Renovation with Toddler

Category: Baby

Thursday, April 3, 2008

4:30 am: Stumble out of bed at in-law's house to go to crying toddler, tripping over the suitcases that we have been living out of since March 12th. Excellent time to experiment with toddler-friendly swear words interjections.


4:40 am: Toddler grumbles back to sleep after diaper change and soothing.

4:42 am: Unable to sleep, get up and balance checkbook. Realize that you fell asleep in your clothes instead of pajamas. Wonder if this is would be considered slovenly or efficient in the morning? Decide to put a positive spin on it...efficient!

5:30 am: Go back to bed and try to sleep.

6:10 am: Toddler awakens. Therefore, so does mama.

7:15 am: Try to stuff active and flailing toddler into coat and hat while searching for diaper bag for quick trip to sitters. Throw headband in hair, no time for makeup, brush teeth sans toothpaste while in the car.

7:30 am: Deliver toddler to sitter's house and drive to the house that you pay a mortgage on to start working for the day.

7:45 am: Change into work clothes in the downstairs hallway since neighbor's don't need to see your holey underwear over THEIR morning coffee.

7:55 am: Pick up brushes, tack cloth, cotton rags, cans of wood conditioner and stain. Turn on the radio to catch Morning Edition. Wonder if having an interesting and lyrical name is a requirement for getting a job in Public Radio. Get down to staining woodwork.

10:18 am: Realize that the gloves that I've been using for staining woodwork have a small tear in them. Middle finger on right hand now a lovely shade of walnut. And it will be that way for a few days. Wonder what other moms at the public library will think when they see that. Think of some amusing--and possibly inappropriate--things to tell them. Wonder if my kid will be known as the child with the weird mom. Make a mental note to experiment with henna tattoos so I can camoflauge future stain mishaps and try to get some cool mom cred.

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12:35 pm: Quickly shower and change, grab a handful of trail mix, and jump in the car to pick up child at sitter's.

1:00 pm: Pick up child, catch sitter and other parent looking at middle finger of right hand. Open mouth to explain, get distracted by toddler dashing down sidewalk. Don't fight it, just submit to my weird mom reputation.

1:10 pm: Back at in-law's house, read a story to toddler. Put her down for a nap.

1:11 pm: Dash downstairs to make two business calls, download photos from camera, and do research on financial/tax issues that I'm dealing with as the volunteer treasurer for my church. Curse Quickbooks for Not-for-Profits with decidedly toddler-UNfriendly interjections.

2:00 pm: Second sitter shows up at in-law's house because this is the one day of the week where I have double coverage. Send up small prayer of thankfulness that I have such great sitters and tack on lame apology about earlier cursing at computer.

2:01 pm: Dash across alley to mortgaged house. Change back into work clothes which are on the floor of hallway. Back to work. Say hi to T.K. who is nailing trim up in the dining room.

2:02 pm: Realize that the experiment with wood filler for nail holes has failed miserably and it is showing up through the stain. On a part of the fireplace that is REALLY noticeable.


2:03 pm: Sigh. Scrub those spots with denatured alcohol. Pick up the palm sander, and sand it ALL BACK DOWN AGAIN. Two steps forward, one step back.


3:25 pm: Re-condition and re-stain those spots carefully and hope that the spots no longer show. Hold breath while waiting for stain to soak in.

3:45 pm: WHOO HOO! Success!


3:46 pm: Finish staining the rest of the trim in the dining room and living room doorways that were stripped earlier. Also, windowsills.

5:36 pm: Run upstairs to change and quickly shower. Try to scrub stain off of hands and arms with baby oil and a nail brush. Make sure any dust is off of hair, body, clothes just in case there was any lead in the work area. Stash work clothes in a separate plastic bag for later washing and clean up the bathroom plus shower with Ledisolv.

6:00 pm: Get in the door at in-law's house, pick up overactive exuberant toddler, pay sitter and beg her to come live with us, wave goodbye to sitter as she escapes our crazy life to return to peaceful apartment with her husband.

6:02 pm: Simultaneously try to scrape together dinner while entertaining two year old. Create elaborate opera involving kitchen utensils and Fisher Price people. Encourage her to do ballet in kitchen. Unload dishwasher, wash down counters, scrape stickers off of the kitchen floor with my fingernails.

7:30 pm: Wrestle toddler into her bath and then wrestle her into pajamas. Negotiate with toddler as to the number of books we will be reading prior to bedtime. Decide that toddler has a future career as a hard-nosed negotiator and wonder if it would be inappropriate to put her to work in this area right away. Perhaps making deals for the State Department.

7:40 pm: Husband arrives home from job in far suburbs. Hand over storytelling duty to daddy.

7:41 pm: Throw laundry into the washer, tidy up the downstairs (this includes picking up building blocks which seem to have bred and multiplied since this morning.).

7:59 pm: Toddler is in bed, parents crank up laptops and begin work online. Alternate between browser tabs with blog work, email and financial research. Read Jenny's post about two year olds and laugh in recognition.

8:20 pm: Too tired to continue. Shut laptop and walk upstairs to "lie down for just a little bit."

Friday, April 4, 2008

6:15 am: Wake up in the clothes I was wearing last night.

The End.

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Wow. If having a stained finger is all it takes for the other mothers to brand you the "weird mom," they are living a very sheltered life.

when my oldest daughter was two she had a baby sister who was 1, yes you read that right. Now imagine what he was like with two of them, what the youngest didnt figure out the oldest one showed her. the living room is looking so nice.

John--Maybe I'm too paranoid, but I imagine that there are probably good reasons why I would be labeled "the weird mom". Not that it is a bad thing :)

Norma--OMG. And you lived through that??!! Kudos!

I like this article! Good post. Really nice ideas too! I like this!

I love the expression. Everyone needs to express there own opinion and feel free to hear others. Keep it up :)

Way to focus and straight to your point, i love it. Keep up the work people. Dont let anyone stop us bloggers.

I am extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it's rare to see a nice blog like this one these days.. :)


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