Hippie Niece called up in tears asking if R could repeat what he did last year, that is come down and be there with the twins when they woke, change their nappies, feed them and dress them. She had to leave for work with her step father at 4.30am and be back by 9am. Ex Sis in Law is away. Their uncle, Fire Fighting Nephew, had done the job for a couple of mornings and their grandpa, Tradie Brother, had done the job a couple of mornings but they were simply unavailable. R could come down the night before, if he liked, or early in the morning.
I had a medical appointment the day she rang. Unknown to me beforehand, I ended with a sore and swollen hand after a skin biopsy, so I am off work and I offered to go with him. We decided to go early in the morning so we were up before 3 and off for the over one hour long drive. We stopped for petrol and coffee on the way. Quite surreal at the service station where the bowser had to be turned on from the inside by the staff member, and the doors to enter to pay remotely opened.
A five minute chat with them and they were off to work. R dozed and snored along with their dog. I couldn't doze off. The twins woke at about 7 and instead of tearing around the house and crying for their mummy, they were happy and laughing and remained that way. After cleaning them up, dressing them, some cereal and toast, we took them out for a walk and they were truly like angels. The had a play in the garden, pulling out grass and denuding a pot plant of some leaves and then watched some children's tv. But as soon as Hippie Niece turned up, late at 10am, they became sooky and clingy to her. Quite interesting.
We took our leave as she took them to creche and went back to work. Are we whacked after such an early start? We are, although R who can sleep anywhere anytime is ok now. I feel like my eyes are hanging out of my head. Early night for me and a good long sleep.