Most days as a stay-at-home leave me feeling a lot like this picture–pale, harried, and exhausted You’re trying your very best to make life run smoothly–even be fun–for your children, while they both seem to be doing their darndest to make things complicated.
However, there are also days like today when I look around me and say, “Wow, this is precisely how I pictured my life would be.” Summertime, at the swimming pool with two tow-headed little girls in matching swimsuits that make them look so cute I can’t stop grinning when I look at them. The baby is trying her best to do what I’ve taught her and kick her fat little legs behind her in the pool. My “big girl” wants to be like Mommy and has spread her towel ever so perfectly on the chair beside mine where she is doing her best to sun-bathe seriously. I am able to spend a good fifty percent of my time actually SITTING in my chair because both girls are playing so happily and obeying so perfectly. Thank you Jesus! THIS is what I signed up for!
Now don’t think that it was perfect…Mary Aplin had a big fat poo in her swimsuit at the end of our time (is anybody else noticing a trend here??), and the only way to get off the swim diapers (that our pool forces babies to wear) is to pull the tight, wet, poo infested article down their legs. And, we were having so much fun that I let the time get away from us and both little parties were in stages of starvation melt-down as I drug them through the parking lot. HOWEVER, I will take little issues like these any day if I could have those three perfect preceding hours.
Now they are both sleeping soundly after wearing themselves out in the good ‘ol fashion sunshine. I love summertime, and I love being a stay-at-home Mom…
OH THE POOP! Its one of those “Can’t live with it, can’t live without it” kinda things!! Haha…I KNOW that was a mess to clean up! The picture cracks me UP! AND ABBY, with that flat tummy of yours, you should have no problem shedding the clothes 🙂 Your just as skinny as your sister!!
I just tear the “swimmy diapers” down the sides. It is so much easier than trying to pull them down.
More proof that little Mary Aplin is following in Wilson’s footsteps – do you remember all my “poop” stories? My entire basement was smeared with it and Henderson (at 8 months old) was EATING it!!!! Gross – have fun! I will say we haven’t had any messy poop incidents in the last 2 months – so maybe there IS light at the end of the tunnel (until Henderson masters getting his diaper off) – keep sharing b/c it makes me feel SO good to know my child isn’t the only one that loves to play in the stuff!
hey Abbs! are you making these little embroidered things and selling them? If not, I think you should. Very, very cute. I think you’re on to something!
I will never forget Bethany did that one day during nap time and finger painted all over her white carpet. Of course this was one of those days when Tim had been at work for 72 hours!! Hang in there!
I love your realness! We’re coming to Birmingham for a week (leaving tomorrow-Friday), maybe we can see y’all for a quick second: )!! Call me.
Yep, I tear the diaper down the sides. 🙂 I have had the same poop smear episode at our house. Glad I am not alone. :))))
Abby, you can tear those things down the side. They rip easily. Although you may not want MA knowing that! 😉
Abby…THANK YOU….You are special, indeed….You give in so many ways….This was the best! Love, Gail
Great poop story! I feel the same way about being a stay-at-home mom but like you wouldn’t trade it. I look forward to days in the pool very soon with my little boy!
Those fleeting days and moments are WORTH it! Although when you have a few of the poopy ones in a row you begin to question your sanity…great post!