You know how as moms, we all have those days where we literally feel like we’ve lost our marbles? We’re not sure if it’s sleep deprivation or just the fact that we lose brain matter each time we have a child (Lord help me, I have 3). But the moments I’m talking about are when you wish you could melt away into the floor and disappear from whatever situation you find yourself in. Later, these types of stories are usually humorous, but at the time, not so much.
Well, y’all, it’s happened to me. Again. And this one was a doozy and I feel like I want to share it with you for a few reasons. 1. Because I love bringing you laughter and joy, even if it’s at my expense. 2. ALL moms have moments like this (maybe not as horrifying as what I’m about to share. ha!) It’s important you know you’re NOT alone. 3. Any time you feel like you’re going crazy or feeling guilty, you can think back and say, “Well, you know at least I didn’t do what Molly did…” All that being said, here’s what happened to me about two weeks ago.
The other day, I had the most relaxing, wonderful day. It was much needed as my one year old hadn’t been sleeping and running a fever (later we found out she had strep). The kids had been off school half the week already due to holidays and snow days and the one day they did have school, my oldest lasted exactly 45 minutes before I needed to pick him up and go get a staple in his head. *Sigh* The joys of motherhood. Anyways, this day, a Thursday, was finally what I needed. The sun was shining. I was able to efficiently get a lot of work done, clean the house and do some crafts with my youngest. I was feeling really wonderful about myself and this perfect day. Should’ve known better.
I went to pick my two boys up from school at 3:00 and couldn’t understand why the kids weren’t outside waiting for pick up. I mean, I was a few minutes behind but they hadn’t really moved everyone inside already, had they? Mildly annoyed that I needed to go inside with my one year old to pick up my boys now, I stomped my way in. As I entered the school, I noticed there were chairs sitting out in the hallways outside every classroom, almost like it was conferences or something…
And then it hit me. It was frickin’ conferences today! AND it was a half day!!! I was supposed to pick up my kids like 4 hours ago! And I missed both of their time slots. (Ps. They didn’t call because we send them to a small private school that just sends your kiddos to after care if you don’t make it for pick up and we all know this is the process). Needless to say, I felt like the biggest fool knowing that my boys had been in after care for the past 4 hours while I was a mile away at home. A mile y’all. I was a mile away at home sipping coffee and lounging on the couch.
I literally froze in the hallway as the realization hit me and was honestly in shock for a few minutes. I rushed to the after-care classroom and there they were, waiting for me. As soon as I entered the room, my middle child started crying. I felt horrible! Here my son was probably suffering from feelings of abandonment. I ran over to him and hugged him, profusely apologizing for forgetting them. He pushed me back to look in my eyes and said, “Mom, can you just leave and come back in a few minutes? I’m not done with my LEGOs”…. (eyerolls upon eyerolls).
So apparently I hadn’t scarred my children. After speaking with them, they actually had the best day ever and were sad I was there to pick them up. Whew, huge relief. I didn’t scar my children for life by forgetting about them (for FOUR HOURS *sob*). The teachers were completely understanding (more than I would have been) and we rescheduled for the next week.
After I took some time to calm down and stop relishing over the fact that I forgot my own children, I realized everything was fine. The boys had such a wonderful time they actually cried when I told them they couldn’t go back to after-care the next day. Truth be told, my middle son actually prayed that I would forget them again so they could go to after-care. And the teachers were amazingly nice and I actually had had a much needed, relaxing day. Maybe the universe knew I needed a break that day.
Moms, when you are having a rough day or something slips your mind that makes you feel completely brain dead, just remember that we are raising humans and on very little sleep. We are rockstars. We have the hardest job on the planet and we’re all going to have moments like this. And you know what, no matter what happens, at least you aren’t the one who forgot her children for half of the day. Hahaha.