Dear Crissy

Busy moms

I can remember hearing parents say: “It takes us two hours to get out the door!”, and thinking, really? Why? I mean, I understand the busy mom thing, but how hard could it be to throw your kid’s junk in a diaper bag, put a coat on him or her, and be on the road? Now that I have Evan, I can totally understand. In fact, I’m guessing that it takes me even longer than most to get rolling. Make it a day when Evan is supposed to be at the doctor, or an otherwise important appointment, and things are even more complicated.

I have been borderline late for every single doctor’s appointment that Evan has had. Two weeks ago, he was supposed to have his 6-month shots. We were staying at my mom’s house due to a power outage and poor road conditions in our area, and the night before his appointment I warned my mom that I am notoriously late for his doctor visits, and that we needed to be out the door at least 40 minutes prior to the scheduled time. Well, my dad had just installed a new “big boy” car seat for Evan in their car, and I stupidly did not do a test run with the seat before we tried to leave. Of course, it didn’t fit him right, and required the whole seat to be pulled apart and adjusted–something I had no idea how to do. I was certain that we wouldn’t be able to get it fixed in time for his appointment, so I called to see if they could work me in later. The receptionist snapped: “He won’t be able to get in for another month.” What? A MONTH?

Needless to say, I did my best to speed read the manual for the car seat, and was able to get it adjusted with just enough time to make it.

This is just one crazy thing that has caused me to ALMOST be late for his doctor’s appointments. I have another appointment tomorrow, and I am starting to feel anxious already!

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  1. Joanie — February 25, 2010 @ 8:53 am (#)

    I read your painful story of breastfeeding with such mixed reactions. I am an IBCLC breastfeeding advocate. I was also a “first time” breastfeeding mom with cracked and bleeding nipples and still cringe (30 years later) when I think of the first month of breastfeeding my first child! I saw moms in the hospital and on well baby visits at home (I’m a Public Health Nurse)who had no problems at all and wondered what I had done or not done. I was very lucky, I had a fellow worker who helped me get a much better latch and when my nipples healed life was much better. I also had a very supportive husband who insisted that I continue because it was what I had originally wanted. So to make a long story shorter, YOU DID WELL to give your son breastmilk for the first month of his life. CONGRATULATE yourself on the liquid gold you gave him! You can not change the past, so please remember the positive from the experence. You have experience under your belt. Your next attempt will be successful! Get lots of help from more than one breastfeeding expert and remember, the first month is the hard part, it’s just you and baby after that. Joanie


  2. Karen — February 26, 2010 @ 10:55 pm (#)

    ugh, I feel your pain. We are late or make it right on the dot for every single doctor’s appointment. I think we have made it early to only one appointment in the last five. what is it with these doctors appointments that makes me run so late?!
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..a cuddly little boy =-.


  3. the Domestic Diva — February 28, 2010 @ 5:21 pm (#)

    It DOES take us 2 hours to get out the door. I have two little kidlets, it takes me an hour to get myself and “the stuff” ready then another hour to get the wee-ones ready. Phew! it makes me tired just thinking about it.
    .-= the Domestic Diva´s last blog ..Callaway Gardens Revisited (Day 57) =-.


  4. Vernice — November 19, 2011 @ 3:07 pm (#)

    Being a mom is really not an easy job especially when you are a working mom like me. I have two kids a girl and a boy. It’s really hard for me because I am a single mom doing the a role of a responsible mom for them. It’s a good thing that there’s someone who is willing to help me in taking care of them. I can understand of your situation now.


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