Perhaps it is no coincidence that Extreme Parenting: Spring Sports Edition was the last post I wrote — over a month ago… the longest lapse in my posting to this blog since the triplets were born. Yep, it would seem that this spring’s schedule is more of a challenge for me than juggling three newborns with two toddlers… at least they all napped and the weekends belonged to us, not Little League!
Over the past month, I’ve actually started several posts that never got completed. Titles included “Why Little League Moms Pray For Rain” and “I Don’t Think She Can Do It.” These have more a negative tenor than I usually take and I suspect have remained incomplete because I eventually got some sleep, a big cup of coffee and my usual sunny outlook back. But I’m not gonna lie — it’s been a busy, challenging time here in the Lyons Den.
I spent Monday nights wondering what to write for my “Tuesday Tip” but, after baseball practice, lacrosse practice, late dinner, showers, homework, catching up on the work I missed because I left the office for the aforementioned practices, well, I was out of steam and short on tips. To give you a glimpse of our lives over the past month, here are a few “lessons learned” along the way… which I share in the hopes that you may learn from our mistakes, missteps and occasional victories — on or off a baseball field!
- If a child is hit squarely in the nose with a baseball, that nose “in all probability is broken.” And yes, I can attribute the quote to our pediatrician. Who, by the way, you should see if you suspect your child may have a broken nose. Don’t ignore it for 24 hours like we did and send him to school the next day. Oh, and Tylenol will help to ease the pain… for both of you!
- If you think your kid has poison ivy, he probably does. Here’s a tip: do NOT put him in the bath tub with his siblings. That, as it turns out, is not a good idea. A good idea is to treat it liberally with Calamine Lotion, keep it covered to prevent itching (and therefore, spreading!) and offer Benadryl at bedtime to prevent overnight scratching. Oh, and if it’s oozing, it can still spread. This was news to me but now you know!
- If you are traveling on business and see on the morning news that record-setting rain is on the way, skip your meeting and go to the airport. Pronto. Get on the next plane before the first drops fall; if you don’t, you may find, as I did, that your business trip will get extended by several days… leaving your spouse to supervise the spring sports schedule solo, which is no easy task!
- If you are buying a house — especially if you are buying your second house — be prepared for a lot of financial interrogation. As you might imagine, it’s not like it was ten years ago; while mortgage rates are alluring, the approval process is complex and takes time. Time that might turn your hair grey, as it has mine. Consider yourself warned!
- If you are overwhelmed by work and life in general, admit it. Tell your husband, tell your friends, tell your sister, tell your boss. I don’t like to admit that sometimes, I can’t “do it all” — and I most certainly can’t do it all well. Simply saying so seems to light the load. In my case, my husband hit the grocery store, my friends reminded me that no one can do it all and do it well all the time, my sister offered empathy and advice, having been there herself and my boss suggested I find a few hours a week to get the balance back.
Am I there yet? No. But, I’ve written my first post in over a month and that’s a good sign… almost as good as the fact that there are only a handful of Little League games left. And actually, knowing that summer and a break from the scheduling insanity is right around the corner, I think I might enjoy them!