Same boat, etc.

I wrote yesterday’s post in the most horrible circumstances.

We had arranged to meet up with Dutch friends with kids the same age as ours (under 3 and under 1). The location would be some kind of camping farm, or whatever.

When we arrived yesterday evening, I brought the kids to bed, and this turned into a horrible, HORRIBLE event. I am not sure if it was the excitement or something else. First, my son was alright, at least quiet, and my daughter was difficult. Waking up three times, before finally sleeping sound at 9.30. By that time I was agitated, to say the least. My son used the opportunity to now start messing with me. With an ice cold stare at me, he started various annoying behaviors, all leading to a ‘I want to sleep elsewhere’ message. He was using everything he could to stay awake. It took me a good angry rage, a count to ten, and then some calm, made-up bedtime stories. By 11 he was finally asleep. I was dead. I had not even seen our friends. I wrote my blog in short bits and pieces throughout, whenever I thought or hoped that the kids were asleep.

This morning, we had breakfast outside. I had a good sleep, but the sleep deprivation of the past months have taken their toll. I was still a wreck, but some coffees would probably fix it. About ten minutes later, our friend walks by, with the kids. He just returned from the bakery. He looked tired. Then he explained to me what their evening had looked like. The timing, the rage, even some of the things that he had said (we’re packing up and leaving), were all similar. Their kids had been horrible monsters too.

Suddenly we all felt better. Same boat, etc. As if the kids noticed that we were stronger in solidarity, they behaved like angels the rest of today. The two older kids played all day on bikes, carts and trampolines. The parents just had coffee after coffee after coffee. But weade it through. We survived. The kids were absolutely destroyed. My son only had to touch his pillow, and gone he was. I don’t even know what to do with this free evening…

Maybe I’ll just grab a beer and enjoy the evening air. Cheers!

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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