Like any new mother I made lots of mistakes after my first son was born. Small things: forgetting to take out smelly diapers; forgetting hats and mitts on cold days; making a bottle too warm. Etc., etc. I'd tell myself it was okay, because in a few years I'd be a seasoned mum and would no longer make those mistakes.
A few years later? Yeah. Still making mistakes. The small kind. The big kind. The kind that make me want to kick myself in the shin (which isn't as easy as you might think unless you're very flexible).
So. Things I learned this week:
- Never buy lace-up shoes for a baby. Because you'll spend the entire day tying and untying laces. And in the end they'll only fall off and be found two days later under the sofa.
- Never leave a toddler alone in a room with a table of paints and a bowl of blueberries. Because when you return - even if it's only been a few minutes - said paint and fruit will be smeared all over your toddler, his clothes, his brother and the table. And maybe the dog. And then you will have to stifle a scream of exasperation.
- Never do the above when your husband is going to be out the same evening, as you'll be left to handle the horror of the dual bath alone. Shudder.
- Never pick a night when you're on your own to cook a dinner that takes two hours to prepare and uses every pot, pan and utensil in your kitchen. Because you'll have to clear everything up yourself afterward.
- Never show your toddler how to switch the TV on using the remote control. I'll let you fill in the blanks.
- Never leave a stroller out in the snow for three days in a row.
What was I thinking? No idea. Probably about lying on a beach somewhere...
Talking of dinner, I made OHMommy's pierogi for dinner tonight. And though they did take a little while to prepare, they were good. I served them with sautéed onions and crumbled bacon bits sprinkled on top and sour cream on the side.