tight underpants

by humanmama on April 9, 2012

Being a mom is filled with decision-making moments. Like, when to buy new underpants? Anyone can tell when the old size is getting too tight, but when exactly is the right time to make the switch to the next size? Because too soon, and you just know those new undies will be baggily hanging off that kid’s rear like she was a gangsta.

See? That’s why parents tend to be a little high strung. It’s those important decisions always weighing us down.

yes, those are boys'. I'm thinking ahead!

I’ve had a list of about a billion things to do, which is very frustrating, since I realized I was actually going to have another child, which was about last month. And having that many things to do is frustrating simply because even if I do three thousand things per day, I’ll still be behind when the baby comes by about nine-hundred-million-plus line items. I try to say “these are the things that I absolutely must get done before the baby arrives, and these are the things that I’d like to get done but are probably ridiculous,” to Carpenter, on a weekly basis, but it doesn’t work. He’s usually already fallen asleep at “absolutely must.”

It’s just like before: I am acutely aware that I need to get things done because I will never again have any free time. I’d like to say that it isn’t true, that your time does come back, but I got about fifty-three-thousand things done before having Lilly and it’s a good thing, too, since I’ve never done anything to the house since. And that’s almost three years.

The trick, if you’re me, and you probably are, is just to remember which decisions are important, and which actually can wait. Do I need new mulch? Nope. I’d like it, but I don’t need it. Do I need to get the crib set up? Um, well, yes. At least, sometime in the next 13 weeks or so.

Parenting is many things. But today, parenting is: knowing when it’s time for new underpants.

 

 

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Jessica April 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Ah yes, the ever-present prioritizing. I get stuck between “should get done” and “would like to get done.” My MUST get done (feeding the kids, for example) is a bit easier to recognize. And my husband, too, is always asleep before I even finish the first list. I hear ya!
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aj April 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I know, right? I wish I could fall asleep when he’s talking. Sadly, he wouldn’t notice…

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Mommy_Ronni April 16, 2012 at 8:19 pm

As my kiddo is still in diapers (21 months) I struggle with when to buy him new shoes. It’s almost always once I realize his poor toes are pretty much curling over in there.

Good luck with the have versus would be nice to do list!

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