A brief list of some of the things I might do in a typical day for Forrest:
- Wake up at 6 AM sharp (always on the dot—always) and talk him down from his morning tantrum/hysterics/deep sorrow, as his brain only knows how to wake up in one mood, and it is utter devastation.
- Assist him on the potty, which might not sound too graphic, but brother does not comprehend a thorough wipe job (and somehow wiping after a potty #2 seems so much more disgusting than wiping after a diaper #2).
- Take him out for a walk to the playground so his growing body can get some exercise.
- Comfort him after the heartbreak that is leaving the playground.
- Prepare him a variety of healthy meals, which he frequently chooses not to eat.
- Listen to him whine and moan and complain about the healthy meals I prepared, and beg for donuts instead.
- Make a visit to the library so he can enjoy story time and choose books for the week.
- Read said books over and over and over and over and over ad nauseam.
- Clean up mess after mess after mess after mess after mess created by his zillions of fun toys, then listen to him sob at the store because I said no, I would not buy him yet another action figure or little racecar.
The list could go on. And on. And on. And we won’t broach the topic of the things I’m giving up (willingly! happily! but still—they are certainly a list all their own) so he can just exist, and be paid/provided for, and so I can be at home with him every day.
And then, a few days ago, we had this conversation (think of the list! remember the list! #neverforgetthelist):
Me: Forrest, do you know how much I love you?
Forrest: A whole lot lot lot lot lot lot lot lot lot lot lot lot!
Me: That’s right.
Forrest: But do you know how much I love you?
Me: How much?
Forrest: Just a little bit.
And then, in case I didn’t fully grasp it, he reiterated, “I just love you a little bit.”
Yes, I know, he loves me, yada yada yada, but still. STILL! The injustice! The unfairness of it all! I think I deserve a really nice Mother’s Day gift, don’t you? (And seriously, don’t we all?)
This photo gallery frame set from RedEnvelope is doing the trick quite nicely.
I filled it up with beautiful memories—our wedding, becoming a family of 3, and now as a family of 4 (which still boggles my mind . . . do you ever really get used to the idea of having created humans?). I love walking by and seeing it there, displaying some of the happiest and proudest moments of my life with some of my very favorite people. It made a perfect Mother’s Day gift—a way to celebrate the journey to becoming a mother, and the kids who made me a mother.
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And let me tell you, finding this on your doorstep? Totally makes a lady’s day, before it’s even opened.
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I’d love to hear, what are you hoping to receive this Mother’s Day? What RedEnvelope treasure do you deserve? And please tell me I’m not the only mom out there with an ungrateful little booger. A precious, loved, adorable little booger . . . but an ungrateful booger nonetheless.
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