5. How to get out of carpool duty ( Natalie Gwyn)
“My dear friend Jessica asked a favor of me. An easy thing, really. Our children attend the same school. Jessica and I were meeting at the gym after school. Would I mind picking up her four children and meeting her at the gym?
“Sure. Absolutely no problem. Anything for a friend.
Natalie Gwyn takes a time out with the mug meant for all of us.
“I went to the school and I drove through the pickup line and I loaded up my children and I waved at her children and I drove to the gym. And, as I was about to get my sweat on, my phone rings.
“It was my friend Jessica. What ever could she want?
“The school had just called Jessica to ask where she was. It seems no one had shown up to gather her children that day. Her little darlings were in after-school care until someone could come and pick them up.
“You guys, I cried. I felt so bad that I cried!” 6. Down goes baby
( Sarah D.)
“I was taking a picture of our daughter to announce she would be a big sister when she decided to dive off the bed. Luckily, her dad did catch her before she hit the ground.”
Tiiiiiiimber! Sarah D.’s daughter almost takes a tumble.
“Almost immediately after taking the all-important first photo at Grandma’s house, the unexpected happened… I was holding Thomas when I heard the grunt and then felt the explosion.
“Somehow the poo hit his diaper with such force it shot up his back. A big brown, smelly stain was soaking through his shirt. In disbelief, I looked at my mom with desperation. Where was I going to bathe him? The sink was too small and the bathtub was too big for a 3-month old. We hadn’t had time to buy a baby bathtub yet. For goodness’ sake, we had just landed! The timing was impeccable.
Betty Nguyen’s son Thomas enjoys “a less chaotic bath.”
“Laughing hysterically, my mom rushed to the garage and emerged with a large turkey roasting pan. Oh my, we were about to bathe my precious baby boy in a pan reserved for holiday fowl. It was ‘foul,’ all right. To keep him from slipping and sliding, I wrapped the pan in a bath towel and filled it with water. I could see the confusion on Thomas’ face. It’s like he was saying, ‘Seriously Mom, have you lost your mind?!'”
“You have not experienced the real walk of shame until you have padded down the hallway of your pediatrician’s office and announced to the front office and the adjacent waiting room,
“‘I dropped my baby and I think someone should check him out.'”
“Everyone in the house was excited for our almost-3-year-old to get a ‘big boy bed.’ He had been climbing in and out of his crib for a few weeks and we just knew it was time. He was so proud and so happy.
Beth Giusti’s son models his new look.
“Our first try at nap time didn’t go quite as planned. The boys’ room has a connecting bathroom (which we all use). I was watching to see if he would try to sneak out of his bed/room, through the main door. He out-smarted me! He was out of his bed/room and in the bathroom where I didn’t think to look. Well, let’s just say he found a new love for mascara…”
“‘Mom! The Tooth Fairy didn’t come!’ my son cried. My mind started racing… How do I respond?
“Excuses began to tumble around in my head:
“‘She must have heard you waking up and had to leave before you saw her.’
“‘She must have not received the message that you lost your tooth yet.’
“‘I forgot to turn the night light on, so she couldn’t see.’
“‘She ran out of Fairy Dust, so she couldn’t fly.’
“But instead, I said, ‘That’s crazy! I am sure she came. Go look again.’
“I knew that I had a dollar in my bedside table and grabbed it quickly once he wasn’t looking. I followed him into his room and started looking through his bed. With the dollar bill already palmed, I pretended to find it between the headboard and the mattress. Triumphant, I showed him the dollar and said, ‘Here it is! You must have knocked it down here during the night and you didn’t see it!'”