Bonding with Oma...My mother-in-law will be here on Sunday. She's coming because I'm going to be opening a new restaurant about 60 miles away, so I'll be gone for two weeks, coming home on my days off. She is going to be taking care of Mr. Jackson in my absence and she's thrilled to be getting all of this time with him. She hasn't seen Jack in the flesh since Christmas, but she get's her daily picture via e-mail.
I'm lucky to have a mother-in-law who cares enough about us to come down when opportunities like these present themselves. I like doing new restaurant openings and I'm good at them, and I was going to stop doing them when Jack came along, but Lydia assured me that she would help us in any way she could if an opening came along that I wanted to do. It's good money, lots of hard work, and it's a few weeks away from home. (this I am not looking forward to actually, as I will miss both of my boys terribly, especially Jack!) Oma is coming a week before I leave to get familiarized with Jack and his routine. If you'll remember, she came when Jack was three months old to help us establish a new routine for him...she was incredible and we got lots of sleep! Now she's dealing with a more independent baby, someone who actually knows how to communicate his needs, (in his own ways, but still...) and who sleeps through the night soundly.
He's quite active, as Oma will find out, but she should have a blast with him, with a lot of help from Ken, who has been ordered to take over the night shift so that his mother doesn't get too tired or burned-out. Jack can be a handful, but we're used to it, and she's not.
I have no worries about how things will be while I'm gone, and I'm happy that Oma will have time to bond with her grandson...the light of her life. Like I stated months ago, I hope that people with kids appreciate their in-laws...without my mother-in-law I'd be a basket case at times, but I'm just lucky I guess. My former mother-in-law was a nightmare, so I guess I deserve a good mother-in-law for a change!