I headed off to work today, leaving Z in charge of the kids without me for the first time. I told her to call or text with any problems. I checked my phone a lot. Nothing.
I got home a bit late (grr, traffic) and found everyone in the living room, listening to a book on tape. My arrival home was a total nonevent for M&R. Good sign. Z was all smiles. It seems that everyone had a great day. We had a nice dinner together, I solved a "problem" with the dryer (you have to hold the button in to get it to start; a quick push is not enough), and sweet Maddie was begging to go to bed at 7 p.m. I heard Maddie and Riley speaking more Spanish tonight than I have in a long time, and Z reports that they used quite a bit of Spanish with her today, which seems to have helped them all.
I gave Z a little gift tonight in honor of a successful first day: two chocolate bars and a compact, folding polka-dot umbrella. She'll need both in the days ahead. Today gives me the sense that we're all where we're supposed to be.