Mommy Moments

Friday, July 17, 2009
My mother had a friend who took her three children to see a movie at the theater. During the 90 minute film, the little darlings managed to splash the contents of a large coke and spill the better half of a bag of popcorn between the two girls on either side and little Johnny sitting on her lap. This ambitious mom made it through the show. As the house lights went up and the credits rolled, she set Johnny on his feet and turned to pick up her purse only to look back up and see her toddler making his way up the aisle with her wrap-around skirt stuck to his bum!

Every mother has those moments. Ive had a few in recent days that seem blog-worthy….

My sister and I ventured out to a new church last week with all the kiddos in tow. We sat near the back so Josie could discretely whisk Evie away when she got restless. What was I thinking? Of course the child wasnt going to go passively.
Poor Josie tried to take her out of earshot, but that baby has a good set of pipes and screamed “Maaaa-maaa” at the top of her lungs.
I slouched in my chair as I began to notice heads turning. I was grateful that we were among strangers and that surely no one knew that ill-mannered baby belonged to me.
Just as the pastor led into a quiet moment of prayer, Isabelle piped up beside me….clearly audible for the entire congregation…”Mommy, I hear our baby crying
Thanks Izzy!
I bowed my head a bit lower!

Then today.
Evie needed a routine blood draw to send back to our doctors in Columbia. After driving to the lab and realizing I’d forgotten her insurance card, I returned home to retrieve her card and made a second treck across LA in traffic. Upon arrival, we sat for two hours in a waiting room among a dozen mutually tired and frustrated patients awaiting their turn. After exhausting our supply of granola bars and cheerios, Evie was a wreck. I encouraged Abi to entertain Evie who had had it by this point. Abi dug around in my purse looking for my phone or something for Evie to teethe on. All eyes in the room were watching to see how we were going to pacify this baby who’s naptime was clearly overdue. At this moment, Abi emerges from the deep recesses of my purse in which she’s been digging. “Here Evie….you can play with this
I heard the snickers from the room full of strangers before I even looked to see Abi handing Evie a tampon.
I had to laugh too. And Evie stopped crying!

So here’s to us mom’s. To those wonderful moments we want to remember forever….and those few we’d rather forget!

Kisses from California!

  • Jones says:

    I lauged my way through your post. Sooo true..we all have so many mom moments. Thank you for shareing yours. Oh and thanks for the kisses from CA we miss CA.

  • Lacey says:

    gorgous pic of the ocean, I’m so jealous. I love to think back to those moments when our kids embarass the heck out of us. what an we do but laugh 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    What a riot! Too funny!

    Grace T.

  • Donna says:

    OH MY….thanks for a good giggle to start my day!!! I remember many times when my kids put me through a red faced moment too.
    What a beautiful picture of you two!!

  • Heidi Ann says:

    You have the cutest kids even in their not so cute moments! They are always dressed perfectly AND matching! I LOVE how you dress your girls! You have had quite the summer, so many fun things and memories. I’m dreading your drive back for you! Give Evie a squeeze and enjoy Cali!

  • JShaffer says:

    Oh but you handle those moments so graciously and honestly! You’re an inspiration! I love you and we need to catch up, I have twin questions!

  • Sarah M says:

    wow. that’s awesome. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Boy, did i have a feelig you were going to say, “tampon”… Oh!!! My goodness our kids are funny. Life sure is not boring as a mom, and they sure keep us on our toes!!! Hah! That may be a bit of an understatement at times. 🙂

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