Sometimes we just had to leave the house.
So we would walk.
I would put the little one, then about 10-months-old, in the carrier to save my arms.
I can remember the weight of her, the layer of sweat that would form between our bodies, and the way she would reach her chubby hands out and point at things.
She was so darn cute when she was strapped to me. Twenty-four access to milk and mommy’s face to touch were all she ever wanted.
We would follow my 3-year-old boy as he wandered the neighborhood in search of new sticks and rocks to add to his ever-increasing collection.
This day was particularly beautiful out. Spring was showing all over the neighborhood with bright purple flowers climbing a fence, ladybugs swarming the base of the neighbors Oak Tree and sunflowers reaching about knee level.
My boy skipped ahead and started playing a game involving counting, quick sprints and startling fast stops. I kept my distance so I didn’t run into him.
Then he fell.
I caught up to him and tried to calm his screams.
That boy could yell so loudly for such a small thing.
I could see both his knees were bleeding and one of his hands.
We are three LARGE blocks from the house.
“Can you walk?”
“You have to stop screaming, you might make people think you’re really hurt.”
I took the baby out of the carrier and sat her in the neighbor’s yard.
I grabbed him up, told him it would be OK, swung him and the carrier around to my back and adjusted the straps until he was securely tied to me.
He stopped screaming.
He buried his face into my now sweaty hair and I’m pretty sure blew his nose.
I wasn’t really going for that “model mom” look anyway.
Then I realize I still have to carry chubby girl home.
In a maneuver, that thankfully nobody witnessed, I widened my legs and SLOWLY inched myself forward to grab the baby. I had to be careful not to topple over and kill her.
It was hard!
That’s when I noticed she has crawled next to the flower patch and apparently feasted on mud. She opened her mouth to smile at me and I could see nothing but dirty drool. She also managed to have it smeared into her hair and on most of her clothing.
She looked very pleased.
I do manage to get her in my arms and I start walking.
I’m sure you can picture it.
Here I am walking down the street in my suburban Rocklin neighborhood. You know…perfect lawns and nice SUV’s all around.
It doesn’t escape my attention that I look like a lunatic.
I get it.
I am carrying a very HEAVY three-year-old on my back that is bleeding, softly crying and repeating in a very loud voice, “can you walk any faster?”
I am also carrying a 10-month-old that looks like I found her in a ditch somewhere drooling dirt onto my shirt and occasionally shoving her muddy hands into my face providing me with a nice little paint job.
I get it.
The several elderly neighbors out “weeding” their already perfect lawns had no idea what to make of me. They stared and shook their heads in judgment.
An impossibly fit mother jogged past with her twin babies happily, and very CLEANLY, eating snacks in their $10,000 custom-stroller that just happened to match her outfit. She sneered at me.
I laughed and continued to lug my darling offspring all the way home silently saying to myself, “judge all you want, cause I’m a badass.”
I. Am. Awesome.
The moments when things get ridiculous and I do things outrageous for my children are some of my favorites. It’s those dirty, crazy and insane moments that make everything else worth it for me.
I’m a messy mom who sometimes does things over-the-top for my kids.
I can’t do it any other way.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Here they are all little and cute and stuff. I miss those days.
Bridgette– What an incredible memory! It is those tiniest of moments that define who we are and you ARE a badass, and a very good Mom. Thank you for sharing your moment!