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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Backpack? Check. Teeth Brushed? Check.

Posted by She Said

Emily started Kindergarten this week, and she has loved it. She loves the special cubby where her new Hello Kitty backpack goes. She loves her teacher, adoringly known among the parents as “The Kindergartener Whisperer”. And boy, does Emily love the special playground that is just for Kindergarteners.

Even with this excitement for school, getting ready in the morning and out the door has not become any easier on me. Any particular chore in the morning makes me sound like a broken record:

Me: Emily, Braedyn, get your shoes on please. It’s time to go. <me running around collecting backpacks>

Me: Emily. Braedyn. Time to go. Please get your shoes on. <me brushing my own teeth>

Me: It’s time to go!! Get your shoes on! <me making sure lunch and snacks are appropriately packed>

Me: Emily! Braedyn! Get your shoes on! NOW! <me watching my children blow bubbles in the backyard WITHOUT SHOES>

Me: GET YOUR SHOES ON! GET YOUR SHOES ON! GET YOUR SHOES ON! GET YOUR SHOES ON! GET YOUR SHOES ON! GET YOUR SHOES ON! GET YOUR SHOES ON! GET YOUR SHOES ON! GET YOUR SHOES ON! GET YOUR SHOES ON! GET YOUR SHOES ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <me spinning my head, pulling out my hair, and foaming at the mouth>

Good times.

So, once we are at school, Emily picks out the “Kindergarten only” swing with the least amount of bird poop on it, sits, and begs me to push her. I oblige, knowing the time will come when the pumping of legs will render me useless in this task. There I am, lovingly pushing my daughter on the swing on her second day of Kindergarten, and I start to run through the checklist in my head, hoping that I remembered everything in the mad dash out the door.

Backpack? Check.

Teeth brushed? Check.

Snack packed? Check.

Hair done? Check.

I continue to push Emily. She is happy. I am happy. And then as her dress flows up in the breeze…

Underwear on? Oh. Dear. God. Say. It. Isn’t. So. CRAP.

That’s right. My daughter went to school in a dress. Commando.

I let out a mumbled, yet loud, “ohmygodwhatamIgoingtodo?” intermingled with a gasp of epic magnitude. Thankfully, my friend, Emma, came to the rescue. Her oldest of three is in Emily’s class, but the poor middle child, who is only about a year younger than Emily, had her “knickers” taken from her and given to Emily for the day. Crisis averted.

We always knew that Emily had a soft spot in her heart for the Playa, so I blame myself for not double checking her “knicker” status. Trust me, it’s now at the top of my daily checklist.

12 comments:

  1. Ha! Here's to having only a boy!

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  2. Laughing out loud! Too cute :) I'm so glad you pushed her on the swings before school - imagine that phone call from the office because someone saw her at circle time. I'm also pleased that I'm not the only one loosing it as we make the mad dash for the door...

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  3. OMG, I'm gonna have a heart attack. That's so something that would happen to us. And I,Rodius, don't get too smug. There's plenty of room left for some loose shorts to expose a little too much hangin' brain at circle time if the boy walks out with only one layer.;)

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  4. I distinctly remember being at school one day and wondering why my skirt felt funny. I had my pajama bottoms on under the skirt. Thankfully they were short and long legged! I didn't have any place to put them so I left them on all day!

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  5. This happened to me when my daughter was in preschool. How I found out: She was on the swings, airing it out. At least I was there to mitigate.

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  6. And isn't it great how after the 10th and (thankfully) last "OMG, PUT YOUR SHOES ON!" they go, "Geez, you don't have to be mean about it!". Sigh

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  7. I know exactly how you must have felt. It's not great: the moment you think you've got everything down to pat, and THEN realize you forgot something so basic! At least she brushed her teeth.

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  8. Kylie @ MomsOverBoardMay 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Being a mom is a 24 hour job. It is never easy and restless. Either way, just hold on and guide her all the way.


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  9. It could be irritating sometimes when parents check on you every minute. I used to even complain to my dentist in Las Vegas because my mom used to bring me in the dental clinic every week. She's just a little bit too OC.

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  10. As my dentist tucson always say "Always brush your teeth". Funny. Nice article by the way!

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  11. Of course! Toothbrush and toothpaste is always the number one thing needed on my list. I really feel uncomfortable without brushing my teeth for some reason.

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  12. You really need all that to go out. I can't imagine myself without my toothbrush with me. I would go nuts.

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