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Can I Start Today Over? NO?! Seriously…
Oh boy, this morning is one of those days I wish I could just start over. Nothing hugely horrible has happened or anything, really just the chaos of life with three little ones.
I should have known what kind of day I was going to have when my youngest (E, 13 mo old) woke me up at 5am crying. She sleeps in our room, on a mattress on the floor and she crawled onto my bed. She had her immunizations on Tuesday so I am assuming she was still uncomfortable from those. She wanted to nurse, so she latched on. We are very comfortable with the lying down and nursing thing so I just fell asleep. Three hours later I wake up and she is still breastfeeding. Clue #1 this is going to be a frustrating morning – headache from dehydration due to excessively long breastfeeding session.
When my other 2 children woke up and came into my room to get me out of bed, I was given my second clue for what was about to come. My oldest is 4 and he is, how do I put this politely?, um ‘particular’. He likes to have things the way he wants them and this morning he had it in his mind that he did not have to wear underwear today … or pants. Clue #2 – a ridiculously long conversation about why you need to wear underwear with my overtired son.
When that conversation was over and my son was finally dressed, I come downstairs to find the dining room littered with tiny, white marshmallows. Seriously. Marshmallows. Clue #3. Apparently my cats thought it would a fun treat to scratch through the bag I had left on the table and try to eat them. When my 2 older kids saw this – everything hit the fan. I bought them those marshmallows as a treat yesterday at the store. We don’t get them often at all and they were looking forward to them. So, now I had to deal with the meltdown of my 4 year old and 3 year old and clean up the bag of marshmallows on the floor (only to find cat puke in there too, of course).
All of this and it’s not even 11am yet. I still have the rest of the day to look forward to. I would love it if I could start the day over. I am already counting down the hours to when my husband gets home (8 hours 12 minutes and counting) and I can have a glass of wine.
Mommies/Daddies/Parents – when your day starts off looking quite grim and you know (as much as you wish you could) that you can not literally start the day over, how do you turn it around and make the most of the day? What is your trick?
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