Last evening, storms were forecast ed and so our planned pool trip was out. Instead, my husband raced home to mow before it rained. I picked up the kids and headed to the grocery store. We decided to grab a bite to eat at the McDonalds.
Since it was an unexpected trip, I did not have the diaper bag. I also didn't have an ice pack to keep the expressed milk cold while we were shopping.
Instead, I grabbed a diaper and pack of wipes from the "extra stash" I keep in my car, transferred those to the little cooler bag, put the bottles of pumped milk in the little cooler bag and carried it inside. I added some ice from the soda fountain and voila - the milk stayed cold until I got home.
Bugaboo chose our impromptu gathering to blow up his diaper. So off to the bathroom to change him. Didn't have a table cover. So used some paper towels. He screeched a little when I wiped him - guess that pack of wipes on ice was a little cold !! (oops) He then drooled all over himself, and wasn't too neat about eating the yogurt I got him. Of course I did not have baby food or a bib in my "bag of extras."
So we make it home just as the skies open up. Bugaboo is starving - it was his first taste of yogurt so I wouldn't let him have more than a few bites. Husband remarks, "you should keep an extra container of food in the car."
I talked with a friend last night and we were talking about our evenings. She said to me, "Enola you are so organized. I never would have thought about keeping extra diapers and wipes in the car."
My response - "If I were really organized, I would keep the diaper bag packed in the car. Or have food and a spoon in the car. And an extra set of disposable changing table covers."
She laughed and said, "will you ever cut yourself a break? Pat yourself on the back for remembering diapers and wipes, improvising with the ice and move on. You can't be perfect."
She's right. Bugaboo got a clean, dry diaper. Munchkin and I got a laugh at his surprised face with the cold wipes. We laughed harder when we each "just had to" take a cold wipe and put it on our own necks just to see how cold it really was. Bugaboo got to try yogurt and a McDonald's french fry. No one suffered. We all had fun. Grocery shopping is done.
My friend told me to focus more on what I accomplish and to take just a minute to allow myself to bask in the glory of a task completed, before I move on to what I haven't done or should have done. I think she's right.