It’s been a long weekend.
I got ambitious and decided to make some Halloween pillow covers for our couch pillows. And some candy corn shaped pillows. Why not?
So on Saturday I take Jake with me to go buy fabric. But he was just crying. Like all the time. Just whining and crying and I eventually left Hobby Lobby cause it was just embarrassing to walk around trying to pick fabric while your baby is losing it.
And I decided Walmart would be a better bet. Less choices, simpler decisions, in and out.
But then that turned out to be a horrible idea, too. I found exactly what I was looking for, loaded a few bolts of fabric in my cart, and waited for the walmart lady to cut them to size.
But there was a lady in front of me. Who had literally a million yards of fabric.
I decided to walk around the store a little, and every time I came back to the fabric place hoping they were done, she was STILL in the process of getting all her fabric cut up/priced.
I’m standing there, hoping she’s noticing my dirty side glances, while Jake is just crying. Just sitting there in the cart, sad as can be. Which just added to my stress.
Then the lady comes over. And starts tickling Jake’s feet. And there was peace on earth.
I couldn’t be mad at her anymore. Don’t you hate that?
All of a sudden it hit me that MY stress makes Jake feel that way, too. When I”m unhappy, Jake can sense that and gets grumpy. So I changed my attitude, and started being happy, and Jake was back to his normal giggly self.
We finally got to the check out line, and the sticker for the fabric cuts fell off. So I had to go back. Again. To get all the fabric measured and priced. Again.
In the end everything was fine. But it was hard. Sometimes parenting is hard. And sometimes your kids are the ones who are screaming in the cart. And it makes you want to curl up in a ball and just scream “WHAT DO YOU WANT?!”
But your mood makes a huge difference in your children’s behavior. Even when it’s hard, its so important for your kids to feel like everything is okay. Even when you don’t feel great or are tired or just hate the world.
So here’s to figuring out parenting. And not judging parents in stores with crazy kids because we have all been there.