Thursday, May 24, 2007

Putting Out Fires

Why do annoying little mishaps seem to happen in groups? It can't just be, "Oh look! Addy has figured out how to open her dresser drawers and throw every item of clothing onto the floor while I'm not looking!" 'Cause if it was just that and nothing else AFTER that, then the original incident would be kind of cute, maybe, and certainly only minorly frustrating. But to have it immediately followed by Addy dumping her bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch all over the couch, before I had even gotten around to cleaning up the empty-dresser mess, made both things seem neither cute nor minor. And then, to take Addy off to have a bath in order to remove the coating of sugar and cinnamon from every square inch of her body, and have her pee all over her bedroom rug before I could get a clean diaper on her, then freak out and run in circles wailing about the pee running down her leg... Well, that didn't make it better.
I was getting truly irritable, and the only way I could maintain my Mommy cool was to think in steps, and not think beyond the step I was on. First, wipe pee off child and put on a diaper. Second, clean pee out of rug before it sets in. Third, dress kid and get her set up with a movie so I can proceed to steps four and five, cleaning up cereal on couch and cleaning up clothes off of floor. So I was happy that I came out of all these minor setbacks to my schedule without having a major meltdown. But I was not happy about the way that my morning seemed to have literally disappeared without my doing one single thing on my actual to-do list.

9 comments:

Jess said...

I don't know if I'm ready for all that :(

Only four or so more months and you can enjoy a nice glass of wine!!

desperate housewife said...

That's THREE months, lady, THREE! Don't condemn me for longer than I've got!

Jess said...

Oops. That's right. Well it's about 4 months for me at least.

Swistle said...

I know just how that feels, to face the task that way. I usually pause for a moment while the overwhelmingness sinks in, followed by the hope that there is someone other than me who will take care of it, followed by the realization that it is all mine, followed by the steeling of resolve to work on it until it's fixed.

Shelly said...

I just got a flash of my future life and I am SCARED.

Shauna said...

*sigh* I feel for ya!

Kelli in the Mirror said...

Mm-hhmm. That was how my nailing jello to a tree morning was last week.
I bet you still can't think of anything funny about it, huh? :)

Black Sheeped said...

I think it's normal to want to run around in horror if you pee on your leg :).

Maybe today will be better.

Devan said...

those days are always so much fun! It never happens on a weekend either, or when someone else is around and could possibly either clean up one mess or at least watch the kid...