Friday, October 8, 2010

Adventures of Super Mom: A Day Off or Just An Off Day?

Wednesday night, I snuggled up to my husband in bed and said, "I'm excited because tomorrow I get a day off.  There's no school so I don't have to set the alarm, and I don't have to be Mama Taxi Driver.  It's going to be a great day!"
As I fell asleep, I fantasized about a day of reconnecting with my kids.  The girls had been so busy lately, maybe we would go for a bike ride.  Maybe we'd play board games or snuggle on the couch for a long cozy chat. 

Then I had the bright idea of starting potty training.  Prince Charming has shown interest, and has had some successful bathroom visits over the past few months, with a four day weekend ahead and no where to go, wouldn't this be the perfect time to give potty training a shot?

I sighed contentedly and fell asleep with great expectations for the next day.  

Ha!  Isn't it funny how a day can unfold so differently from what we expected it to be?   

Here's what really happened:

1.  Because of a late school event the night before, we woke up to all of the dinner dishes waiting for us: stuck on, greasy meatloaf crusted plates and pans = grumpy start.

2.  Potty Training-  I'll spare you all the gory details, but after several tantrums, an extra large bottle of bubbles dumped on the bathroom floor, and an absolute REFUSAL to point his "thing" down so he wouldn't pee on Mommy's face, Prince Charming made it VERY CLEAR that he was NOT ready for this new skill.  I tendered my potty training resignation after only two hours of trying.  : )

3.  By this time in the morning, a large crowd of neighborhood kids invaded the house stopped by to visit.  Gone were my dreams of quiet, cozy fireside chats in the living room with my kids. 

4.  Then Littlest Princess found me to tell me the upstairs toilet was clogged.  While she came looking for me, Oldest Princess went in and flushed some more trying to "fix" the problem.   By the time I made it up the stairs, a crowd of children had gathered to see the fascinating toilet fountain that had flooded the bathroom floor and was seeping in to the hallway carpet. 

I sweetly asked them all to exit my home while I figured out how to stop the fountain and clean up the flood.  (Confession- maybe not so sweetly at all.  Maybe I'm a little afraid of the stories they told their parents that night of my teeny tirade) 

5.  I'm still trying to block out the memory of the screaming match with my children outside in the front yard for all the neighbors to see and hear while I convinced my oldest two that it was their duty to watch their little brother while I rescued our home. 

And then it happened.  

I walked back in the house, into the laundry room, and reached up to the top shelf and accidentally knocked this container of Oxy Clean down on my head.  : ) 

It was at the moment, standing in the laundry room, covered in white powder, watching water leak from upstairs, that I finally just laughed.

I couldn't help but see the "I Love Lucy" comedic aspect to what was happening and there really wasn't anything else left to do but laugh at myself.    

And It Was Only Noon!

Being Super Mom is just harder work than you think. For some reason, though, I don't think I'm ready to ask for another day off any time soon.

Here's to us all having a weekend with low expectations!  LOL!

Happy Friday!



Hilty Sprouts said...

Yeah!!! Best day ever! I feel for you! I hope today was better!

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Oh Becky, I am laughing out loud. Not at you at all. With you, with you. You poor thing! What a day. So, did it get better in the afternoon?

Days like this should be banned, but they help us to keep our humility, I guess.

And when we have a surprise day of peace that we did not plan, it's all the more special. Right? Oh, I hope you have a good sleep tonight. You deserve it.

P.S. I can so relate to the neighbor children stopping by thing. We have one little girl who likes to come over just to use our bathroom. And she lives right next door. Hmm....

Katy said...

LOL Thanks for letting us laugh with you!! :) Believe me I think we have all had days like that! LOL Love you Beck!! Here's to a better tomorrow!! :) said...

I loved this post... made me smile as I could so totally relate... I was up one night nursing when I read it and didn't have the hands or the mental capacity to comment at the time, but wanted to be sure to come back and say thanks for sharing. Glad I am not the only one who has her dreams/good intentions shattered with a big ol dose of reality. The fact that you can laugh and blog about it show you have the right outlook!

Evan and Nathan said...

I'm still laughing! I love the way you can take a really lousy day and turn it into something for the rest of us (and you) to smile about. What a great attitude!