Well, I’m a day late and a few dollars short (see Lesson #2). It’s funny how I know that Pink is 27 days old, but I have no idea what day of the week it is. Newborn-mom brain works in mysterious ways (see Lesson #3).
Lesson #1: You know there’s something special about your neighborhood when—within a single week—you have two delicious homemade meals delivered to your door, attend a fun-filled family co-op BBQ and the collective powers (led, of course, by an amazing few) get the county to reconsider a local park closure.
Lesson #2: The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Big. He not only put price tags on all the drinks we store in the garage (and makes sure we pay up as we drink them), he’s also started charging Little to buy his own toys back. And since Little doesn’t have that same spirit, I have to be sure I have lots of pennies on hand to bail him out. (Once Big really grasps the value of different coins, we’ll have to help him come up with a new business plan.)
Lesson #3: When your gassy baby sneezes, it helps get the air moving in the other direction too. And, as Lenny put it, that’s a win(d)-win(d) situation. (Yes, we’re both slap happy thanks to an unhealthy dose of sleep deprivation.)
Lesson #4: At age 5, Big is often more mature than I am. You see, as an extremely indecisive adult (no, we still don’t have a new car…or girl crib bedding), I find myself empathetic, but surprisingly impatient with my indecisive son. So I have to give him huge credit for his great new problem-solving approach. When he can’t decide what to do, he’ll look at the two options and say, “I can always do x, but I can’t always do y.” For instance, “I can always hold my sister, but I can’t always go hiking with friends.” Or, “I can always cry, but I can’t always sing at my preschool graduation.” I figure it’s worth a try. Here goes… I can always procrastinate, but I can’t
ever always go to the bathroom in privacy. Maybe I should get back on that construction project!
Lesson #5: It may be time to squash your 2-year old’s obsession with bad guys when you overhear him singing, “Oh my goblin, oh my goblin, oh my gobbbblin, Clementine!”
May this week find you feeling grateful, flush, relieved, decisive and fearless!
Photo from Flickr, by pduncan.