Thursday, September 17, 2015

I miss going to the bathroom alone.... #parenting

What do you miss from the time before you were a parent? 

There are several things for me.
Well, maybe a lot of things.

A few pop into my mind right away...

For one, I miss taking time to actually taste my food at a restaurant instead of constantly digging snacks and sippy cups and crayons and toys out of my bag while I scarf whatever edible concoction is placed in front of me so we can dash out the door before we hit the child meltdown zone. 

I miss waking on a weekend to see an 8 (or greater) as the first number on the clock. Even a 7 is a rare sight on the morning clock these days. It is sad when a 7:22 Saturday wake-up equates to "sleeping in". Way, waaaaaay back in the day, I remember thinking that ESPN's College Game Day program was on a bit too early on Fall football Saturdays..... it starts at noon. 

I also miss going to the bathroom all my myself. Seriously. I would like to have a couple quiet moments in the bathroom to do what I need to do without an extra body in there. These days, I have a toddler shadow who gets into absolutely everything. In the moment it takes me to try to pee, I take away the toilet brush (this week, he seems to think it is a big hairbrush), roll up at least twenty-two squares of toilet paper that he happily unrolled onto the floor, and pry little chubby hands from my bare legs.

He flushes the toilet before I am done. He plays in the trash can. He tries to climb into the tub and gets frustrated that he can't quite get a leg all the way overIf I lock him out, my bathroom tasks are serenaded by a screeching wail that could frighten an angry velociraptor. This is paired with frantic door pounding. 

It's no wonder that I generally head to the bathroom the moment I get home from dropping him at his Monday daycare or the church preschool!

Bathroom activities are not a team sport.


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Linking up to Mama Kat's writer's workshop today! 

3 comments :

  1. I'm stopping over from the workshop. I miss those days as well. I wish I could say that it gets better as they grow but oh it don't. :) My oldest is 13 and he still comes knocking on the bathroom door to ask me stuff. Though who am I kidding. My husband does the same to me. :)
    Some day maybe when they are in college that will come. But then we will probably miss those days of them knocking on our bathroom doors.

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  2. Tasting, sleeping and eliminating without an audience are all things that will be part of your life again some day. And believe me you will appreciate all three with a wisdom borne of the experiences you are having now!

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  3. When my kids were toddlers I missed popping in and out of a store. Every errand is such a production when you've got children in tow!

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