Sometimes E and I can’t believe we lived through our children’s baby and toddler years. We see younger yet much more frazzled adults than we are everywhere and we pity those poor, sleep deprived bastards. Without fail, we look at each other with looks of mixed sympathy, relief that we are no longer being bossed around by a 28 pound tiny human, and unadulterated panic at the thought that we could, technically, still be able to produce one of those needy, demanding 28 pound tiny humans. I won’t lie. I’ve thought about manually ripping out my own uterus numerous times, mostly in Wal-Mart.
I know, I know. Your little angel is the light of your life. You pity me and my boring, sleep filled existence. Alone time to poop and shower? Overrated. You like the company anyway. Sex with your significant other more than once a year? Way overrated and that’s what got you into this, damn it. Meal times where no one shits themselves or pukes (under normal circumstances)? Where’s the excitement in that? 8 continuous hours of sleep? That’s for pussies plus you’ll sleep when you’re dead. We smug little shits sitting at the next table, eating a quiet meal with our teens and actually having a real conversation with them, are who you really pity. I understand. Been there, done that twice.
Don’t get me wrong, my kids are my greatest blessings. We had fertility issues with both of them, life threatening medical issues after birth with both of them. I did things I know I couldn’t do today, all in the name of having my own child. I overcame extreme panic and claustrophobia to ride, unmedicated and strapped down, in a medivac helicopter to Dallas, Texas, to give birth to Gracie. I’ve been told by a Doctor that Gracie probably wouldn’t live through the weekend and I somehow managed to not crawl into a corner and die myself. I’ve watched Landon get other people’s blood pumped into him dozens, if not a hundred, times. I changed his colostomy bags and E gave him his twice a week shots until he was almost 1 year old. During all that, there was nowhere, NOWHERE, we wanted to be more, except for maybe trade places with the parents who took their children’s health for granted.
Some of you may be struggling today. Maybe you’re buying dry shampoo by the case because you don’t have 90 seconds to take the world’s fastest shower. Maybe you’re in a hospital room, answering the exact same questions for the 100th time for medical students who don’t look old enough to be your kid’s babysitter. Maybe you’re about to lose your shit if you have to yell with your toddler one more fucking time because that little clepto Swiper is sneaking up on Dora’s ass once again. When the hell will that bitch learn?
I’m here to tell you to keep your shit together. Keep it together, sister, for all this will pass, and when it does, being a parent is glorious. Yes, glorious! You will one day be able to take hot showers for as long as your hot water heater can last. You may even be able to simultaneously have sex AND a hot shower because you will enjoy sex again. It’s not a myth! Your husband may even have to invoke the 72 Hour Rule. The 72 Hour Rule was created by E about 8 years ago and is the mandatory fluid recovery period required after 4 days of being at my sexual disposal so that he could possibly live to see the next week.
But none of that tops what I have experienced this week. Brace yourselves. Are you sitting down? Sit down. You can put lanolin on your nipples later. Hell, do it and keep reading this. It won’t be the first time a reader has rubbed their nipples while reading one of my blog posts but the restraining order and my therapist say it’s still too soon to talk about that.
But I digress, yet again.
We’re going to Universal Orlando next week on vacation. Gracie came to me last week, panicked over the fact that she has not been saving her money to spend in the gift shops at the parks. She asked if there were additional chores she could take on so she could earn more money than usual. It was then that I had the most brilliant idea I’ve ever had. I taught her how to do laundry. Go ahead and hate, hater. I’ll gladly take it.
I’ve been working out at night then I come home and take a shower. A few nights ago, I almost sobbed with joy when I reached in the towel basket after an exceptionally long, hot shower (I know, now I’m just bragging) and saw clean towels not washed, dried, and folded by my own hands. When I picked said towel up and it was STILL WARM, I did sob. Like a marathon runner finally reaching the finish line. True, this finish line took me 13 years to cross but it was worth every damned second of it when I was enfolded and caressed by clean, warm cotton.
Gracie and I have negotiated a rate of $3 per dried, folded load she brings upstairs from the basement. I should be arrested for violating child labor laws, I’m so grossly underpaying her for this service, in my newly formed opinion. But don’t tell her that.
I hope this post has encouraged you to keep your shit together today. Don’t let that little fucker Swiper get the best of you because in 13 years you will be checking Google like I did this morning to see if he’s still even on television doing hood rat shit and paying your little angel an inordinately low amount of money to do your chores. You’re welcome.
To ensure that I’m universally hated by unshowered Moms currently drinking cold coffee and rubbing lanolin on their nipples while reading this, I’m also paying Gracie 50 cents for each cup of coffee she reheats for me. Between the reheated coffee and laundry, she just informed me that I owe her $37.
Best $37 I have ever spent. Without a doubt.