Once again Daddy had to leave the nest and fly out of town for the week. Leaving his two girls to the house and dogs.

My husband seems to have had his bag packed since January – going out of town frequently. Which, we are so thankful for his opportunity but it doesn’t ever make it easy! He’s such an enormous help around the house and with our daughter... It’s always too long before he comes home.

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His first out of town trip this year was to Puerto Rico for two weeks. 14 days. Longest two weeks of MY LIFE. Longer than the last two weeks of high school. And to top the agonizing absence, both of his girls were laid up in bed, sick. The entire time. Oh it was a huge learning experience, to say the least. This time, however, he was only gone for 5 days. OK, 5 days may not seem like a long time to some but for us... It's forever. Skype helps. But to be honest, it makes me miss him even more. So, really, I’d prefer if we didn’t Skype at all. Both baby and Mommy stayed healthy while he was gone, oh so thankfully. But I feel like the day-to-day upkeep of our daughter seems more daunting? I don’t get the “mini break” when he gets home from work. I am full time, 24/7, no breaks, on full alert Mommy duty.

However, there are moments when he is gone when I get to soak in some real quality mom-daughter time. I have no prior engagements or commitments so we can sit in her room and play for 2 hours or like one day this week, we packed up her wagon and headed to the canyon. It was that perfect, gorgeously, 70-degree, beaming sunny day. It was absolutely the best day to get out of the house and be with my little girl. I hiked around the trails, pulling her in her Red Flyer. It couldn’t have been better.

I have to say, parents who bring up their children solo are a force to be reckoned with. It is challenging even with a spouse out of town. It’s nerve racking, at best. I can’t compare it too much because my husband always returns home, but there is something to be said about taking care of your child without the extra two hands. I really appreciate having those extra two hands.

Although I had some wonderful moments with my princess, now I am so glad these 5 days are over and we are spending the evening all cuddling in our bed, watching a movie and eating popcorn. Can’t have the sweet without the sour.