Over the past almost 5 years this has been not only my "name" but my job title. There are days when it is over-rated...but most days under-rated. I don't think I could even name off all of the things I've learned to do. I can think of a few things that I get to do that I could do without doing...bathroom duty comes to mind.
I get tired of hearing my name being repeated to me over and over and over again. Just like I get tired of saying yes or what in response but getting no answer. I only seem to get an answer when I start shrieking or yelling. And I get real tired of hearing myself talking at full volume.
I'm good at functioning on little, poor quality sleep as long as you don't ask me something too difficult. You might have to prompt me because sometimes my thoughts disappear out of my head before they make it to my mouth. And then I can't find them again. That is so frustrating!
The whole point of this today - being a mom does not make you a plumber.
And diaper sprayers that boast easy install - ha! Perhaps if your bathroom is shiny and new with easy access and brand new pipes. When the bolts are rusted to the pipes and you can barely see what you are doing - my advice is step away before something bad happens.
The bad that happened to me (cause why would I blather on if something good happened? where's the lesson in that?) - I got bumped from behind by a 16 month old that was "trying" to help. Which made me bang the old pipe. Which started to break off at the wall. Which caused water to spray everywhere unless I held it a certain way. Which included being hunched over the toilet while 16 month olds played in the water and the almost 5 year old used papertowels and an empty cereal box to mop the water up.
I did finally get my cousin on the phone who got my aunt. She came over and shut the water off to the entire building (sorry everyone!). We were able to get the pipe of the rest of the way by snapping it off. Which meant instead of a spray water was flowing. But eventually it stopped.
The water is now turned off only at our apartment. And I know where to shut it off in case I ever flood things again (or someone else does). The fix is actually pretty easy - a new connector and a new shut off valve.
My name is mom...I am not a plumber.
- weight/length @ 7: 55.6lbs, 48.75"
- weight/length @ 5: 42lbs, 43.5"
- weight/length @ 4: 36 lbs, 39+"
- weight/length@ 3: 32lbs, 36.5 inches
- weight/length @ 2 years: 26lbs, 33.5 inches
- weight/length @ 1 year: 18lbs, 29 inches
- walking: 11/17/08
- standing: 3/31/08
- crawling: army, 2/5/08
- first time rolling: 9/30/07, belly to back
- first smile: 9/7/07
- birth date/time: 7/8/07, 12:49am
- birth length: 19.5 inches
- birth weight: 6lbs, 1oz
- weight/length @7: 53lbs, 47.75"
- weight/length @ 5: 40 lbs, 42.25"
- weight/length @ 4: 34lbs, 38"
- weight/length 3 years: 28lbs, 35.5 inches
- weight/length 2 years: 24lbs, 6oz 33 inches
- weight/length 1 year: 18lbs, 1oz 27.5 inches
- walking: 9/1/08
- standing: 4/4/08
- crawling: army 3/16/08
- sitting alone: 2/29/08
- first time rolling: 11/23/07, back to belly
- first smile: 9/7/07
- birth date/time: 7/8/07, 12:50am
- birth length: 18.75 inches
- birth weight: 5lbs, 8oz
- weight/height @ 10 (really 10.8): 186, 5'3"
- weight/height @ 8.4 years: 113 lbs, 55.5 inches
- weight/height @ 5 years: 61lbs, 4oz 45.25 inches
- weight/length @ 4 years: 49lbs, 42 inches
- weight/length @ 3 years: 38lbs, 38 inches
- weight/length @ 2 years: 32lbs, 8oz 35.75 inches
- weight/length @ 1 year: 22lbs, 3 oz 29.5 inches
- 1st day of preschool: 9/3/08
- solo somersault: 3/4/08
- whistling: 3/2/08
- potty training: 10/7/05
- walking: 12/21/04
- standing: 8/23/04
- crawling: 8/21/04, only a week, then became a butt scoot
- first wave: 7/27/04
- rolling: 5/2/04, belly to back
- sleeping thru the night: 3/1/04
- first smile: 1/20/04
- birth date/time: 12/4/03, 10:41pm
- birth length: 20 inches
- birth weight: 7lbs