This always happens.
When the boys are climbing where they shouldn’t or being too loud, I quickly go to “Calgon, Take Me Away” daydreams but when they are at school, I miss them.
I’m now laughing on the inside thinking about yesterday.
Yesterday was MY witching hour around 5 pm when I was making dinner and shuffling Baby O somewhere she can be part of our family scene but also out of brothers’ way.
I heard myself repeatedly bellowing, “Get out your homeworks NEE-OW! If Mommy has to ask again, you will regret it!” In my frustration, I had forgotten the boys’ request to never pronounce “NOW” as “NEE-OW!!” So you know Mama wasn’t having it.
Then I started judging myself because I knew I was becoming cranky when they were just being kids.
The boys had walked with me and Olive in her Snap n Go, from school to doctor to playground in yesterday’s weirdly-windy-but-not-yet-cold weather.
Everything took longer than I had imagined. The doctor’s office staff seemed like they just did not want to deal with people, period.
And this is the easy phase as Olive has never had a diaper blowout or even needed me to change her during afterschool play. All she does is coo and beam at us, our family mascot.
But the boys never just “walk” with me. They gallop, run, pick berries and rocks, trailing far behind me even after I say, “If you behind me, someone can take you and I won’t even know! A dark van can roll up looking for two Asian boys to snatch and I won’t even know if you don’t walk ahead of me!”
I knew I was getting cranky when I had to repeat myself, “Don’t run on the grass. People leave dog poop there!” By the time I had to repeat myself for the third time, sarcasm had kicked in, “Please continue on the grass! Don’t even think about walking on the sidewalk. Enjoy the fresh poop you will step in.” (I did manage to laugh when Micah pointed out, “But Mommy, that one poop is shaped EXACTLY like a duck!” It was.)
By the time dinner and homework had to be done, I just wanted to sit down and do nothing. Crack my toe knuckles and be done. But we had the busiest hours coming up – dinner, homework, baths, clean up, prepare for the next day.
Every request was annoying me.
“Mommy, can we have some tater tots with the galbi?”
Sigh. I could have said no but their galbi dinner could have used some potato.
“Sure, let me turn the oven on. And lemme warn you that Mommy is cranky because I’m just really tired. Can you pray for me so that I don’t She-Hulk?”
“Dear God, please help our mom not become She-Hulk. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
“Thank you, my beauties.”
Boys are whispering to each other, cupping ears. They both come up to me, beaming. Ellis is the appointed spokesperson for this exchange:
“Mommy, WE APPWEECIATE YOU!…Can we have some tater tots?”
“Thank you so much for telling me you appreciate me especially when Mommy is cranky. That means so much to me.
Now, I said I have to first warm up the oven so yes to the tater tots but NO to asking me again. For some reason, Mommy gets annoyed when I am already making the food and you guys ask about it, aight? Please be patient.”
16 minutes later:
“Mommy, I’m not asking about the tater tots, right?”
Epilogue: I took a 30 minute nap at 7 pm and emerged only with a growling belly and no trace of She-Hulk.