“Dude…five kids is hard. For those who aren’t in the know, I gave birth to baby number 5 two weeks ago. Quite the adjustment. We, as parents, are now VERY outnumbered.
I know I’ve said this before, but this time, I think I really mean it – I may have hit a new low in my parenting career today.
This morning, I had to drop four kids off at school. I loaded them up, drove them to their respective schools in a variety of different towns, then drove home.
When I walked back into the house, Alex was rocking the baby and asked me how I got home so fast. I had no idea what he was talking about. Until it hit me. And my jaw hit the floor.
I had forgotten to take a child…and that child was still upstairs in bed sleeping. (This was completely unbeknownst to Alex, who didn’t see me loading the kids into the car and had NO idea I had forgotten one.)
Let me say it again: I. Left. One. Of. My. Kids. At. Home. AND I never actually even realized it. It wasn’t like I was backing out of the driveway when it hit me that I was a kid short. I did a 45-minute school shuttle run and it still never hit me. When I walked back into the house it still didn’t hit me.
Most moms are able to redeem themselves at least a little bit when they eventually remember their oversight all on their own. Not me! It was only when Alex pointed out I got back early it occurred to me there must be a reason. Namely, my still-slumbering child. That’s bad. That’s real bad.
But therein lies the perks of having many children. Three out of four successfully dropped off at school is still a success rate of 75%. And that’s a passing grade in my books!
Usually I shoot for a 100% success rate with my children…but if we average this out over the course of the semester, I think I can still manage an A! Though I once again will likely not be ‘Mother of the Year’ material.”
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