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We’re either moving to Ohio or staying in Wisconsin and doing the 2010 holidays over Skype January 2, 2010

Posted by Erin F. Wasinger in Being a mama, Holidays, Kind of unreasonable.
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Every hour Alice would wake up to cry and roll around in the Pack ‘n Play at the foot of the bed, snot dripping down her face and her left eye swollen and red.

We’d rock in the chair in my mom’s living room just long enough for my burning eyes to close, and then she’d wake up and repeat the process of loudly proclaiming her hatred of all things life-related. Around 5 a.m., a bed-headed Dave held her head still between his hands while I shoved the Tylenol dropper in her protesting mouth, her warm body squirming and kicking.

Ah, holiday memories.

Then I laid her down between Dave and I in the bed in the spare room, with the Tylenol still sticky on her cheek. She cuddled next to Dave, and I cuddled next to her, and the baby kidney punched Alice and Alice didn’t complain.

The holidays are great ’til you’re eight hours away from your own bed, and your toddler has dried goop around her nose and eyes, and it’s 5 a.m., and all you can think about is how many snot-nosed, whiny memories you’ll be cementing in that eight-turned-10-hour drive back to Wisconsin tomorrow, and the work you’ve got to return to Monday at 8 a.m.

Ah yes. Let’s have another child. And move somewhere far away. GREAT IDEA, ERIN AND DAVE.

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