Wednesday, July 27, 2005

WWAGMD? (What would a Good Mommy do?)





OK--what would a good mommy do when it is only 8:19 and your 2 1/2 year old has been up since 6:15, eaten, been on her swingset, taken a walk (including putting several neighbor's newspapers on their porches), eaten her 10AM granola bar at 8AM and has already changed into her third outfit (The swimsuit coverup is her "pretty dress" for the day)? Oh yeah, she has also drawn some artwork for Baby Ava, our friend's daughter who was born yesterday. Did I mention that the baby is not feeling well and is sleeping like crazy????? Naptime for the 2 1/2 year old isn't until 1:30--I am screwed!!!

Oh, yeah--The skies are going to open up ANY MINUTE and rain like it has never rained before.

Again, I ask--what would a good mommy do?

24 comments:

M&Co. said...

Uh. You mean besides go back to bed?

Susan said...

You have just described every single morning of my life for the first two years after Charlie was born. I was usually reduced to announcing cheerfully, 'LET'S SEE WHAT'S ON PBS!' And then I would make some strong STRONG coffee.

I'm sure the 'good' mommies all have an elaborate art project on hand, for just such an emergency. Stupid good mommies.

Anonymous said...

I would have to agree that going back to bed is a good idea. And what exactly is a ' good ' mommy? I think we all do a damn good job. It's not as easy as all that.

The June Cleaver Diaries said...

Noggin for her, coffee break for you. I do it every day......

The June Cleaver Diaries said...

Susan--- my "good" mommy friend would be teaching her daughter the fine art of making your own paper to create the artwork with. Damn her. She'd probably be teaching the entire lesson in french, too.

Susan said...

SNMartha: Oh, of course! And then the Good Mommy and her Perfect Child would grind some pigments (made from plants that they cultivated in the Good Mommy Garden) to make their own paint. And glue! Good Mommies know how to make glue, too.

Personally, I don't know how to make anything. Except a martini. Can I teach the kids that?

MetroDad said...

Not sure what a good mother would do. But this daddy here would pray to the heavens that nap time comes early. Either that or try to have the dog keep her entertained for a little while.

Misfit Hausfrau said...

Hey Susan--Read "The Three Martini Playdate." It is a FABULOUS book I got for my birthday in April. It actually shows you how to teach your kids to make drinks--yummy!!!! I loaned it out and I may never see it again. It is worth it for me to buy it. There are some great essays on playgroups, the overstimulated child due to too many activities, etc...

kimmyk said...

What would a good mommy do? Sorry. I have no idea.

I'd suggest playing a game in mommy's bed-"let's see who can keep their eyes closed the longest and the winner gets chocolate when they open their eyes".
SEE...told ya, I don't know that whole good mommy thing.

Susan said...

The Three Martini Playdate made me laugh and laugh and laugh (especially the bit about teaching the tots to SERVE the martinis--oh my).

I think I need a three martini playGROUP--where would I find that, do you think?

Misfit Hausfrau said...

Well, I am sure there is one in Hell, but all the people who I know who would totally do it with me are all far from me--New Jersey, New York, Maine...

The gals in my neighborhood are vying for "The Best Mommy EVER" title. I've already gotten some stares as they power walk by for drinking a beer in the front yard whilst watering plants. Hey--Maybe I'll drink a martini today when I do water and see what happens...

Susan said...

Better yet, let Peaches have a Martini STAND in the front yard!

Misfit Hausfrau said...

Excellent plan!!!!

The June Cleaver Diaries said...

I'm in for the Martini playdate!!!!
We should all converge in the midwest at your place, Misfit Hausfrau. I'm teaching the twins the sign for "Shaken or stirred?" as we speak.

Mary P. said...

My eldest watched Cinderella every single afternoon for the last three months of my pregnancy with her brother, because she'd given up naps and I needed one. So every afternoon, I got 75 minutes of blessed sleep on the couch while my daughter was indoctrinated with "finding your prince will fulfill you as a woman and give you your place in life". lol I never felt guilty for a single minute. She's turned out just fine, I think!

Candace said...

I think a GOOD mommy would realize that this just sucks and then would have an early nap with the kiddo.

But that's just me.

BTW, what side of town do you live on? If you live anywhere near me (East side), we can start our own Three Martini Playgroup. I have at least two other moms who would join us in a heartbeat.

Misfit Hausfrau said...

I live in Liberty Township. I think that is North, but I would drive a great distance for a good martini--especially one that involves drinking whilst my children play around me...

Susan said...

No no no! No martini playgroup without me!

Unless you're going to drink martinis and write about it in real time--what do they call that? 'Live blogging'?

With pictures of the children holding the drinks trays, of course.

Candace said...

Yep. That's far.

About an hour, depending on where one starts.

I'm in Anderson Township.

What's with the "townships" in Ohio, anyway?

The June Cleaver Diaries said...

HEY HEY HEY!!!! No martini playdates without me, either. AM I going to have to move to Ohio, people?

Candace said...

Yes, let's all of you move to Ohio, but move closer to ME so then Little Miss Hausfrau will have to move out of the boondocks and into civilization!

:-)

sweetviolet said...

my 9 month old doesn't sleep. seriously. i was hoping things would steadily improve. perhaps they just get more wacky.

LoryKC said...

Three-martini playdate? You mean ALL the moms around aren't already at your house?? I wonder how long it would really take to get there from Kansas...
Save a couple of olives for me! ;)

Mother Hypocrite said...

Um: Here's a thought. My husband invented this one once when I was travelling, or sick, or something. Hide a bunch of M & M's all over the house. Then have her hunt for them. If you're feeling inspired, have her count them, or name the colors or something. anything. Just don't watch that God-awful Barney movie! It was years ago and I still can't get it out of my head!