‘I Know What It’s Like.’ ‘Oh Really?’ The Mom at The Park.
‘I Know What It’s Like.’ ‘Oh Really?’ The Mom at The Park.
This one will be quick. (Ok, it didn’t end up so. Sorry.) It’s just a vent about a woman yesterday who got under my skin, and I don’t allow much to get under there, so she really deserved an award yesterday. I wasn’t in the best of moods to start with, admittedly.
Birth control or not I was starting a period, worst day of it ever, and the weather jumped from 69 to 87 in one day and humid as the Las Vegas desert, especially after I started chasing the two crazies around.
Yesterday was a reminder of why I wished at least one of them would have walked a bit on the later side. It’s madness. Everybody throws fits when I attempt to put them into the stroller, so eventually I have to give up. I envy those that have content toddlers in their stroller, I must say. I don’t have a one.
Have you ever seen a mom carrying two babies and pushing a double stroller? That would be me. I haven’t seen another myself, to date though. It’s not an easy task. Sometimes I wonder why I bring the darn thing. Oh yeah.. to carry all the crap I need to bring along for the ride.
I’ve been all alone on my daily outings lately, but I refuse to stay home, especially on a nice day, so I guess I get what I deserve. Case in point it just felt really, really hot. Due to the inclimate weather we’ve been having it made it feel much hotter then it actually was. The more I scurried after my tumultuous tykes, the more Maybelline was running down my face like tear tracks. Zumba never produced such an intense sweat.
Anyhow, like always, it’s a mother of twins job to gauge who needs to be rescued first, and brought back by your side to simply run off again. Often there is another twin in the under arm, or as twin moms call it ‘the football hold’, and you sprint after the second, and pick up two. That keeps both sides of the arm muscles equally balanced and toned. 😆
But then there are times you see one twin needing quicker action, and the other is a little bit too far off to grab 1st. Even if it’s by 5 feet, like say there is a pebble heading to their mouth or something. It’s incredible how we can instantly judge these things, but we do.
Twin moms have eyes everywhere, and a lot of kiddie smarts, if I do say so myself. It happens right after they’re born. It’s inate. God puts it into us like a micro chip. It’s necessity. I know I couldn’t have handled what I do now before, so it’s got to be true.
I had put Allie into the safety of this little wooden airplane the girls enjoy ‘pretend’ flying in, and took a quick turn to put Annie in as well, but I see her headed back up the stairs that lead to the little baby slide which is nothing unusual. She loves it. BUT I noticed a larger child blocking her entry, and I knew she would be in trouble.
Of course the parents were nowhere to be found, and I had to run from Allie about 10 feet or so, and grab Annie before she took a tumble down, or this kid did something. Who knows right? I just had a bad feeling, and ran with it. Literally. Usually if she were just climbing I’d grab Allie 1st then follow behind, but not this time.
At all times mind you, I have my 3rd eye peeled on Twin A on the airplane right? Now as I’m coming down from the little stairwell I catch a glimpse of some boy sitting behind Allie, maybe age 3 or so, hitting her on the head. Not pounding her but tapping on her head. She was beginning to cry, and the kid was making giggling sounds. I couldn’t believe my eyes.
Allie in the plane. Face of the suspect mostly covered to protect his anonymity before the trial is concluded.
I grabbed her and said, ‘Excuse me honey, but she’s just a baby, you can’t hit her head like that, you could really hurt her. You got to be nice to babies, ok?’ He looked at me like ‘HUH.’ I said, ‘Where’s your mommy?’ She finally steps up and before I could say a word she goes, ‘You should really watch your child better.’ OH NO SHE DID NOT JUST SAY THAT!
She just peeled her as$ off of a bench I only dream one day to be sitting on, and didn’t stop her son’s actions, and she said that..TO ME? I had sweat on my brow, and she had Cheetos on her palms, you tell me who is not watching who here? That’s all I do anymore.
I replied, ‘In case you didn’t notice your son was hitting my BABY, 1st off.’ No reply. Dumb deer in the headlight stare. Then I went on to say, ‘As you can see I have twins here. I don’t just leave anyone‘, as one baby was wiggling under each of my arms. ‘I noticed that. I understand’, she says. You do?
I only see a mom with one child sitting her butt in the shade not sweating and huffing and puffing like this mom, talking with her pals, but could I be wrong? Did she secretly have twins hiding out in the wings somewhere? If so, I wondered who they must be beating on.
I said, ‘How so?’ To her statement about understanding. She replies, ‘I have a friend with twins.’ What does Mary Jane here know about twins, just because her friend has them, and what on Earth did that have to do about her baby Billy Bob there, hitting my 1 year old over the head, when she only had one child to contend with?
She didn’t even acknowledge that part of things. What kind of moron was I dealing with here? But yes she is the expert. She has a friend with twins. Problem solved. That explained her lack of action on the part of her bully son. SURE!! Where is a drink when you need one?
They both eventually got a turn together.
I said, ‘That does not make you understand anything. Watch your child from now on. He’s really going to hurt somebody.’ And I walked off feeling awesome! See I used to be so shy and super sensitive. I would never stand up for myself or say a word, so the past year or two, changing things around, is really nice.
I just wonder where on Earth she got off thinking she understood anything about having twins, as I continued to chase the twins until all of my Maybelline was in a puddle on the ground, and it was time to pick up munchkin C from school anyhow. How good I must have looked.
People can be such fools sometimes….really! Unless you have twins, you don’t understand bupkis, is all I can say in conclusion.
‘I know a lady with triplets. Do I ever try and pretend to know what raising triplets is like? Hell no I don’t! Ignorance is everywhere!’ – Mama P.
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PS- Things I would change about the park.
Not only have a certain area for littler kids. Say like ages say 0-2 or 3 TOPS, but have it fenced in, and make the rules strict. No 8 year olds running feverishly across the baby equipment. It’s dangerous! And why isn’t there ever any enclosures? You know how much easier that would make a mom’s life, and how much safer it would be?
Just adding my two cents, in case the parks department happens to see this. 😛
Nitey nite folks. I would talk about today at the beach, but the heat and the sweat, and the chaos was WORSE! I’m starting to feel single here. Oh how I’d love to see my hubby do what I do. It would never EVER happen! Wouldn’t it be fun to watch though? I know I’d have a good laugh. 😆