For Christmas Emily and I flew over to Maui to spend time with my parents. I had a wonderful time being back home and we did great things like visiting my favorite goat farm, walking along the beach, eating amazing food, shopping. However, the best part of the trip was the company.
It seems strange that in a job like motherhood-at-home where you are literally never apart from your child you could feel so lonely. In the past 16 months there have been very few times when I've actually been alone. Maybe a quick trip to the store here and there, or a short nap. When I'm lucky I get to shower alone. Lately, I've even been able to close the door for a moment while I go to the bathroom and boy is that a luxury! But despite being in constant company of my most favorite person in the whole world I am pretty lonely.
In Maui, when Emily and I got out of bed, my parents were there to share breakfast with and generally chat. For Christmas, after the hustle of present opening, we spent the day simply napping and resting together. Not a lot of talk or purpose. Just being together with my mom and my baby, enjoying Hawaii.
After I got home I went back to routine. Emily and I snuck out of bed, careful not to wake up D since he is on a different sleep/work schedule than Emily. We spent the morning playing and having a leisurely breakfast. D got up later and played with us. Then we went to bed early and D joined us later. It was a special day since D didn't have to go to work, on work days he gets up either later than us or much earlier and we either wake up without him or see him off right before we're planning the afternoon nap. All times between this are me and Emily hanging out. Sometimes we have playdates or excursions. I have clubs and meetings I drag her along too. However, primarily it's just us girls and for some reason I feel super lonely at these times.
It's not because Emily can't talk yet. She babbles, but I don't really need the conversation. I didn't have a lot of it with my mom. What I think I need is more quiet company of people who understand me. Often I hear young girls and mothers say that it's great to have a person who will love them no matter what. I don't get that with Emily. She loves me, that's clear. I love her too - no matter what. But when we spend time together I don't feel she knows me and thinks I'm grand because I am who I am. She thinks I'm grand because I take care of her, feed her, clean her, hug her, work hard to make sure she's comfortable and happy. She also thinks I'm a pain the neck because I do all these things. I'm there for her and that's the way it should be, but it sure is a lonely job.
I fluctuate between desperately needing space - a time to be an adult without Emily or D expecting me to be Mom and Wife to needing no space at all and needing lots of people around me. It's like being on my own island. Water everywhere, not a drop to drink.