I have had this window open on my phone since SATURDAY. I haven’t blogged in far too long, and I really wanted to sit down to write. It’s something I love to do. So why did an entire Saturday go by without me taking 20 minutes to sit down and write? I decided to take an inventory of my day.
6:45: Earlier than normal, Gracie wakes in a ferocious fit of tears; she is seriously regretting chucking her paci out of her crib.
6:46: Mommy rescues the paci. Mommy tries to put Gracie back to bed. Mommy is so silly to think that would work!
6:47 Mommy realizes that today is a Saturday free of plans. Mommy realizes how long it has been since she’s blogged. Mommy vows to make time to blog.
7:05 Persuaded by the all-too-familiar sounds of Disney Jr, ,Mommy decides that today will NOT be wasted in front of the TV. It’s a gorgeous day, it is necessary to get outside.
8:30 Mommy texts friend to arrange a mommy-baby park date.
9:46 As usual, Mommy is late.
10:30-12:30 Mommy and Gracie meet our friends for some park playtime. During this time, Mommy decided that TODAY is the perfect day to make Chex mix. Mommy texts Daddy to ask him to pick up the ingredients.
12:30 Mommy and Gracie head home; Mommy is hoping for an excellent nap from Gracie, so that she can blog, edit photos, make Chex mix, and maybe even nap a little. Mommy has jinxed the day with these naïve hopes.
1:30 Mommy puts Gracie down for a nap. Mommy thinks about blogging, but decided to fit in an impromptu yoga session. Why not? Gracie will likely nap for hours and hours and hours! Sweet freedom!
1:50 A huge, earth-shattering poo wakes Gracie far too early. Mommy rescues Gracie from the poo monster. Gracie is so happy to see Mommy, she won’t even consider letting Mommy put her down. Mommy realizes she is pretty wonderful , but this turn of events does thwart her plans.
2:00-3:15 Mommy rocks Gracie, tries several times to put her down unsuccessfully, and Mommy ends up falling asleep in the rocking chair while Gracie watches her sleep. Sweet irony. At least one of us napped.
3:17 Mommy throws up the white flag and surrenders to nap-resistant toddler. Time to make Chex mix.
3:30-7:00 Mommy spends the afternoon making Chex mix, cleaning, vacuuming, and getting ready for out night out with Daddy. In the meantime, Daddy and Mommy try to occupy the increasingly cranky toddler. Maybe she should have napped.
7:30 The babysitter arrives, and the most over-tired and goofy toddler on planet earth is persuaded to sleep. Finally.
8:00-11:30 Mommy and Daddy leave for a much-needed night out in Boston.
12:00 Bedtime arrives, and suddenly, Mommy realizes she did not blog. Shame on Mommy.
Chronologically outlining my Saturday isn’t depressing so much as it is eye opening. I’m a list nerd; I find myself looking at how I spent my time and being proud of some moments, while questioning others. The hour and a half I spent snuggling my cranky toddler was priceless. The Chex mix could have waited.
I love to write, even if no one reads it. Each day has a finite amount of hours. If I spend just 15 minutes a day doing something totally out of the ordinary, totally independent of the daily demands of life, I’m pretty sure I’ll feel pretty awesome.
And if you must know…the Chex mix turned out awesome.