Life with a toddler is completely and totally insane, but also completely and totally blessed. Yesterday was a slightly more chaotic and unproductive day (business wise – I did not do anything that I wanted to get done, done.) But it was a day filled with memories and fun.
We got up early, the single biggest drawback of being a single car household is that when I need the car I have to take Riaan into work, and he is working some crazy hours at the moment…so we left before 6. When I moved into the driver’s seat, Lucas gestured that he wanted to get out. I thought that he was after some milk, but actually he just wanted to explore around the car: checking out the indicator lever, the safety belt, the handbrake, the locks, the keys in the ignition. Since we did not need to be anywhere in a hurry I let him explore, which made a number of people walking into the building smile. There is something magical about a toddler’s smile.
We came home. I made a delicious quiche in a mug for breakfast. (How did I not know about microwave cooking in a mug before Tuesday? — I used the recipe from Full Thyme Student). Lucas shared some of my quiche and had half a banana.
After playtime and story time, where I made the connection about why one of the words in Lucas’s vocabulary is hat (One of his favourite stories is Hamilton’s Hats by Marthie Osbourne) we headed out to start the day. We started at the computer store where I was hoping that I would be able to get a cable for my external drive and that this would prove to be the problem in the computer not reading it. (Part one of the mission getting a cable successful — And I got absolutely amazing service, as always, from Matrix Warehouse at Retail Crossing. Part two: getting the computer to actually read the drive unsuccessful. Now I am not sure whether this is a problem with the actual drive or with the drivers since I am now using Windows 10…I will keep on hoping.) I can’t remember if I said goodbye to the lovely people at the shop…before going to the next shop where I needed to buy some more mugs. This proved to be a very good purchase since I broke yet another mug when we eventually got home last night.
After that it was off to therapy…where my therapist and I had a different time for my appointment which meant that Lucas and I had some time to just be…so some more playtime in a different setting.
After therapy, I made a spur of the moment call to my aunt to find out if she was up for a visit, and she was. So we took a trip through to the northern suburbs and we had a lovely lunch. Lucas had yet more playtime (traveling toybags are the best thing ever!). Then it was time to go and do the grocery shopping…where I was really hoping to get a mom and tot parking but selfish bastards without children were hogging them!
Grocery shopping with a toddler is a completely different experience to shopping without one…and there is a conspiracy of knowing smiles among fellow parents. I managed to get most of the shopping done with very little fuss. YAY! But the trip was slightly longer than Lucas would have preferred and so he was getting quite niggly but thankfully water and a banana (God’s gift to mothers those things) managed to get him to calm down.
Then it was back to Sandton to pick up Riaan and pick up eggs from a different shop on the way home. (I could not bring myself to pay more than R2 an egg: note to self — find out about the logistics of keeping chickens. Since clearly 2 dogs, 2 cats and an uncountable number of fish is not enough of a challenge ).
Then it was time for dinner and bed. (Yes, I was a bad mother and did not bath Lucas since he passed out in the car).
Love and mothering chaos,
As if any further proof was needed of the chaos of motherhood – I started this post on Thursday morning, finished it on Saturday night before finally being able to post on Sunday. Life is crazy, but that does not mean it is not good.