It sounds like some horrible joke right? This was my morning guys. I took our smallest dog, Scrappy, to the vet. A dog and a baby (and a mom) walked into the vet. Of course, I had to take our little one with us. My mom had asked me several times, “are you sure you can handle both of them yourself?”. I of course, replied with “yes, mom”. Surely, this would not be difficult, she was just being overprotective mom, right?
As always, mom knows best. She knew before I did what this morning would hold for me. Let me just give you the rundown of how it went. We had to be at the vet between 8 and 8:30 to drop Scrappy off for his “snip” appointment (poor guy).
Here was my plan: My alarm was set for 7:15, I would get up, put makeup on, all before the baby woke up, feed him, get the other two dogs walked and fed and load up the car to head to the vet by 8. HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAAA.
Here is how it actually went. The baby was up 3 times last night, so I was of course, exhausted. So exhausted, I couldn’t even drag myself out of bed this morning at 5 like I normally do to pack my husband’s lunch. (Sorry, babe!) My alarm went off at 7:15, I hit snooze until 7:40 AM. I woke up, walked Scrappy (sorry to our other 2 dogs), ran in the room, threw jeans and a t-shirt on, put my hair up in a ponytail, and slipped on some shoes. By this point, the baby was awake, he also had leaked through his diaper and his PJ’s. Change baby’s diaper, change clothes, feed baby. Now it’s 8:05. Grab the dog and the baby, load the car. Realize I have left the paperwork on the kitchen counter, run back up to get it, dog follows me. Run back down, load the dog in the car again. Get in the car, realize I have no idea where we are going, ask Siri for directions … 4 times before she finally understands me. Drive to vet, unload dog and baby with 2 minutes to spare. During drive to the vet, my entire purse/diaper bag spills into the floor. Dog pees in the floor at the vet first thing. Baby keeps looking at dog, reaching for him. The vet needs 2 pages of paperwork filled out, fill out paperwork, hold dog and baby. Accidentally get pen mark on baby’s arm because he kept grabbing it. Spent 45 minutes in the vet, talking to the vet tech, baby keeps trying to wiggle off my lap, grab things out of my purse. Finally leave. Get in the car, baby goes straight to sleep.
[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”auto” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]This is real life people. I could hear my mom in the background the entire time saying “I told you so”. [/dropshadowbox]
Even just a few hours later, I was able to laugh. During the experience though, it was chaos. Pure chaos.
I could have gotten frustrated. I could have gotten mad. I could have cried. Instead, I just laughed. I held it together, I did the best I could and I laughed.
Of course, I have days where I get frustrated and even break down in tears sometimes, but today I just laughed. And you know what? It was ok.
The world didn’t fall apart because we were almost late. The world didn’t fall apart because my purse went flying into the floor. The world didn’t fall apart because the dog peed in the floor. The world didn’t fall apart because the baby had a diaper leak. The world didn’t fall apart because I didn’t get enough sleep and was exhausted.
The world kept turning. Life kept moving. And you know what? It’s beautiful. It’s a great life. The Lord has blessed me and our family immensely. If I started to name the ways that He has blessed us, we would be here forever.
So, what did I learn today?
The world won’t fall apart because of small little inconveniences.
I should listen to my mom, even in my late 20’s, I probably should listen to her.
The Lord is good.
Laughter is the best medicine.
Others are watching how we react to situations.
Have you had a morning like mine? A day where it all seems to just go hysterically wrong? I pray that you can laugh it off, but if you can’t, know that you aren’t alone. It’s ok to cry, it’s ok to get frustrated, but it’s also ok to laugh.