I Dressed Myself
Today was the much anticipated PAJAMA DAY at Little E's preschool. She has been talking about this for over a week (which is a long time for a kid that still doesn't get the concept of tomorrow). She wanted to go like this. No kidding. That is actually pajamas. In fact it is the much coveted Snow White nighty. I made her put it on properly with her arms in the arm holes. There were many tears. So many. After the tears she donned turquoise & brown striped leggings (which are very cute with the turquoise and brown spotted dress that she refuses to wear) and rainbow striped socks. I didn't take a picture because we were running late due to all of the aforementioned tears. Trust me, she looked ridiculous. . . I mean adorable in a quirky sort of way.
It reminded me of a time when A was about this age and I put a post it note on her back that said "I dressed myself". I have since stopped doing that sort of thing and embraced the
fact that they will dress themselves in questionable and unconventional ways. So unconventional that they will not be held back by such hindrances as assigned arm holes or leg holes. Actually, the truth is, I have not embraced this. It irks me to no end that my girls will not wear the pieces of an outfit that go together. Or the winter clothes in the winter and the summer clothes in the summer. Also, I know, some people get their shit together enough to switch their clothes around for the season (winter clothes away in the summer, summer clothes away in the winter). I don't do that. Half assed homemaking remember?!
We should embrace their creativity though. I know. I'm working on it. I have learned to bite my tongue. I do love their spirit and I'm trying to understand their styles. If only so that I don't waste money on clothing that they will never wear.
3/18/2015 04:32:49 pm
I love your blog. Not just because I'm a half-assed homemaker and mom too, but because we need to spill our guts about how effing hard it is to be a parent...and laugh, cry, and then keep holding space for our loved ones. Thank you for the reality check today. I needed that! Love to you and your family!
3/19/2015 05:57:09 am
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I'm Molly. I'm all in for parenting. I'm all in for good food. All in for big and small outdoor adventures. And really only partly in for homemaking. I want a Martha Stewart home and meal, but the truth is, we mamas just can't do it all. Not really. This shit is tricky!
This is a collection of musings and missives about parenting like you mean it. I mean really mean it. About how you can pull off a really mostly decent meal, keep your house kinda clean, do some of your laundry, and also even remember to usually feed your pets. But mostly about how being a mama is hard and we can totally rock it, but maybe that dream of perfection has got to give a little.