Anyone who knows me knows that I pride myself on being ON TIME! In my family, me being on time is late. Even though I am a failure in that aspect, I feel like being an on time person is something to be proud of. Then, I had a baby, and all of that got shot to shit. I am here to tell you new moms out there that it is HARD to get to anywhere on time. As a matter of fact, you can mostly disregard any schedule you think you have because your new schedule will be no schedule at all. And when the time comes that you actually have to be somewhere, albeit a pediatrician appointment, or even a small family gathering, you will have a heck of a time getting out of the door on time. Once you know and accept that the rest will get easier….I promise.
I remember giving myself over 20 minutes to get myself to our pediatrician that was about 5 minutes away. I was terrified to drive, and the idea of getting the infant carrier in and out of the car, then up to the doctor seemed like forever away. Each time I did it it got easier, but I still give myself extra time.
Getting out of the door is the biggest problem. Can you believe that I STILL forget how long it takes to get both me and my son ready to go anywhere? I will tell you this….there is no doubt in my mind that the moment you are running late (which you will), and you THINK you are ready to walk out the door will be the exact moment your son or daughter will decide to crap his or her pants. AND that crap will no doubt be what I like to call an “up and out” one which leaves their clothes (and maybe yours) a mess. You then in turn have to change the baby’s diaper, and clothes and make an effort to get out the door again.
I was the QUEEN of forgetting things. There wasn’t a day that would go by that I wouldn’t get into my car, buckle up and realize that I forgot something inside. That pregnancy brain does not go away…Baby brain is so much worse! That new mom fog is thick and deep. IT’S OK!
I think if you know how hard it is to get out of the house you may give yourself more time? MAYBE? I’m 15 months in and still think a half hour is enough time to get both me and my son ready. YA right! With him running all over getting into trouble nothing ever gets done, but I still don’t get it. Always learning right? I’m sure some of you are saying “wait till you have more kids!”…..oh boy…I can only imagine.
So new moms? Just accept that you will most likely always be late. It’s ok….