One of Those Days
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I had one of those days yesterday, you know the ones. I was still healing, even a month later from major abdominal surgery. Our week-long guests had just left. We were 2 weeks into summer vacation and I was exhausted.
I had a doctor’s appointment to check on my progress post-surgery and so, against my better judgement, I drug all 3 of my kids to the appointment. My 4 year-old goes in and out of the phase where he outright ignores me and then laughs. Yesterday was one of those days he decided to fully embrace that stage. Obviously, it’s not that I don’t have the tools to deal with it, but yesterday especially, it would have been really nice if the day just went smoothly. That was not to be. Chandler proceeded to ignore my requests to not engage in touching and tickling his siblings, creating a small ruckus in the otherwise very adult waiting area, along with touching the glass display case. Distracting him with a car magazine worked for all of 4 minutes. So inevitably, I had to take him outside and give him a stern talking to. So much fun. It didn’t get any better inside the exam room. Not only was Chandler not interested in following any boundaries I set down neither was his twin sister. Rather than outright ignore me, she just likes to argue every single point about why she should be allowed to do exactly what I’m telling her not to. Can you say exhausting?
The day continued to be very busy after that, with a rush for lunch, interviewing babysitters, swim team practice for my oldest and gymnastics for my youngest.
So why am I telling you all of this? Where is that pearl of wisdom, you are wondering. There really isn’t any, well maybe a little. But first, the point of me sharing this is to share that I’m still human. I’m still a mom who gets tired and gets overwhelmed sometimes. Whether it’s illness, or not getting enough time for yourself, or any other reason, it happens, and it will happen again. Yesterday will not be the last day I will ever have like that. So the only pearl of wisdom I can offer, if you want to call it that, is to get through it the best you can. Get through it and know that it is temporary. Know that every day will not be like this, as a matter of fact, very few days should be like that. Luckily for me, those days are very rare. If you find that you are having more days like that than you care to admit, then definitely see the class, Peaceful Parenting part I, which is chalk full of tools to help you make those days very few and far between.