Some mornings…

Posted on | July 28, 2011 | 9 Comments

This was not my finest morning.

Around 4:00 am, J woke up begging for “More night night bottle.”  I tried to ignore him for as long as possible because usually he drifts back to sleep without incident.  Not so this morning.  Finally, close to 5:30, he managed to get back to sleep so needless to say the 6:30 wake up time didn’t go over so well with either of us.  Around 7:20 I was wide-eyed awake and managed to get him up as well.  Luckily I had taken a shower last night so I figured it would be a quick turn around to get out the door.

Erroneous.

I picked J up from the bed and took him with me to take the dog outside.  It wasn’t until we got back inside and I put him down that I realized his diaper was overful and he had been happily peeing all over me as we walked around outside. My shirt was soaked and there was no way I was going to work smelling like my kid’s piss.  I changed his diaper, threw in a movie, and jumped in the shower to wash it all off.  It’s pretty much rote for me in the shower, especially when I’m tired, so without thinking, I doused my hair under the spray first.

Well crap.

Might as well wash it at that point.

I rushed through the rest of the drill then hauled it into my work clothes and slapped on make up before starting to dry my hair.  Inexplicably, I managed to slam myself in the face with my hair dryer, right on the top of my nose.  Slap on more make up to cover the quickly spreading bruise.

Around five after 8 we were on our way to school.  Phew.  I would be a bit late, but no big deal. I called our receptionist to give her the heads up that I was running about 10 minutes behind, and we pulled into the school parking lot, just as another parent pulled their child out of their carseat.

In their swim suit.

Cue. Obscenities.

It’s freaking water day.

I take J inside and apologize to his teachers.  I call work and tell them I’m now going to be about 30 minutes late as I have to go home and get all of J’s swim stuff.

I drove back to the house, ran inside, and discovered….

The bathing suit was in the washing machine.

It was clean… it was just soaking wet.

So I got to spend the next ten minutes hand drying not just the bathing suit but the rash guard… by hand… with a hair dryer.

By the time I got back in the car to head back to the daycare, I should have been annoyed.  I mean, let’s face it, it was not the best morning, right?  But when I pulled up to daycare and jumped out of the car, I found myself in a line of parents, two fathers and three mothers including me.  We were all walking into the facility with towels and bathing suits.  And none of us had children with us.

I started to laugh.

One of the mothers turned around with a tired look.  She saw my stack and, as if only now realizing the rest of the crowd, looked around with a smile growing on her face.  She smiled at me and waved with her free hand. And then one of the fathers, dressed in his best suit with his newly shined shoes, threw up his hands and shrugged.

What can you do.

Some days? You’re just not on your game.  

And the old me would have found a reason to complain and whine and throw an all out pity party for how dammed unfair it was that I was doing all of this by myself and waah waah waah.  But the new me?

The new me finds this morning pretty hilarious.

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  • http://planbeach.wordpress.com/ beachmum

    Kudos for finding the humour in it, but I’m sure it was hard. I think we’ve all had mornings where we’re not on our game. I’ve had a whole week of them this week. Whenever I have a bad day with the kids at work, I always seek refuge in the fact that the next day HAS to be better-nothing else THIS horrendous can happen two days in a row (unless you’re stuck in a cave or well or something…)
    Hope the day got better. :)

  • http://www.maijasmommymoments.com Maija @ Maija’s Mommy Moments

    This is so me. This is so my life. Funny how people at work think the professional version of me has it so together.

    You know when they ask you the question: “How do you manage it all?” I have a VERY hard time not bursting out laughing because of mornings like this one.

  • Cara

    The great thing is that by seeing the humor in it you also made the other parent’s day a little better. We all need to know we are in it together, especially when it’s that kind of day. I hope it got better for you.

  • http://simpleetiquette.blogspot.com Heather

    It IS hilarious! And good job for seeing the humor. Love it.

  • http://www.fancy-pants-mommy.blogspot.com/ Fancy

    I love the days when it’s just SO chaotic that it’s actually ridiculously funny. Sure, some days still b-l-o-w big time… But the days that are just like the morning you described – priceless.

    Hmm… It reminds me of a day that I had that sparked a friend to suggest I start a blog. I should dig that up and re-post in case you ever want an example of “you’re not alone”.

    I’m on it.

    Great job momma! Your morning made me smile.

  • Mary

    Glad you can laugh at yourself that is very important. Have a better eveing. Mary

  • http://inaandme.blogspot.com Stephanie

    I love it! I mean i feel for ya but I am laughing. I once got to daycare (15 miles from my house) only to discover that I did not have my son’s shoes in the car!!! He does not want to put them on until we get there and I thought they were already in there but did not check! You would think that this is something that could only happen once but you’d be wrong :)

  • http://www.beachlovinmomma.blogspot.com Amberlee

    Moments like these for me are “laugh or cry moments,” I have to make a decision to as if I’m going to laugh or if I’m going to cry. I usually choose laugh, because it’s not worth my tears, or ruining my makeup.
    Kudos to you!!

  • Cris

    I actually laughed out loud (which I rarely do when reading blogs) when I read about you dousing your hair in the shower. That is so, so something I would have done. And then lol again at the wet bathing suit in the washing machine and using the hairdryer.

    Good for you for turning a morning like that into an occasion for you and your readers to laugh!

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  • I'm a divorced, single mom to a pre-schooler, a full-time attorney, and a semi-reluctant vegetarian. I work hard and when given the chance, I play hard... but I'm almost never given the chance.

    It's possible that I never outgrew 7th grade mentality, as I still laugh when anyone says anything that can be remotely construed as sexual. Let's face it, if you're not down with "That's what s/he said" at the end of almost any sentence, we're probably not going to get along all that well.

    I drink more than I should, I run more than I should, and I laugh as much as I can. So I'm pretty much winning at life.

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