- Get up (6:25 am)
- Help bathe kids, wash hair
- Dress kids
- Feed kids
- Load dishwasher that didn't run last night because the knob on the front is currently Felix's favorite toy
- Check email
- Strategize with Chris about a) Easter b) Thomas the Train day trip in June that we need to buy tickets for ASAP c) Spring program sign up for kids
- Help Ollie get off to school
- Fold laundry
- Work on iCal spread sheet of possible Spring classes and activities for kids
- Call mom-in-arms Willow. No answer
- Put away laundry
- Call Mom. No answer
- Try to reschedule majorly important, once-a-year doctor appointment that I needed to do blood work for last week and haven't. Without it, 9:00 appointment tomorrow is pretty useless
- Change out of pyjamas.
I spend a lot of time (like, a lot) talking about Mom Issues. In fact, almost not a day goes by when I don't spend a significant amount of time hashing out current sleep patterns, the consistency of poop and how to make Oliver scream less during bath time so that the neighbors don't report us to Child Services.... ("We were just shampooing his hair, Officer. I swear.")
It can get boring. In fact, I get bored of hearing myself yammer on. But what I don't get bored of is knowing that other moms are dealing with the exact same shit. So in September 2009, I started a Moms Group. We meet once a month at a restaurant to discuss a timely topic (chosen by moi) and then digress into harping on bad celebrity baby names (because Bella Luna and the like are just plain dumb). We also offer each other support, perspective and good cheer. Bascially, it's kinda like a Book Club, only without the books.
So why you should start one? Oh, I don't know... to remind yourself that you're not alone and that other women might possibly love and sometimes hate (yes, hate. I wrote that. Hey, it's my blog.) they're new lives as parents as much as you do? It also ensures you get out of the house at least one night a month.