Over President’s Day Weekend, Mac, Mabel, and I headed down to Delaware for a weekend with Mac’s parents. They live in North Carolina, so Delaware is a good halfway point.
While it was chilly, it was remarkably warm for February. We were able to visit the Indian River Lifesaving Station, fly a kite on the beach, eat lots of seafood, do some outlet shopping, and generally enjoy spending time with my in laws. Another perk- a friend of mine from high school and her husband drove up to their family’s beach house in Lewes for the weekend and both couples were able to leave kids with grandparents and go out to dinner! A lovely restaurant, adult conversation, and an evening of board games. What more could I ask for?!
Well, I could have asked that Mabel not get sick. She started running a fever on Sunday morning. So, we spent Sunday mostly in the hotel. Thankfully Saturday had been a really full and fun outside day. Sunday Mabel and I took a dip in the pool (a great fever reducer), then Mac and I wrestled some children’s Tylenol down Mabel’s throat, and while she was down for a nap, left her in the capable hands of Gramma and Grampa to hit the outlets for a little while. We returned before she woke from the nap- so she was none the wiser and I was none the guiltier for leaving my sick toddler. It wasn’t too bad, and as long as we kept her on the Tylenol, she was none the worse for wear, really.
In all honesty, a part of me was grateful that if she was going to get sick, it was on a day that I was around. I miss so much- even comforting my sick kid- because of work. Having Mac as the stay at home parent, as capable, kind, and loving as myself (and infinitely more patient than I am), means that there really isn’t a NEED for me to stay home when Mabel is sick. Mac handles it all, takes it all in stride. I’m left to go to work and save my PTO (paid time off) for better days. A part of me feels guilty about never being the one taking her to the doctor. Just last night, as she watched the goldfish screen saver on my computer she said, to the ‘baby’ goldfish, “Mommy’s at work. It’s just you and daddy.” (Cue knife to my heart). So, on that chilly Sunday in February, in that hotel in Delaware, I was happy to stay in with my sick little girl.
While this wasn’t our first trip to Delaware, we went down back in August to stay with the aforementioned friends for the weekend (I wrote about it here), it was the first time we met my in laws there. It worked out really well (even with Mabel’s fever), and we plan to do it again in the future- saving either party from having to make the 12 hour drive.