I am not perfect, nor are any of us…I hope…and if you are congratulations.
My daughter no longer naps. She hasn’t napped for awhile on a regular basis, but last week, sure enough, 20 minutes before her soccer practice she passed out on my bed while I was folding laundry. I knew she would be sad if she missed soccer. She fell asleep wearing one of her princess costumes, so I figured I would take off the costume and get her dressed while she slept to save time. I got her in her shirt, pants and socks. I even put her shinguards on while she slept and than her shoes. I woke her up and carried her to the car to head to soccer practice.
My husband came to soccer practice and was sitting next to me and we both commented on how she seemed a little “off”. She is normally really fast, but seemed a little slower than her normal self and was slightly awkward when dribbling the ball. She fell over a couple times, but had a smile on her face the whole time and was giggling and loving soccer like usual.
At the very end of practice the couch calls the parents on to the field to pick up our kids. As we are standing there on the field…with the other parents…at the very end of practice…my husband leans over to me and says “Are her shoes on the wrong feet?” I looked down and almost started crying. My poor little monkey had ran around the whole soccer practice with her shoes on the wrong feet, but never once complained. I felt so incredibly bad. It was an accident on my part that when she was sleeping I put her shoes on while she was laying down and they ended up on the wrong feet. I still felt like the worst mom ever though that I didn’t even notice. Relatively speaking, this is so tiny, so small, yet made me feel so bad that first and foremost it probably was very uncomfortable, if not painful, for my daughter. Secondly, I felt bad that my daughter would be embarrassed when we realized that her shoes were on the wrong feet. And third, as a mom, I struggle with this regularly, I didn’t want the other parents to look down on me or judge me for not noticing her shoes on the wrong feet. Isn’t that so bad that I even worry about that? But I do! Why do I even care what they think right? I think a lot of moms struggle with this and I am one of them.
I wanted to share this because motherhood is filled with moments like this. Again, I am not perfect and these moments are very humbling, but happen to us all. I think every parent should be given a big hug and congratulated everyday. Even if you are rarely told, your child appreciates you and needs you 🙂
I would love to hear other parent fails so we can all make each other feel better 😉