July 8, 2009

Sometimes Being Late Is Right On Time

I am right on schedule to make us late for the park today, as usual. A rare moment of all my early bird children playing together nicely is a cause for me to sneak in some laptop time. In full view of a well-worn kitchen and laundry folded on my couch. Hey- it's folded.

Today I was supposed to be at a blogger event for Sears Holding Company/Kmart Designs but it interfered with me being a Mom. I did drive out to the cocktail dinner yesterday and it was so fun. It has me aching for BlogHer. I enjoy hanging out with other bloggers so much- especially the delightful and engaging people I was with last night. I was sad to say goodbye. I almost went to a late movie with Erica, Lori, Christine, & Gabrielle but I wasn't in the mood to be THAT Mom with her baby in a movie theatre ten o'clock at night.

I was already THAT Mom just by bringing a baby to the party where everyone was cherishing time away from their kids, and by letting her growl and fuss and throw pretzel sticks at the bus boy. Complete with me sitting in the middle of the room in my skirt and allowing her to crawl all over me and nurse and then trample on everyone's feet. (And try to take a bite of some feet.)

[Baby Jude's tasty feet.]

But her cuteness seemed to trump any annoyances.

[psst you might want to be following @kmartdesign for some goodies up ahead]

So, I would have loved to hang out late with the girls last night but I am so glad I got home in time to be a better Mom today. I seriously wish I was at the summit, and the Sears Holding Company was crazy wonderfully accommodating, but I just couldn't work it out with the four kids and my rule is that if Daddy can't stay with them, I don't go.

And we're already late for the park...



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27 comments:

  1. We really need to get to the park with you.

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  2. Hope you have fun at the park! Great photos too BTW! :-)

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  3. There's nothing wrong with being THAT parent =)

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  4. I appreciate your philosophy that if daddy can't watch the kids, you don't go! That is how we do it at our house too... Annika has only been with someone else twice... EVER and for very short amounts of time. Some people don't understand that... but it is what is right for our family. (and it sounds like yours.)

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  5. Sounds so fun! I would love to get together like that with other moms. Maybe one day!

    That Ivy of yours is so sweet. I know how you feel about never wanting to leave her. Last night I went out after she went to bed for a Bachelorette party and I couldn't stop checking my phone to look at her picture and to check for texting from daddy just in case. :)

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  6. In our house, it's if Daddy OR Nana can't watch them, we don't go. My mom lives with us, so it is kinda nice.

    Ivy is too cute!

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  7. She is adorable. And she has a wonderful mommy.

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  8. Being THAT Mom, the one that actually enjoys her children and puts them before other obligations, is one of the things that makes you one of my favorite bloggers. It'll be different when they're older, but keep cherishing all the mommy time you can with them now. :)

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  9. Ivy is so adorable. Hope you made it to the park!

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  10. It was so wonderful to meet you! No one cared about your little cutie being there! She was the life of the party!

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  11. As of 5 years ago, I became a big fan of being late. Because about 5 years ago I was late for school one day and I ended up seeing this cute guy on his hott racing bicycle in his hott cycling spandex, and I immediately fell in love. And pulled up beside him and had a short conversation with him. (I had been introduced to this cute guy before, but hadn't fallen head-over-heels until that very day when I saw him on his bike.)

    So, if I hadn't been late that day, I probably would have missed out on a ton of fun having to do with all the hallowed marital bliss and whatnot that we have today.

    I married that cute guy in hott spandex.

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  12. I love your rule about going!! Im right there with ya!! :)

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  13. I am always late! I try so hard not to be, but something always happens that causes me to be late!

    Ivy is beautiful!

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  14. What a great mom with all the right priorities. Ivy is absolutely adorable!

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  15. that sounds like me too! They grow up too fast... keep 'em close while they're young! :) so special!

    britt

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  16. I love her! I mean that. I just love her. She's such a little lady.

    I'm usually late to everything, even when I try really hard to be on time.

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  17. I'm always late always have been. I need to plan to be anywhere an hour before I'm supposed to just to be only a 1/2 late. Hope you have fun at the park!

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  18. Have fun at the park, and don't worry, being THAT parent is sometimes just what you need. I really wish I could be at BlogHer this year-maybe next year!

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  19. The photos are so cute, as always.
    I have the same rules, we don't even have a babysitter to call.

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  20. so if daddy can't stay with them you don't go? we're not into babysitters either (juliet is 9 months) - and i wonder if this has always been your rule and how it's worked out.

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  21. Well, for over night trips I definitely only leave them with Daddy or I don't go. And if it's a really long day, I'd rather them be with Daddy, too. We will occasionally leave the kids with their grandparents for about 2 hours every now and then.

    Steph

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  22. Oh whatever--she {and baby Jude} totally lit up the room and had us all smiling : )

    It was great to meet you too--hopefully we will meet again soon!

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  23. I agree with Jolly Mom - Ivy and Jude were the highlight of the evening!

    Hugs and kisses to Ivy!!

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  24. I think you and I were meant to be sisters. Or maybe it's just that AP mommy mojo setting in. Regardless, I wanted to tell you KUDOS for this post. It is so refreshing to hear of another mom that doesn't like to let her children out of her sight. I always feel like I'm the outcast, but I honestly feel sorry for so many children today (and their parents who have no idea what they're missing!). Keep up the good parenting, and thanks for the smiles. :)

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  25. Oh I can't wait for BlogHer. We are going to have so much fun!!!

    I also love that Ivy wears the dresses I made for her so much. It makes me feel so good to see pictures of her on your blog in these cute dresses.

    xoxo!

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  26. Ivy is a doll. She is so cute and we all had such a wonderful time. See you next week :)

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  27. It's so awesome to see you putting your family first. That is very inspirational.

    And I think it's fantastic that Ivy goes with you everywhere. You are like two peas in a pod.

    Keep doing what you're doing!

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