Last weekend was my first time being away from Little A for more than a few hours, and my husband’s first time taking care of Alec on his own for such a long stretch. I had no qualms about leaving them though – I knew they would have a fabulous time together. And for the most part, I managed to resist the temptation to set things up for them (I did make sure all the laundry was done so there would be no missing-pj-emergencies, and that the fridge was reasonably well-stocked with both of their favorites, but I didn’t pre-make any meals or similar). What I did do was put together a fun Weekend Survival Kit for my husband, stuffed with goodies that I hoped would make the weekend fly by.
Here’s what I put in it:
- A list of “emergency” numbers (to my cousin Alex who is always up for a spontaneous coffee in the park, my cousin Hamida who has good parenting advice, our friend Nathalie who is on mat leave on Fridays)
- “Recipes” for a few of Alec’s favourite go-to meals (macaroni with veggies and feta, macaroni casserole, tomato soup, quesadillas) – all the ingredients were on hand
- Some meal suggestions for Dad – salad with mango, spinach, avocado, grilled halloumi, mixed beans and honey mustard dressing and a little tip that I had filled the kitchen with some of his favorites (a gooey brie, ice cream, chips)
- A new Astrid Lindgren cd with some of Alec’s favourite tunes
- A new toy that I thought would be exactly right for Alec right now
- A bag of dark chocolate pralines and truffles from our neighborhood sweet shop for Dad. In case of difficult bedtimes, or to celebrate a job well done!
- A parenting book that I really think we should read
- A guide to stockholm by stroller for parents on leave
- A snack catcher – filled with raisins or cheerios, it keeps Alec happy and busy for ages
- A beer