when you're a parent.
This morning I spend a good 20 minutes sitting on the side of the bath tub in the boys bathroom. I was having a conversation with LG about his birthday. Mostly about how we would have Abby Cadabby at the "family" party, and Mickey Mouse at the "friends" party. The whole time he was sitting on the toilet pooping.
Did you hear the tires screeching, too? WHO DOES THAT? Who has a whole conversation, sitting in front of someone on the toilet? Even if you're a restroom talker (which I am not), there is still a stall wall between you. Nope, not this morning. Only because I'm his Mom. I knew if I got up, he'd get up, too. Whether or not he was done, he'd get up. Ugh.
I've noticed other horrible things I would never have considered before cropping up in my regular day.
Before? If I had something on my shirt, I'd immediately change into something clean. Now? I try to judge if people will notice it and comment (yup, it has to merit a COMMENT to get me to change now).
Before? The 5 second rule only applied in my house, and houses of other trusted friends without pets. Now? I'll pick little o's binki up off the floor at church, put it in my mouth to clean it and give it back to him. How horribly disgusting is that?
Before? I would blow the occasional sick day for the sake of mental health. A nice cold stay spend sitting on the couch with a warm blanket and a good book is good for the soul, I'd say. Now? I go to work as long as I'm not bleeding out the eyes and coughing up a lung because I know I'll need those sick days when the plague goes around school. And nothing pisses me off more than having a conversation with my boss about the number of sick days I racked up when LG had salmonella.
People aren't kidding when they say kids make you do strange things. Things you never thought you'd do before. I wonder if the change is permanent. Because I have to tell you, I'm looking forward to the days when I can lock the bathroom door and go with the 1 occupant at a time rule again.