It never ceases to amaze me how motherhood is full of so many ups and downs. One minute you've got rosy children quietly reading books on their laps, classical music playing, and you're thinking how sunny life is. The next minute your toddler has fiddled and possibly broken the cd player, the music has stopped, the phone is ringing and the other kids are running through the house making more noise than you thought imaginable from two small children!!!! You reach for the panadol.....
I was going to do a post last night on my ups and downs of yesterday, but was too tired - probably from the downs we experienced..... :) But this morning didn't fail to provide me with more ups and downs to share and I'm grabbing a quiet half hour to do so while the children rest.
My biggest down this morning most definitely happened whilst in the library. Are you ready for a ripper of a story?? Here goes. We had done our market shopping, swapped veggies for books at the car and headed on down to the library. One of those lovely "isn't motherhood grand?" moments occurred as I plucked books from the shelves and watched Saraya and Elijah happily sitting and reading together (cue angels singing......) when suddenly, William appeared from behind the DVD racks, walking toward me and telling me a big babbly story about something. I looked up and to my horror he was holding his nappy. His nappy? Surely his nappy was on his bottom? No, it was in his hand. And it was full of poo. It had come off, from inside his overalls and down his leg. Apparently it had happened over at the DVD rack and he had carried it all the way over to me. There was poo on his hands. Poo down his legs. Poo through his sandals. Poo all through his overalls. And yes. Lovely blobs of smelly poo on the library carpet (cue dramatic frantic mummy music.....).
Well the next few minutes were a blur as I grabbed the wipes, gave Saraya the job of restraining William (to her dismay) and quickly wiped up the blobs of poo off the carpet before anyone noticed what had happened. Thankfully the poo came up easily, but the job of wiping up a very horrid William while he wriggled and fussed and drew more attention to us than I wanted..... let's just say it wasn't a good moment!!!! Half a packet of wipes later and the smell was dissipating, Will was clean and walking around barefoot in nothing but a t-shirt and nappy, and boy was I ready to leave the library! We checked out some books and leave we did.
Bring on the highest point of my morning!!! (I mean comparatively speaking, anything would have been great after that experience..) I took the children to lunch at our favourite local cafe, Between the Buns. These guys have wonderfully healthy, yummy, affordable lunch options, delicious smoothies and the best organic locally grown coffee around!! And very very genuine service to boot.
The coffee tasted especially good today. :)
And my chicken, spinach, sundried tomato and bocconcini toasted panini was sensational!
The children had their usual chicken, cheese and avocado toasted panini and a banana/mango smoothie to share - yum! The waitress actually put it into individual cups for them.
Lunch out improved everyone's mood and we came home happy. :) William went straight in a lavender bath, then to bed, and the older children and I read a few stories before their quiet time. But they're up again now so I'd better go.
Life with little ones sure is full of surprises, isn't it?! You can plan your day but never really know how things will pan out. :) Just got to enjoy those peaceful moments when they happen as they're hard to plan in. I've really learnt over the years to seize opportunities for rest and recovery or a quiet cup of tea when they present themselves, because you never know how long they will last. ;)Stuart is away tonight at the Wakakirri finals, supporting Riverside, but thankfully I don't have to cook tea as we have some of the pizzas I made yesterday leftover. Hooray for leftovers!! And hooray for motherhood. You just have to laugh, or you'll cry. :)