The first thing I plan to do with my week off is to catch up on some sleep - no more late-night feedings, no real reason to be up early and no one around to be jealous of my daytime napping. No scheduled meal times and no need to pack Megan's lunch each day... As liberating as all that seems, being a stay-at-home-dad without the family does make life rather empty.
Of course, taking care of the puppy is now my first priority, but looking after him is quite simple - we're both fairly low maintenance and easily kept occupied. So what else am I going to with all this new free time?
Firstly, I now find myself with so much energy, so it's off to the gym and rugby practice. Secondly, time to prepare something meaty for whenever I'm hungry, and to tee up some mindless action movies and video games. Also on our hit list is moving Ava's stuff into our spare room... A big milestone in her tiny little life, but hopefully one she'll get used to sooner rather than later, and something that will mean more sleep for everyone after my girls return.
So in my newly discovered freedom I'll be doing all I can to keep myself as busy as I can, and not because I resented all the pink that used to adorn the apartment when they were around and needed to reinstate some manliness, but because secretly I miss them both incredibly, and now that Bruce and I are on our own, we have absolutely no idea what to do with ourselves. I never thought that I would feel such an enormous hole in my life without them around, especially for such a short time, so in all honestly I'll probably spend most of my week off just waiting for them to get back.