sporadic napping aside) that I knew he would be comfortable having someone else staying with him. Once the baby arrives, it will be a long time before we will have the freedom to be child-free overnight. I wanted to capitalize on the opportunity this fall before we are in the throes of newborn-dom.
Before I had firmed up any plans, Neil's parents offered to fund a weekend getaway as their birthday present to him. His mom even came down to visit so she could watch HP all day and night Saturday while we headed out on our own. Don't worry, I fully appreciate both their generosity and our good fortune.
So on Saturday morning, we got picked up a rental car and headed west into
the Hill Country. The weather was more Oregonian than Texan--unseasonably cool,
cloudy, and drizzling. In a word, perfect. We hiked, we read, we ate, and generally enjoyed breathing in the country air.
Our weekend adventure was the first time we had both left HP for a full day/night. We have each taken trips away from our son, but HP was always with the other parent overnight if the one was gone. Unsurprisingly, HP did great and loved spending time with his grandma. He didn't even ask about us once, which I take to be a good sign.
Now we are back in the city, with no plans to leave in the near (or far) future. We both appreciated the break from the city and the chance to spend an extended amount of parenting-free time together.
A happy birthday indeed.