This is a cute picture of a baby playing with our pups. This is not a picture of my day. Lest you think I am a model mama with angelic children, let me paint you a picture of my afternoon.
I decided I could handle taking all three kids to the neighborhood pool alone. It was great. The kids played and two of them listened. For a few minutes i sat in the shade with the baby while the big kids played in the baby pool. It was refreshing.
Then it was time to leave.
This is always the hardest time. It took some convincing but I got two kids loaded up and got myself put back together. Imagine a huge double stroller, a big pool bag, a 6 year in the stroller, and me: swimsuit, running shorts, socks, tennis shoes, wearing a baby. Oh, and Eloise. Yes. She’s still in the pool and WILL.NOT.GET.OUT.
I tried pretending to leave without her. I tried ultimatums. I tried the fierce mom eyes and deep, low voice.
Eloise was laughing and running around in the pool.
So I kicked off my shoes, took my socks off, and climbed in the pool. Wearing the baby. Chased the girl around, she was screaming of course. I grabbed her and placed her in the stroller and put my shoes back on.
Then we walked out. She screamed the whole way home.
The mental picture of what that must have looked like to the precious suburban families at the pool today will make me laugh.
I know I’m a good mama. I know i have the worlds greatest kids ever. I know it’s not always easy. I also know I have no idea what I’m doing and I make decisions on the fly and that ends up with me walking thru the baby pool in shorts. ❤️