Sunday, October 21, 2007

Uggg. I thought I was doing ok.

I am one of those Moms who hates to have her kids looking uncared for or sloppy (I can however spend all day in running clothes). I remember very smuggly watching the other kids in preschool with unkempt clothing, dirty fingernails, messy hair and feeling very relieved that my kids were pretty clean/kept up. The other morning I took my sweet 10 month old baby out of her crib, nursed her, loved on her, and got ready to change a diaper. I did not put her to bed the night before- my older kids and husband did. I gently tugged her sweet little toes out of her sleeper and kissed her right foot and made a big deal out of the toes. I went for the left foot and as I started to kiss the tiny feet- I saw large green slash marks of magic marker on my poor baby's feet. She had grafitti on her feet. She was far from pristine, but boy was she happy as she is every morning. Reality check. I just cannot do it all and was I ever wrong to ever be smug. A good friend once told me we probably would not make it as friends since my firstborn was her 3d child's age and I was oh too uptight :) Green magic marker on my baby. I've sunk to a new level. Nobody admitted to coloring on the poor thing.

3 comments:

Amy said...

So true. When I had my second son (first one was 4.5) I would say things like "take those stickers off the baby" and think "dear god, what have we come to??"

channelmarker said...

Sooo funny! Now that I have four I am sooo much more at ease. The first one: No sugar, candy, caffeine, only water at night, teeth brushed religiously twice a day with the eruption of the first ( by the way, he ended up with two root canals by age 5).....I could go ON AND ON... but now my sweet little #4 is here and well, I just don't worry so much. #3 loves his "coffee" which is milk with vanilla flavoring. This started with running group stopping at Starbucks post run and he'd get the kid's vanilla steamer. Now I make them myself (much cheaper). People look at me strange when he asks me for coffee though. I tell them that by the time they have four they'll ask the kid if they want a smoke with their coffee!! Obviously, I am only joking!! I can joke like that now, with #1....NO WAY!!

GoShellyGo said...

Oh, I'm sorry but I'm really laughing here. Such a perfect story!! There goes the Hallmark moment with mother and child cuddling...I can only imagine your horror! Of course, it always could be worse...