Several weeks ago Kaky and GDaddy offered to come up and watch Morgan Kate while Travis and I went to dinner. They have actually offered several times and each time we have very politely said, "No thank you". Tonight was different. Morgan Kate had had an awesome week, was oxygen free, and we decided to take them up on the offer.
It was very strange "getting ready" this afternoon. I had no clue what to wear, as I haven't been shopping since before I was pregnant. (Remember that would be last year this time, so my clothes are a little out of date.) I put on several different outfits before deciding that my jeans and a nice shirt would work.
Before leaving I made sure everything was out and accessible. You don't realize how much babies require until you have to think about telling someone else their routine/schedule. I got the oxygen tank and cannula ready, just in case. I showed Mom where MK's bottles were and how to record how much she ate. (Yes, we write down how much we feed her each time in order to keep track of how many calories she takes in a day. I created a very nice chart that holds all of this info. My 4th grade team at LMES would be very impressed.) I told Mom and Dad about all the little alarms and tricks that go along with the monitors. I also made sure that I had my cell and that Travis had his.
I wasn't nervous about leaving Morgan Kate. My goodness, my parents have had and raised three children. And besides, they do happen to be the best parents. My mom has been with Morgan Kate plenty of times and she knows all the "ins and outs". While I wasn't nervous, I was a little emotional. I mean since December 9th, the day we brought her home, I have been with her 24/7. I was a little teary-eyed as we walked out and as we drove out of the neighborhood, but then I began to settle down. I mean we were only going for a few hours, not days. We were gone for about three hours, but by that time I was ready for some of MK's loving and kissin' on those cheeks.
Travis and I had a super time. We ate great food, had awesome conversation and just enjoyed each other's company. I think the best part for me was just sitting in the front of the truck with my hubby. I have been riding in the back with MK and it's a very different view back there. We also stopped at Krispy Kreme on the way home and got a dozen doughnuts. Yummy! I only called home once and that was right after her feeding time. I just wanted to make sure everything went smoothly and it did.
I will admit, our "date" post-baby was very different than our dates pre-baby. One, of course we enjoyed each other's company, but we talked a lot about Morgan Kate and of course we called to check in on her. Two, we left for dinner around 5ish and were home by 8. In the old days we would still be at home around 8:00 making plans for our night out. Three, pre-baby we would have stayed out half the night. Tonight we were ready to come home. It was different, but in such a good way.
Before my parents left tonight I tried to book them for a few more Friday nights. I told Kaky that tonight was such a treat for us, but she claims that she's the one who had a treat.
Tonight will be Morgan Kate's second night without oxygen and she has done great. It still makes me a little nervous, but she seems to like it just fine.
Below you will find Valentine outfit #1:
Be sure to tune in tomorrow night, I plan to post a new slideshow.