The thought of me resembling anything close to supermom hasn’t been a thought in my head since I gave birth to my daughter. It’s no secret that we had a rough start to life. I talk more about that here.
But on Sunday, I felt like supermom.
We woke up late for church, so when I looked at the clock and realized I only had 30 minutes to get a two-year-old, a ten-month-old, and myself ready, I almost said forget it. Okay quick confession, we would have had 45 minutes if we didn’t stop at Starbucks, but that’s no fun. Instead, I decided that we were going to push through and make it to church!
I got both kids up and it seemed as though they both woke up on the right side of the bed. This was a great start! We ate breakfast quickly, another surprise, and got cleaned up. No one cried about putting their clothes on and no one ran away when I tried to do their hair. They even played nicely when I threw on some clothes and did my own hair. They got into their car seats and everyone was still happy! We made a quick stop at Starbucks and I did my makeup in the drive-thru. I don’t think I had to raise my voice once. It felt great. I felt like supermom!
It’s really hard to get a good picture of other people’s lives over the internet. We see people post about their amazing vacations with their husband and think they must have a great marriage. We see other mom’s pictures of the organic, gluten free food they made and think they must be a great mom. We read someone’s blog about being supermom and think they must not make any mistakes. But in reality, that couple went on that amazing vacation because they are trying to rekindle their marriage as they’ve been having issues. We didn’t see that before the organic food the kids ate, they stopped at McDonalds. What you didn’t know about that supermom, was how the rest of her week went.
So before you think I’m an amazing supermom all the time, here’s the rest of the story:
On Monday, I noticed my son had a rash under his armpit and around his diaper area. He has sensitive skin and often gets a little heat rash. It was spreading a little more than it normally does so we called the doctor and they said to put some hydrocortisone on it and keep him inside. By the end of the week my son had a rash covering his body from his neck to his knees. It was everywhere! I took him to the doctor and he tested positive for strep. A combination of strep and rash is scarlet fever. My son had scarlet fever! Was there something I could have done to prevent this? Should I have taken him in sooner? I did not feel like supermom.
At the same time, my daughter had diaper rash. She would not stop pooping, so it was hard for her little bum to heal. I was changing her as fast as I realized it was happening, but her diaper rash kept getting worse. Just when I thought it was getting better, she would poop during a nap and she would wake up with a bright red bottom. I definitely did not feel like supermom. But you know what I realized?
It’s okay not to be supermom.
I’m not going to be supermom every day, and I don’t think I need to be. It’s okay for them to eat Taco Bell every now and then and it’s okay if they watch TV while I do the dishes. But I couldn’t help love feeling like supermom. No one sat in timeout or cried about naptime. We weren’t late for anything. It was amazing! So while I might not be supermom every day, I’m going to enjoy those supermom days.