Wednesday, June 6, 2012

You know that feeling?...

when you have been chasing your kid around the zoo all day. You thought you would be a nice mom and let her out of her stroller so she could see the sea lions up close. "Look at the sea lions!", you squeal like an insane person. What an awesome mom you are! Pat on the back for me! But then you spend the next half hour chasing her in one direction, while your stroller rolls away in the opposite direction. Which do you go after first? "My wallet is in the stroller", you think, "I should probably grab the stroller." But then again, your child is, well, your child. You run and grab her then chase after the stroller. But she doesn't want to be held. Because she is a very grown-up almost 2-year-old now. So she kicks and screams, "down!" "DOWN!" "WALK!". You spend the next hour or so doing this. Chasing your child, chasing your stroller, heaving your screaming child, putting screaming child into stroller which causes more screaming, taking child out of stroller for a better look at the giraffes, or the tigers or the brown bears. "Follow mommy Caroline!" "Stay by mommy!" "Hold mommy's hand Caroline!", which of course, causes more screaming. Only babies hold their mommies hands. She is NOT a baby. This is fun! We are at the zoo! We are making lasting memories, damn it!

All the while you are fighting crowds, and school groups, and heat and your almost 2-year-old. And you are thinking in the back of your mind..."I just have to make it to the car." "Just hold it together until the car."

Two trips through the new polar bear exhibit, one bird show, one ride on the carousel and one very unrelaxing lunch later and it's time!

Finally! It's time. It's blessed time. Just a few minutes of extra hard work...strapping kids in car seats, giving them sippy cups, removing shoes in hopes that they fall asleep on the way home, unloading all the crap from the stroller and back into the diaper bag, heaving the stroller into the trunk, but then...THEN...you get to fall into the front seat and blast the air conditioning and sip your Diet Coke and everyone is strapped in place and can't move. You know that feeling?...when you finally collapse into the drivers seat and lean your head back  feeling totally happy that you made it to this point in the day without dying and you think "yeah, I am a good mom".






 

30 comments:

Ali said...

You nailed it.

The only part I would add is when your kids begin bouncing up and down with insane urgency. They have to go potty. You escort your dancing, grunting children to the nearest bathroom only to find that it's closed for cleaning.

Anne, Ryan, Emily and McCoy said...

Hilarious! So true (including Ali's comment)

Em said...

Ugh. Totally!

Em said...

Ugh. Totally!

The McBrides said...

i have no idea what you are talking about. weird.

Melanie said...

Haha! This totally cracked me up.

Barb said...

Woof. What about when you are exhausted from it all and thinking to yourself, "They're so worn out, they'll have great naps today," and you get home and NO. NAPS.

kalie said...

Wait, I am confused. Did you write this after watching me at the zoo trying to corral my child? The bird show is so not for 2 year olds. But the carousel and polar bears rock our world. Do you have a pass? We do. We should go sometime. :)

Marcus and Amy said...

Nope, I am not a good mom then. I think about going to the zoo and then realize how hot it is outside and think about battling the crowds and then read this post and think, no way in hell!

And I agree with Barb, I hate it when that happens!

Trav and Lizzie said...

Yes, yes and yes.
Only maren is just starting these things. And I'm always sweating bullets- like, really- until nap time as then I think "I'm sooooo glad for play group. They knows how this feels."

So sad I missed the zoo.

Trav and Lizzie said...

Yes, yes and yes.
Only maren is just starting these things. And I'm always sweating bullets- like, really- until nap time as then I think "I'm sooooo glad for play group. They knows how this feels."

So sad I missed the zoo.

Ty and Meg said...

haha We are so going to the zoo when I am home. I have to see this in person. Yay!

Ty and Meg said...

haha We are so going to the zoo when I am home. I have to see this in person. Yay!

Almost bedtime said...

Just found your blog by clicking the 'Next blog" button on blogger. Anyway I just wanted you to know that I have really enjoyed reading your posts. Especially this one. Made me smile. Especially the bit about having to choose between your wallet and your child when they are both heading off in different directions. I have been there so many times...

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