Being a better wife
Being a mom has made me a better wife. (My husband may or may not agree with that statement.) I came to this realization yesterday morning when I was furious with my husband. I was literally steaming. I decided that I wasn't talking to him and almost emailed to tell him so. Which is why it's ironic is that EJ has no idea I was mad at him.
I had an early morning meeting that meant Ethan and I needed to leave the house 45 minutes earlier than usual. EJ knew this. And yet when he left at the same time as he usually does, which happened to be the same time that Ethan and I needed to leave, he didn't even pause over the fact that Ethan was sitting on the couch, still in his pjs and diaper, drinking a cup of milk. Or that I was running around half dressed. I somehow managed to get us both ready in the next 10 minutes, which is when I should have been saying my goodbyes at daycare and heading for the train, not just putting Ethan in the car. I carried Ethan to his class, pulled his jacket off, and told Ethan, Mommy has to run, see you later. Thankfully he didn't ask me to stay for a couple of minutes like he usually does. I almost got in 5 accidents on the way to the train station, all my fault for driving like a psycho. I sprinted from the garage where I park to the train platform as the train pulled into the station three minutes late. Those three minutes were the only reason I made it to the meeting on time.
Which brings us back to me, pissed off on the train, ready to tell EJ a thing or two about why he sucks. But first I had to catch my breathe. And as my breathing slowed I thought about how I wasn't mad at Ethan for not hurrying. He's only 2. He didn't get why I was rushing or how he could help me. He didn't understand. And I realized my husband has the mentality of a 2 year old.
OK, that's not what I realized. Instead I thought about how EJ was no different from Ethan because he didn't understand what I needed, in his case because I didn't tell him. I had asked him to wake Ethan up while I was in the shower but I didn't say what else he could do. Like I would have had Ethan immediately sit on the potty so we could toss the diaper and put on underwear. I would have had him brush his teeth and told him he could have milk at school. And if Ethan protested, I still would have brushed his teeth and told him he could have milk in the car. I would have picked out clothes and helped Ethan start to get dressed. But EJ didn't know I needed him to do those things so I couldn't be mad it him. And just like that I was in a better mood and EJ was spared my wrath.
In other news, have you seen J.Lo and twins nursery pictures in the March 31st issue of And Parents magazine's letter to J.Lo about the nursery? I'm trying to decide what is the most ridiculous part. That the twins have such an elaborately ornate nursery. (I'm pretty sure it cost more to decorate their nursery than I spent to BUY my apartment.) ThatParentscommented on the safety issues of a nursery that was surely staged for the shoot. (Not saying the nursery doesn't look like that but I'm sure a stylist was handy to add stuffed animals to the cribs.) Or the bewildered comments onParentsblog about how they are overreacting because the nursery was only like that for the shoot. (Really?Parentsmagazine probably had no idea the photo session was staged and was really commenting to J. Lo on their web site because they were concerned. I'm sure it wasn't just a tool for them to get out safety information.)
I think my favorite picture is the one of J.Lo and Marc feeding the twins, in a ball gown and dress pants respectively, barefoot. Because, as a coworker pointed out, that makes them appear super casual. The lack of shoes next to the silver tray of baby items.
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