Needless to say, neither of my children came with an instruction manual. And as my title states, I am learning as I go. Today I was reminded of how many little mistakes I have made in just the last week. I will only share a few—actually, today’s if I am being honest.
Life– and this blog, are too short to dwell.
First, I thought it was cute that my kids learned to knock. Seeing them put their little hands curled into a ball against a door and lightly tap, and eventually knock was a precious sight. Now, that little knocking sound follows me every time I am on the other side of a closed door. And sometimes a person just needs a minute to themselves, if you know what I mean.
Second, in an effort to distract my son from something, I showed him how to step on the diaper pail, open its top and drop a dirty diaper inside. I am not sure where the naivety came from, but I cannot unring this bell. It’s done. Somewhere inside in my mom brain, I think I imagined we’d walk away, and visit the diaper pail next time someone had a dirty diaper.
So, just like I showed him, my son stood at the diaper pail stepping on the step and reaching his hand into what I call the poop hamper, touching who knows what. I am unsure why the smell was not at all a deterrent for him, but he was able to carry on for some time. Finally, I had to take him away and wash him thoroughly. Yuck.
Lastly, I didn’t think it the worst idea to let the kids play with cars while they began their dinner. Don’t judge me here, we have let them hold things while they dined and it wasn’t really a big deal. It quickly became apparent, I was wrong, again.
As I click away at my keyboard, the die cast cars are in the dishwasher. My son jammed the front seat of the vehicle with farfalle, peppers and watermelon. My daughter, just farfalle. I had to use a knife to get them out, and I am pretty sure they did not say “dishwasher safe” on any part of them. My next blog might include how I explained to Gary, the man that fixes our dishwasher, how a car tire got stuck in the dishwasher drain.
So, basically, I am just learning as I go.