I’d like to think that I’m a pretty well-prepared person. As are most moms I know.
My diaper bag has the essentials, along with enough snacks to survive a post-apocalypse, and toys to distract small children should we get stuck anywhere (Dr’s office) for more than a few
I like to plan ahead to make sure I’m ready for whatever our day entails; this helps me stay sane in what could be chaotic situations. I also like to have things on hand, or be prepared for scenarios that I didn’t foresee happening in our day. These have prompted me to make little mental notes to myself. Let me share a few from recent weeks:
Note to Self: ALWAYS have a change of clothes.
For each kid. We met a group of friends to do a hike around Colchester Pond. I was very prepared with bugspray, hats and snacks (those, I never forget). I even had two outfits for the baby! Well, this hike turned into more of a swim, and my 4 yo jumped in with his clothes on. Luckily, I had a extra towel stashed away in the car from a previous trip to the beach; but, as he jumped in and filled his clothes with pond water I vowed to never be caught without a change of clothes again.
Note to Self: White clothing and babies don’t mix.
I should know better than to get within arms reach of our 11 mo when I am dressed for work and he just had banana, avocado, or whatever other mushy and colorful food for breakfast. I do know well enough not to wear white anywhere but to the office. I guess this one morning in particular I wasn’t using my best judgement, and he gleefully wiped his sweet little blueberry fingers on my white pants. I looked down, grimaced, and made this mental note. (Also, we need more bleach)
Note to Self: Potty breaks before we venture to the grocery store.
Recently, the grocery store is my son’s new favorite place to go #2. And it might be all the walking up and down the aisles that triggers it, because he tells me he has to go when I have reached the end of the dairy side of the store. So, we head back to the entrance, and I leave my full cart of groceries, hoping no one thinks I’ve abandoned it and starts putting the items back. So I tell myself, all of this could easily be avoided if I have him sit on the toilet at home. Easy, right?
Lately, it has seemed like the majority of my mental notes have been related to items I need to have on me at all times. If we are venturing out of the house for the day, it’s like I pack up half the house to go with us. It’s no wonder my car doesn’t look like this:
But in my years of being a mom, I’ve certainly learned a lot about being prepared, and little mental notes help.
It makes me laugh when I think back to my pre-children days, and the kinds of mental notes I made for myself then. Don’t forget to pack a lunch (not three). Set an alarm to wake up after a nice 8 hours of sleep. Buy more wine, you’re almost out (actually, this one still applies)…