They've been hanging around for weeks. And totally screwed up my weekend. Following the relentlessness of unhappy children and handing out medicine at the demand of the big hand, I cracked. A simple trip to the chemist and then to the shops for necessary supplies, two painfully exhausting children in tow, was my undoing. Plus the headache. The throbbing headache that comes, without fail, every rare opportunity I take, to sleep in. To try and take some time for myself to catch up on weeks of early starts and late nights and disrupted sleeping, taking care of a sick household. The cruel irony is just so.. cruel.
On Friday I experienced quite a humorous parenting low. I can only say it was humorous now, because it turned out okay. After five and half years of packing one, two, three children into the car - wherever it is that we have been - then packing the pram into the boot, I missed a step. Late in the afternoon I checked a message on my phone from a friend - I've got your pram, you left it on the footpath! LOL. I assure you I was not LOL-ing. How the fark do you forget to pack a bright red pram into your car? When I collected it from my friend she said, Hey! Could have been worse - you could have left a kid in there too! This is true. Though I'm pretty sure I would have noticed fairly quickly if I was down one kid whereas prior to receiving the message from my friend, I had no idea that my boot was empty and the pram, nowhere to be found. We laughed and laughed, even through the embarrassment of my parenting low. She knew how rough the last couple of weeks had been, how little sleep I had managed in between the restless nights of a sick household. I am truly grateful for her friendship. And for knowing how to fold up a Phil & Teds so she could take it home for me.
When I retold the story to my mum, she laughed that laugh that almost makes tears well in your eyes, and then told me about the time she had done the same thing. She left it at the trots one night after piling us all in the car - the only difference being, when she went back to get it in the morning - after realising what she'd done - it was nowhere to be found. I didn't feel so silly after that. Thanks mum.
So, ever left your pram/kid on the side of the road? Or anywhere for that matter?!
*Yes, my windows really are that filthy, after the pest control man came to kill all the spiders hiding in our brickwork and eaves this week - liquid death dribbling down all our windows..