Friday, June 15, 2012
At Least There's Guacamole
I used to be a good packer. I actually liked packing, especially the requisite pre-packing shopping excursions. I was so careful I hardly ever needed to visit a store at my destination, save for the occasional bathroom-related emergency. In Greece, I was so insanely constipated that I didn't poop for 6 days. 6 days! Can you imagine? Of course, when I did finally go, it was in a toilet that wasn't flushing properly and I ran out of the restaurant screaming at my friends that "we had to leave. NOW!" Whatever. It was worth it-Greece is gorgeous.
Now, I have become a terrible packer. Not so much for myself, but for the little. I can't seem to handle the extra pressure. We pretty much have to go shopping every time we get somewhere because I've forgotten to bring a sippy cup, diapers, wipes, pajamas, snacks-you name it, I've forgotten it. Right now we are on a quick getaway to Mexico and I'm lamenting my idiocy at forgetting truly the most. important. thing. ever. The lullaby toy. We've used this to get our son snoozing ever since my brilliant friend Paige gave it to us as a baby welcoming gift at 8 days old. I forgot it once before, in Atlanta, but then we were able to run to the local Target to grab another one. Now we have the pretty one specifically for travel. Fat lot of good Violet does when she's sitting in the closet at home.
The first night and day were rough. My voice does not lend itself to lullabies. Campy, loud Old McDonald, Wheels on the Bus, that's my wheelhouse. But soothing I am not. I was trying to sing the mister to sleep and I swear he started covering his ears. We've since worked it out by basically pushing the crib into the closet. What? The door is cracked a bit. This kid is part vampire-he needs darkness when he sleeps. Any ray of sunlight in the room and he's up and ready to party. I know those stupid blackout shades I put in the nursery would come back to haunt me.