We usually stay away from this for a few reasons.
However, this is not fair to anyone. Michael and I occasionally need a break to invest in our marriage. We need to have fun as a couple and not just as a family. We deserve a break from the burden of parenting. Every couple does. Although, I am not sure many parents ever induldge (diabetes or not). My in-laws and mom deserve to relate to their grandkids on their own terms. Without my habits and rules. The kids also deserve a break from my oversight. They need to learn and grow from their relationship with their grandparents. It is a gift that we shouldn’t keep from them.
So, last weekend, we did a good thing in having the kids spend the night with my in-laws. Yes, my mother-in-law woke up three times in the middle of the night to check Rocco and was tired the next day. But it was worth it for everyone!
As for Michael and I, we laughed, we ate, we talked about the future and we slept! Until 11am the next morning!
When we arrived to pick up the boys, they and my in-laws were painting with watercolors! They were being so creative! I looked over and saw a puzzle that they had completed. Then I saw that the checkers and backgammon games were out. Rocco showed me that he learned to play a few notes on his uncle's left-over trombone. They were having old-fashioned, unplugged fun!
We all agreed that we should do this more often. I just need to remember the value of this for all of us and let go of the fear!