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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Can I have a "do over"?

Ever have one of those days you wish you could just hit "restart" and just go back from the beginning of the day and start again? We're halfway through day number 2 like this.

The kind of day where no one naps. Even when they were up over an hour past their bedtime the night before.

And it's as though your timing is off on everything. Not just off in an annoying sort of way, but so perfectly off that things could not have gone more wrong if you planned them that way.

You spend 30 minutes getting the cranky baby to sleep only for  the 3 year old to run screaming through the room at the exact second you lay her down. Or on attempt number 3 to put the same child down (I don't even remember how the second time failed) her dress gets stuck as you lay her down and she again wakes up sad and confused to be in her room instead of being held.

The kind of day where to snap everyone out of this funk you decide to run some errands, just to get out of the house. You spend an hour looking for the 4 year olds shoes (who loses 2 pairs of shoes in 3 days!?) only to give up and tell him to put on his snow boots, can't find a single pair of socks that fit the baby, and all the while the 3 year old is following you crying "I just want to go". Finally walk out to the car and realize that the car that is here doesn't have car seats in it. You will now spend the next 5 hours explaining to your 3 year old over and over again that we can't go to the store while he cries back "I just want to go! It's so hard to wait!"

One of those days where in attempt to feel like you are actually accomplishing something, you load the dishwasher while the baby is crying, start it up and realize halfway through the cycle that you left a dish in the sink and water is starting to overflow onto the floor (but hey at least I caught it before it made a HUGE mess!)

A day where EVERYTHING is the end of the world to your children and they feel the need to throw themselves on the floor and cry because you accidentally looked at them after they told you "don't look at me anymore mommy". And you just want to lay down on the floor and cry with them...but you resist, because you are after all a 27 year old woman and not a 3 year old.

One of those days where you just want to look up a recipe on the internet...but it has conveniently stopped working for the day! Or when it does decide to work it's so slow it won't load what you need it to. 

The kind of day where you would just like 5 minutes (really more like 5 hours, but that just seems unrealistic) of silence, without someone touching you, talking to you, asking you questions, crying while hanging on to you leg, running through the house screaming and throwing toys...but it just never happens. It's like they have special radar to know when you are pushed to the limit and they push just a *little* bit further every few seconds to see what might happen.

And when you finally do get those 5 minutes (or more like 3 or 4, but I'll take it!) and sit down to knit away the stress...you realize one of the kids pulled you knitting needles out of a complicated project and you have to very carefully pick all of the stitches back up. And then while ignoring that project, because you know you won't have time to do it carefully, you realize that you made a mistake on your other project and have to very carefully go back and change all of the knit stitches to purl stitches and the purl stitches to knit stitches.

Like I said, I couldn't have planned it more perfectly wrong had a tried.

So can I start over now? Can we just wake up and do something fun instead?

Maybe we will read this later


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