I have also resisted having my in-laws take her for the day—despite how impossible it is to get a goddamn thing done with a two-year-old attached to your leg—because I have been neurotic about her sleep schedule and I am a control freak and also I was pretty sure Iwould experience separation anxiety. Not her. Me.
But this past week, I finally allowed it to happen. Em's grandparents came over in the afternoon, after she had taken her nap, and whisked her away for the next four hours.
And once she was out of the house, out of the driveway, out of sight, I was not as distraught as I had expected.
When we bought our house, there was no backyard. We've since bought more land behind our house, and landscapers are preparing it for Em's new swing set and sandbox. But at the moment, it's a giant dirt pit.
What Nana and Papa's Backyard Looks Like
Whereas our sandbox is not yet set up, Em's grandparents already have one out that she can play with, filled to the brim with toys. They also have an in-ground swimming pool with a plethora of floating devices, purchased just for Em, and an expansive lawn littered with balls and play houses and anything else she could possibly want.