Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Kudos to stay at home parents

Yesterday as I was running around in the morning trying to get Danny wiped clean from breakfast, dressed, then in the car to drop him at daycare, I had a moment of clarity.

I was EXHAUSTED by his energy. He had managed to find a way to climb up on a folded up stool to get to the Dust Buster which sits in a charging holder on our kitchen wall. He later scaled his Tripp Trapp high chair and managed to pour a watering can meant for our house plants all over the floor. Then he did NOT want his shoes nor his coat to be attached to his body in any way shape or form, so he found this way to go all jellyfishy and flop around like he had no bones making it almost impossible to pick him up.

And this all took place between 7:50 and 8:05 am. That’s a 15 minute period people. I realized that as I dropped him off at his day care that any adults who take care of their own or other people’s children all day are Saints. Or Angels. Or something even better (although I don’t know what could be better.) I truly do not know how you do it.

Because especially at when they hit toddlerdom the children never let you rest. If you’re reading the paper, they want you to read them a story. If you decide to take them out to do something special it can require an entire project plan to a) remember to bring what you need, b) plan to ensure that they eat and sleep when they should, and c) keep them from climbing on top of your car. (He hasn’t figured that one out yet, but I see him tilting his head and doing calculations every time we go outside lately.)

Okay, you know from the 99.9% of the postings on this blog that Danny is the light of our lives.

It's just that he’s a very fast and opinionated light at this point.

So all praise and honor to Jenni and Diana and all the other parents out there in Bloglandia who know what I’m talking about here. You all deserve large, child-proofed medals! -Monica

5 comments:

Casey said...

Ha, thanks. Welcome to my life. My kids are into everything in sight all day/every day. They like to challenge me and keep me on my toes.

montana said...

Thanks! but you know, I probably wouldn't be able to maintain my sanity without the help of our PT nanny - I don't know how people do it either. They ARE exhausting - imagine a day like this, when he only slept 25 minutes for a nap - yup, you heard me, that's not even a half hour!!

-Diana

montana said...

Thanks! but you know, I probably wouldn't be able to maintain my sanity without the help of our PT nanny - I don't know how people do it either. They ARE exhausting - imagine a day like this, when he only slept 25 minutes for a nap - yup, you heard me, that's not even a half hour!!

-Diana

Erin said...

Thanks! There are plenty of days when it seems like going to work would be so much easier, but then again, the grass is always greener -- each is challenging in its own way!

Bugaloo said...

There are so many days when, after drop off, I just sort of sit in my car in a state of shock -- feeling as though I have lived one thousand days already and it's just 8:10!