Ray and I went out tonight without the kids. We have a new babysitter; tonight was her second time coming here. Xander puts up quite a fuss about having a sitter (heaven forbid you use the term baby with it...he is NOT a baby, thank you!), but by the time we left, he was already in the don't-let-the-door-hit-you-on-the-way-out mode. Quite likely because he was flirting up a storm with her. Too funny. He's 3.5 and she is 14! Apparently it starts young.
We needed the time away. It's been a little while and we are both wiped. We didn't do much: a quick dinner and a jaunt around Best Buy to see what videos are out (knowing we don't have much time to watch anyway). It was fun. Best of all, it seems to have quenched some of my "run away, run AWAY!!!" feelings from today.
It was a hard day. Xander has always been a handful. He does not play by the rules from "the books" (you know, the parenting books say things like to give them a choice between X and Y and this will help them to feel like they have control over their lives...Xander chooses C in that context every SINGLE time). It's hard not to burn out when each and every moment is a battle of some kind. Today I wanted to just run away from it.
So we got a babysitter and went out for a couple of hours. It's a good thing.
As an added bonus, we came home to a sleeping Xander. So that was one battle we did not have to fight. He was sound asleep! Liam, on the other hand, was awake and wanted to hang out. I finally got him down too though.
I'm off to bed myself in a moment.