Yay! Check out my new button…I’m changing the name of Monster Mommy Moments to Mommy Moments at the Monster. I decided to change the name after people kept asking if they had to write about a horrible parenting moment…and that is not the point of MMM at all! All stories can be shared…monster moments, happy moments, funny moments, and on and on.
So help me welcome Jessica from Four Plus an Angel to share her Mommy Moment with us all! Jessica is also a mom of two 3 year olds, is a Twitter addict, and I swear we could be long lost sisters…or at the very least, I know I’ll love her when I finally get a chance to meet her in person!
Jessica is also hosting a very cool meme from July 18th – July 29th called My Kids Are the Messiest and I’m sure if you have kids that you’ll be able to hook up to her meme.
So please help me welcome Jessica so she can share her Mommy Moment with us. It happens to be a monster mommy moment, and when she sent it to me my jaw dropped to the floor because I did the exact same thing earlier that afternoon!
If you’re not sure what a Mommy Moment at the Monster is, you can read all about how my weekly feature came to be here.
Go grab a cup of coffee and a donut, ahem, I mean a low-fat muffin, or depending on the time of the day maybe some wine and chocolate, and sit back and enjoy the story!
I had already been awake for three hours. There was yet to be a moment when I could even hold a toothbrush or finish a much needed cup of coffee.
I had ushered a moody preteen out the door to school, attempted to reason with a toddler about the color of her sippy cup, wearing boots in the summer and calling me by my first name.
My other toddler had created a custom design on the curtains that I was desperately trying to scrub off while rubbing my teething babies gums and reciting “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” so many times my eyes were beginning to cross.
I knew what I needed to do.
A Sanity Drive was in order.
You know, when you pile all of your children in the car, counting the moments until they are all happily hypnotized and you can let your mind drift to your next blog post, how many hours are left until the weekend or what you might wear someday when there is no threat of spit up stains on your chest.
As we drive, my mind begins to numb in the semi-quiet. They ask me questions. I have no idea what they are but I answer.
I have no idea what I answer either but whatever I’m saying it must be good because they are quiet again.
Eventually I tune in just enough to notice how loud my daughter’s voice seems.
We talk about her brothers, how much they like the movie I put on, how one lost his binky and the other has something on his face.
How the car seat button go click-click-click and how nice it is she is holding their hands and then finally my brain kicks into gear and
Did I never notice that maybe I only buckled TWO little people into their car seats instead of three?
Off I had been on my little Sanity Drive and apparently I was going insane because we had been in the car a good fifteen minutes while I chatted with my then two year-old daughter, who was standing proudly about a foot from my head.
That day I learned a very important lesson:
Days inside with no sleep, no adult interaction and no caffeine can lead to five minutes of talking to yourself that is so interesting you are able to drown out a life-threatening mistake.
Jessica, thank you for sharing your Monster Mommy Moment with us…and for reminding us all to slow down. Like I said, I just did this last Friday, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it long after we got home. The “what ifs” can drive you crazy. We are moms, we make mistakes, and sometimes they could be a lot bigger than they turn out to be, this is a reminder of why being present is so important.
Now go swing by Four Plus an Angel and say hello to Jessica, and if you’re new there make sure to tell her that I sent you. I know you’ll really enjoy her blog!