Monday, May 9, 2011

The Best Laid (Mother's Day) Plans


My first official Mother's Day didn't go as any of us expected. It turns out, the very person that caused us to celebrate the day in the first place (ahem, Gabe) was the one who threw the wrench in all of our plans. Motherhood at it's best, I suppose.  Anywho, this past week, Gabe had come down with another cold. Since I can't blame daycare, I blame the weather. One day we're sunny and 85, the next it's a rainy 50. With his wee little immune system, he doesn't stand a chance. Luckily besides the river of snot flowing from his nose, his demeanor hadn't changed and he was pretty happy-go-lucky. Then came Saturday, we spent the evening at my goddaughter's First Communion party...where she looked so so pretty (and just like her daddy, Gabe's godfather).



Anyway, Gabe's mood finally turned. See look above. It all went downhill from here. Snot + tears = a big ol mess on my shoulder. Anyway, we brought him home, put him to bed and headed to bed early ourselves, exhausted from dealing with his clinginess all afternoon.  Unbeknownst to me, this was actually the first part of John's Mother's Day plans to go awry. He was going to be sending me over to our guest house for the night with a new book and I wasn't going to come back until breakfast was made for me. But since Gabe was sick, John knew I needed to be here so those plans went out the window.

We got our first wakeup call at 3am via a screaming baby. I woke up, fed him and went to put him back to sleep. Only he decided he wanted to stay up and crawl around. Ughhh. Luckily John took him and went downstairs, letting me finish out the night in a deep sleep. However, when i got up at 8, there was none of the breakfast waiting for me since John needed to get some sleep himself. So I took over and me and Gabe hung out for awhile until John woke up. We decided to grab some Panera and go on a picnic. I grabbed our red & white picnic basket and had visions of a cutesy photo shoot in the grass.  Well every park we went to was packed and by the time we found one that wasn't, Gabe had fallen asleep. So we ate in the car out of the brown bag.

We waited for Gabe to wake up and we headed over to the playground. The poor kid was a classic dirty baby with dried snot and drool all over but since I'm constantly attacking his nose with wipes, I let him alone for a few minutes.

He humored us by going on the swing for a few...


Oh and to add to the dirty baby syndrome, he's got a sweet little bruise on his forehead from having a collision with the tv. I should probably get used to that right?



Then he went down the slide for the first time. Of course, this playground is all new and wussified. I need some hot metal swings and slides baking in the sunshine like when we were kids.


But really, he wanted nothing to do with it.


Saddest kid on the playground.

Luckily I got another break when we got home while the boys went to the grocery store and I hung out with the Real Housewives of NY. I was able to watch an entire episode while lying still on my couch. It was real nice. And so was dinner. John cooked me his signature dish, Chicken Saltimbocca and homemade ice cream sandwiches for dessert. So while the day didn't go as planned, I got to spend it with my two dudes and that's pretty much all I can ask for. Besides a parade.

and a vote :)

16 comments:

SarahK said...

Those pics are pricesless. You're giving that baby all a little boy could want and he looks indifferent.

Glad you still enjoyed the day- reminds me of 3 of the 15 words the priest told us about...the key of a successful marriage: "let's eat out."

momma j lee ♥ said...

The lil guy takes pretty amazing photos for such a sick kid. And you're right, a day with the boys is all a mother could want! Happy Mothers Day! :)

LizzieBeth said...

haha, I have never seen a child so uninterested in a swing. Poor little guy have really been not feeling well, because swings are the BOMB.

Totally agree with you about the wussified playgrounds-- the one my nieces play on has rubber under the mulch. I played on CONCRETE SON! That's how the hard knocks roll.

Happy First Mothers Day ;)
LB

Mandy said...

Those darn babies, screwing up our Mother's Day. ;) I'm glad that you were able to find the joys in simple things. Motherhood is all about improvising after all! :) Hope he gets to feeling better soon!

Ali said...

Playgrounds are far too safe these days. I remember my first elementary school had this ridiculous wood playground with secret hideaways, turrets and slides that give you splinters when you ran your hands down the side as you slid down. Character builders, I say.

Gabe's expressions are similar to Stewie's when Lois took him to the playground. Happy belated Mother's Day! Still rockin' the cut.

Emily said...

I mean, that's probably what we should get used to, right? I'm glad you were able to celebrate a little bit though, you deserve it, mama!

Jennifurla said...

Happy mothers day, sounds like you have a great husband too!

Katie said...

Aw, poor pup really does look tired/sick. I hope he feels better soon! :(

Katie said...

Aw, poor pup really does look tired/sick. I hope he feels better soon! :(

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

You can totally tell he isn't himself in the last few pictures. Poor little booger. What a good momma you are! I guess you'll just have to have your very own Mother's Day when he's feeling better.

Isrut said...

Hilarious pictures. He's like, "meh"

/Been voting!

michelle said...

Oh no...sick babies are the worst...so sad and pitiful:( Glad you still got to enjoy parts of your first Mother's Day; we had a similar debacle last year if it makes you feel any better. I, too, had to remind myself that quality time with my boys (and the Real Housewives) makes everything perfect:)

Leigh said...

Oh dear, I'm sorry. John's plan sounded so sweet though. I hope Gabe is better soon.

Project Shannon said...

So sorry your day didn't go as planned - but at least you got dinner out of the mix! Happy Mom's Day!

Lisa said...

Ahhh thank you for confirming my plans to never have children. Sorry your 1st Mothers Day stank!

Jackie said...

Ahh man, kids screw everything up!! J/K..kinda. No I'm joking. A little...

Poor little Gabe, he looks so tired in these pics. My girls and I have been fighting weird cold/allergy symptoms for the past two months-I totally blame our wacko weather too. I think the weather is turning on us and soon our planet is going to be uninhabitable. Is that a word?

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