I am known for my train of thought. Or lack there of. You mention mustard? I've got something to say about s'mores. Because mustard >> hot dogs >> camping >> camp fire >> s'mores. Sometimes I sit down at night and there are so many ideas in my head that I can’t even think. They chase me all day long. Like a wolf running through the forest. Or a vampire? A great big sparkly vampire? No. No sir. Because vampires burn up into ash in the sun, everyone knows that. Anyone who believes otherwise is a delusional teenager or a woman who wishes she was. So there. I said that. In MY post on MY blog. I think sparkly vampires are dumb and the best acting Robert Pattinson did was at the very end of the fourth movie of Harry Potter. He’s gross. And doesn’t fit the character in the book at all. Incidentally, you know they were considering Henry Cavill for that part? Yeah, that would have been better. Because he doesn’t suck. And now we get to see him as Superman. A nice, not effeminate girly-girl Superman either. Robert Pattinson goes right up there with Hayden Christiansen in my book of “well, we know people will pay bookoos of bucks to see this no matter what we do, so let’s just use this guy” actors. The other two hobbits fall in that category for me too. You know who I’m talking about. Not Frodo and not Charlie (and if you don’t know why he’s Charlie, that’s just depressing and sad and you should be ashamed). So does Abby Cadabby, but I’m fairly certain my obsession with the “rightness in the world of children’s television” is a certifiable one, and can be reserved for another post (Dora … why are you out ALONE in a jungle with a talking monkey, and why OH WHY do you trust that map that keeps sending you into the alligator infested waters?!? YOU’RE FIVE!!)
But anyways …
This past week my dear friends had their first child. A son. I’m calling him Wookie Jr. And he’s cute. And not all babies are cute (sorry moms of ugly babies). Some babies come out and even after that first swelling “what the hell happened to my head?” phase is over, they still look weird. Bug looked like an old man forever. Because he was born too soon. He had no fat and just old man wrinkles. But not Wookie Jr. He looked awesome. And still does. Fortunately, I see a lot of his mom in him. She’s beautiful. Anyhoo … I’ve had a blast the last week helping her adjust to her “what the hell just happened to my life?” phase. Not the “What to expect now that you have a newborn” frills and fluff stuff. The “Oh yeah, this sucks and no one will tell you how bad it sucks” stuff. Like how giving birth makes getting hit by a train seem like a pleasant idea. How the very idea of ever wanting to procreate again seems like it ranks with sitting in a tub full of scissors. How your body will redefine “amount of sleep needed” over night and all those mornings after parties you went to in college don’t even compare to the exhaustion level you now have. How your insides feel like they might just fall out at any minute. How your boobs no longer belong to you, and no longer belong to your husband. And after awhile all you really want to do is scream and say “MOOOO!” because well, you’ve become nothing more than a machine that can produce milk and clean poop. (Rosie the Robot couldn’t do THAT, I bet). First kids are hard. There’s no manual, no “how tos” (although my pediatrician gave us this clever “baby manual” when Monkey Man was born … for fevers and eating and when to call the doctors and the like. So clever of them)
Clark Kent and I had no idea what to do with Peanut when we brought her home. We put her in the middle of the floor and stared at her, in her cute pink blanket in her car seat. For almost an hour. So, I’m glad I can be there for Wookie Jr. and his mom. And his dad. Although, even with all the bottle feeding help he’s giving, there’s not much I can tell him. Other than grab your butt and hold on tight, because this ride is fast, hard, and is gone in a blink of an eye. (Or so those with older kids keep telling me. Like that nice old man at the snack bar at Target who just patted me on the shoulder and said “You sure are a brave girl” and walked off laughing). It’s a ride that I’ll take over and over though. Despite the downward spirals it seems to take now and again. I know I’m going to miss it when it’s gone. Some nights I ponder that in a nice loving way. Other nights I just repeat it 50 times like a good mommy. But in the end, when I close out my day, check on sleeping angels (because they are angels when they sleep, right?) and remember how fast times flies, I know that the kids are my sanity, not just my sanity checkers. They are my saving grace. I may end the day covered in spit up, sweeping the kitchen for the fourth time because of some dog-food-bowl-kicking temper tantrum (that was tonight), sighing and wondering if I’m even cut out for this (I know, after 9 years, you’d think I’d know that), and wondering how I am still breathing. I’ll take my cup of coffee (you’d be surprised how relaxing that is) and peruse my facebooks, and breathe the first breath of quiet air. And remind myself that I can do it, and that being a mom rocks. No other job on earth is as rewarding, though trying, as the one called “Mommy”.