I've had some one-on-one time with both babies over the past few days. The day of Sweet Potato's flu shot challenge, I had time with just him while we waited out any reactions and we played together in the exam room. There was no brother there trying to get my attention or take the toys he was playing with. It made an unpleasant situation not so bad. That same afternoon, I opted to take the Dynamo with me to run some errands. On our list was a quick visit to Fabulous D's house and a trip to the grocery store which he loves.
Yesterday the twins had their second ever playdate with another set of boy-boy twins. There was no missing afternoon nap for the Dynamo (and he even displayed a nice melt down to prove it), but Sweet Potato would not think of napping while his friends were over and he was in such good spirits, I didn't have the heart to try to take away his fun. (Not to mention, I didn't want to risk him waking the Dynamo after an already rocky start to his nap.) After the playdate ended, and the Dynamo was in a deep sleep, I put Sweet Potato down. The kid slept twice as long as he usually does and right through dinner.
When the Dynamo woke up as Sweet Potato napped, I made him dinner and it was so nice just the two of us. For a minute, I thought this must be what it's like to have just one baby! And we had some nice playtime together after dinner. He went to bed for the night at the usual time and Sweet Potato was up an additional hour since he napped so late. I got to feed him dinner just the two of us while the Dynamo was winding down.
I think time with just mommy for the babies is good for all of us. We haven't really done it since I took them for swim lessons separately earlier this year. It makes it harder for me if they are on different nap times and I don't want to mess with the routine, but this type of occasional schedule change is so worth it.