I get an email once a week, I don’t even remember from where, but it’s a parenting/about your child thing. Probably through Parents magazine.
First of all, I got one on Monday that was titled “Your 23 month old, week 4″….I was blown away. I mean, I KNOW Ethan’s 2nd birthday is Saturday, but it just put it right there….right in front of my face where there was no escape (I always think about Dori from Find Nemo when I hear, see, or say the word “escape”…really weird, but that’s a completely different tangent all together!). My youngest, my baby, is truly a toddler, no longer a baby. So sad. I know I should take joy in his discovery of the world, all of his newfound skills, and the new stages he enters, but I’m just sad. I know I’ve said it before, but he’s my last and I so wanted to hold onto the baby in him. He adamantly refused me that from the get-go, rolling over at 2 1/2 mos, crawling at 5 1/2 mos, walking at 9 1/2 mos, all his teeth by 12 mos……I hardly remember the time he was in the “slug” phase, it was so short-lived. And now he’s nearly two. Almost makes me want to do it again, but I’m not getting younger, Michael absolutely says no and has been “fixed” for nearly a year, and do I really want four?(in some crazy, lunatic, lost-my-mind way, yes I do!)…….Nuts I tell ya!
The second email arrived today…..how to make time-outs effective. HAH! I laughed out loud at my computer. So I had to read it, of course…When I clicked on it, there was a box within the article about what type of parent are you….Hmmmm….a survey. Ever in doubt of my true capabilities as a mother, I had to complete the 15 question survey. Who wouldn’t? Probably most of you, but I’m a masochist. And I HAD to know…what type of Mommy am I? So I did the survey, which turned out to be pretty painless. Then the results came up. One of the questions had been about working full time or SAHM…I work fulltime (which will hopefully be coming to an end within the next few months) and get pretty stressed sometimes. The article/results actually said to “try to get up 30 minutes before your children awake, have a cup of coffee and a shower uninterrupted”…..Say What? UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!! These people obviously don’t know my kids…..To accomplish this feat, I would probably have to get up at 4:30AM!!!!! Ryley and Grace are regularly trying to crawl into my bed at 4:30 or 5, and all three are generally up for the day by 5:30 or 5:45. It’s positively obscene. I really had to laugh. Were these people for real? I almost emailed them back just to shed some light on reality. Then I just laughed. Uninterrupted showers went by the wayside a LONG time ago, never to return until they leave the house for good. And coffee that isn’t cold only happens when I get it at work. I just sat there, and stared at my computer screen. And then started to laugh.