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Pajamas Bring a Mom to Her Knees

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Jackie's Mom•Logic: How I went from good Mom to bad Mom in 10 seconds.


After a bad night's sleep--due to a 2-year-old who thought 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. was the perfect time to play, and a 3-year-old who wanted to see the sun come up--I was pretty satisfied that I was able to get the kids out of bed, fed, bathed, dressed and to school on time. Not bad, right?

You'd think I would've noticed the double-takes I got from other Moms as I marched my kids down the hall to their classrooms. Nope. It took the 2-year-old's teacher saying, "Where are his pajamas?" for it to hit me.

Crap--Pajama Day!

My kids were the only ones in their cute jeans and
not-matching-but-color-coordinated sweaters. The rest of the kids
danced around in sleepwear ranging from princesses to Diego to
dinosaurs. I was mortified.

My 2-year-old didn't even notice. I could've totally blamed him saying, "He didn't want to wear pajamas." But I was so caught off-guard, I just stood there with the look of horror on my face. Fortunately, my 3-year-old wasn't interested either in wearing "nighttime clothes." When I said I would go home and get his PJs, he said "I an NOT wearing PJs." Phew, I was kind of off the hook.

But instead of feeling relief, I walked to the car, buried my face in the steering wheel--and cried."

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Elaine February 10, 2008, 12:47 PM

Wait until you forget to back cupcakes for 24 anxious kids. It happens to the best of us. No amount of training anywhere can prepare you for that. Don’t cry, just be thankful that they didn’t make you feel worse. :o)

Lyne February 10, 2008, 9:35 PM

I’ve done the same thing - forgot PJ day and cried in my car. I think it’s a rite of passage.

Suzi February 11, 2008, 11:11 AM

I can imagine worse things. Like forgetting to bring Valentines for the Valentines Day party at preschool like my friend did last year. She went to pick up her son and he had bags of Valentines and goodie, but he brought nothing for his friends.
I’m pretty sure your boys will have no recollection of non-pj day.

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