had kind of forgotten to eat most of the day.
When I got home, I got some quality Boy time. We wrassled for a solid hour! It was nice playing with him as if he was a normal 2-year old! He'd tackle me, and I'd fall over. Then, I'd tickle him helpless, and we'd both laugh hysterically. Repeat. Many times. He was hooting and hollering the whole time! There's nothing quite like a happy toddler for making noise.
Bedtime was a bit
of a disaster tonight, as the boys did their tag-team crying thing. Menta note: moving AND changing sleeping arrangements is not smart. One at a time, folks! Still, it was a great night.
I know this month will be hard. There's a lot of work to be done, and it's impossibly difficult to imagine being away from him for so long! He needs me; I need him more. We'll web chat, but it isn't the same.
I also know we're doing the right thing. The hardest lesson to learn has been the necessity of large amounts of man power, which we simply don't have in NJ. That doesn't make this physically easier, but it does make it somewhat emotionally easier. I just hope my sons and my wife remember me when I get back!
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