I can do none of this. In order to go somewhere to visit, shop or whatever, I have to pack 3 kids worth of emergency supplies, food and the brain I keep in cold storage most days. I have to use a stroller the size of a semi. I can not stroll or browse happily through your average store with this stroller as I generally knock people into the racks or, in fact, the whole rack over as well. It is a production. As for trying to share a lunch with three ravenous kids? There is no time to stick a bite in my mouth, and growing the new alien makes that vitally important. And we have already talked about naps. I will NOT have three babies with missed naps. So the nap schedule is written in stone. They do not nap well in a stroller so we need to be home for naps. Early on, this meant I rarely left the house. Naps were three times a day, so by the time everyone was changed, dressed and strapped into the stroller or car to go somewhere it was nap time again. Not really worth it eh?
So I digress. The point is playdates. I have managed perhaps 3 in the 18 months my children have been alive. And its all been those mammas coming to my house, not vice versa. (Ok once I worked it out to go to the east bay to visit a twin mom because they could nap on the way there, visit, then nap on the way home. That worked.) But I'm sure my friend moms wonder why I'm so antisocial. I'd love to jump in the car and meet them at the zoo. I'd love more mommies together time. I'm desperate to join a mom's group and hang out and chat while the kids play together. But I feel stuck. Until we're all down to one nap a day it seems impossible. And with the variance from kid to kid of when and how often they nap until sometime around 2, it's just not working.
Oh how I long for a neighbor mom with the exact schedule I have. Oh how I long for a mom friend who doesn't give up after trying to schedule 8 times with me only to find our naps conflict and me unbending in my scheduling. I'm sorry friends. It's really necessary to be this uptight. I swear. You'll find with kid #4 I will be more flexible. That poor kid is going to be sleeping on the run most of their life. Or running to catch up to their triplet siblings. But one overtired kid? Will seem like a walk in the park.
We are finally at a time when it is more likely to work, this playdate thing, but I think I've lost all my possibles by now. I mean they waited a year and a half. But I still can't really be spontaneous. Every day is pretty well planned in advance. It kind of has to be doesn't it? Because spur of the moment with three kids usually ends up with no diapers, wrong clothes and lunch forgotten on the kitchen counter.
Not good. Not good at all.
Inspired by mamakat's writer's workshop