Do you ever have those moments, that thrust you into the swift reality that you are officially a parent? Some days, I still feel like I'm the irresponsible teenager that is trying her hardest to push the boundaries and figure out what life is all about. I've had "holey moley, you're a parent moments" more and more lately, with the start of school and hospital stays. However, I had one today that I didn't see coming.
Have I ever told you how much I love our Eli bear? He happens to be so hilarious and is turning into quite the handsome, charmer. He's now going to full day pre-K which he is excelling at and is loving every minute of school time. Today, while I was running errands I got a call from the school asking me to bring another pair of pants and undies for Eli to school. Now that's a "you're a parent" wake up call. Apparently, Eli got so excited on the playground that he didn't quite want to leave play time early to go to the potty, so he had a pee your pants episode. Can't really blame him for that.
I walked into the School office and saw Eli sitting in a chair with his lunch box on his lap, with the saddest sullen look all over his face. The second he saw me, he immediatley lost it and started to cry. It was one of the most tender things I've witnessed in a long time. He hugged me long and tight, and I convinced the sobbing bear to go to the bathroom so we could change his pants. The whole time in the bathroom, he was crying, while saying, "I just want to go home, can I go home?" Every part of me wanted to scoop the humiliated bear up and take him home for the rest of the day. But alas, I knew this was a pinnacle parenting moment that required me to do the hard thing. I knew I had to make him stay to face his friends even after wetting his pants. As we were walking back into the hall, I kept telling him over and over, that Mommy pees her pants all the time and it's no big deal. His teacher and a few other female teachers overheard me telling him that and they all agreed that they pee their pants too, which all of us childbearing women know is definitely true. An immediate look of relief came over Eli's face after hearing he was not alone in the peeing pants department, and with that he put on a smile and was eagerly on his way back to class.
I walked out of the school today, laughing to myself about this parenting thing that randomly sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Thank you Adam Sandler for reminding me, "You ain't cool unless you pee your pants" and thanks bear for giving me the privilege of being your mama.