Archive for October, 2011

Scrambled with Kids Please!

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

That seems to be what I get every morning for the past 17 weeks – whether I order it or not. Frankly, I think my server or the management should be disciplined for this gross disregard of my order every day. Is it too much to ask for a little “peace and quiet” or some “smooth sailing” before the sun is up while I’m trying to get out the door? Obviously, the answer is yes.

There is no doubt, having a baby is a life changing experience. It’s full of excitement, joy, and love all mixed in with sleepless nights, waning memory and a little chaos. But, just for fun, add a baby to the mix of an existing household with a toddler (or any other number of children I imagine) and watch the fun begin! I can’t say I wasn’t warned. I even thought I was prepared for the coming storm of truly unbelievable situations. Alas – you soon discover there is no such thing as being “prepared” again. Ever.

Multitasking is something that most of us just do. We don’t even think about it until we’re actually challenged to the point that something gives (gasp – yes, SOMETHING will give!). I remember “hearing” Dr. Hedgepeth tell several expecting moms that very same thing – but I just didn’t get it. Until now. You’re used to doing everything at 100%, all the time. But be (here’s that word again!) prepared. You’re not going to be able to do it all at 100% anymore. Something will get “less than”, at least for a little while. That might be your spouse, your house or in many cases – your appearance. That might also vary depending on the week or the circumstances, but at no time in the foreseeable future will you have all your “ducks in a row” again. One will always be lagging behind, roaming off in a different direction, or even found still sleeping back in the nest.

All of that being said, I’ve found that it’s best to control what you can and let the rest of the pieces fall where they may. And hopefully you can laugh about it when the day has finally ended. Slow down, because so many wonderful things happen each and every day. Seeing a sibling relationship develop right in front of you is magical – and comical all at the same time. Still make sure you get a chance to “do” for yourself, whether that’s 15 minutes in the evening with a book, 5 minutes for coffee in the morning, a quick stroll around the block in the afternoon, or for me – and adjustment always does the trick.  There’s just something about being able to lie down for just a few moments and have someone else tend to you.  Either way, somehow you’ve got to take care of you and recharge. Easier said than done?  Absolutely.

So this morning, as I was putting on my makeup in the bathroom at the office munching on dry frosted mini wheat, I giggled and thought, “Hey, tomorrow I’ll order something special”.  Maybe I’ll be lucky and get slow roasted and mild with and extra “shot” of smiles and all the sweetness I can handle!