Monday, June 2, 2008

Three's Company

I'm experiencing a phenomenon this week that I have experienced only rarely in three and half years -- I have only one child.

Bubba has gone on his annual camping trip with his MeMe (my mom), Papa Jack and his cousin Birdie. He left on Saturday night and will be gone until Thursday. If I know Bubba, he is having the time of his life, eating whatever he wants, swimming, staying up late, and playing with his cousin. He'll return tan as all get out, filthy dirty, exhausted, and full of stories.

So this week it's just me and Mr. Daddy and Punkin. And while we miss Bubba, it's kind of nice. We spent two and half years with just us and Bubba before Punkin came along, but Punkin rarely gets our undivided attention. Welcome to the life of the second child -- you get half as much of everything as the first child. Or at least that's the way it seems sometimes.

Saturday night we went to Outback -- just the three of us. It was entertaining to listen to Punkin's observations, watch her interact with the servers, and generally be the center of attention without having to compete with her brother, who, let's face it, is always talking. A girl can barely get a word in edgewise. Punkin either, for that matter.

So this week it's all about us. Just the three of us. And by the time Bubba comes back, we'll be ready for him. And his stories.

8 comments:

Karen said...

How fun for all of you! I'll bet Punkin is torn between just eating up the attention and missing her brother. But I know what it's like to be down a child (or two, or three).

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

She's going to love that time with just mom & dad. I've wondered about that...if there is ever a 2nd for us. Is that hard?

1blueshi1 said...

enjoy it while it lasts...and if you miss him TOO much, pick either one of mine & I will hurl them across the state line at you! hehehe
can't you just imagine Bookey and Punkin together? "MY Tiara!" "NO! MINE!!!" hehehe

calicobebop said...

Sounds like a great time! I'm sure you'll be "enlightened" by all of her little observations. Can't wait to hear about them!

Leslie said...

Is your house just a teeny bit quieter this week? Mine seems positively silent--even with Little Brother and all his shenanigans. I'll bet Birdie and Bubba are having a great time, but I hope that MeMe took ear plugs! That's two BIG talkers right there.

Fannie Mae said...

Mine loved being "Precious Only" when they were little!

Stephanie said...

Good for you! Sounds like fun. I will have my own phenomenon this weekend when the 3 of us go away on vacation for the first time together!! Thanks for stopping by -you'll love the green bean recipe. I can't wait to make it again myself!!

Colleen said...

(slowly catching up...)

I feel that way, too, about Cooper not getting as much of my undivided attention as Gavin did, especially since I used to be able to work from home on Fridays to be with him. Now I can't be home on Fridays with my baby so I feel like I have even LESS time with Cooper. But once Gavin's old enough, we'll send him packin' to his grandparents so I can get some Coop-time. ;)