Thank God for the deleted thread yesterday because Addie pray mentioned getting a personalized Christmas stocking for her new baby (oh geez, I hope that isn’t violating the “what is said in the deleted thread stays in the deleted thread” agreement too much…), and I was like, “Oh, crap!” And I then immediately went on Etsy and ordered a personalized stocking for Joanie, which I hope will make it here super fast because we’re decorating next weekend. Yeah, yeah, she’s a baby and wouldn’t know the difference if she didn’t have her own stocking, but I would (and Jackson would surely notice and what kind of message would that send him?), and I already feel bad enough as it is for not having any framed photos of her yet on our wall of photos and not starting a baby book (or even buying a baby book) or getting her any of those cute “Baby’s First Hanukkah” (or Christmas or Thanksgiving or Halloween) onesies.
Everything is a lot different this second time around. With Jackson, I organized a mom and baby playgroup when I was still pregnant with him. With Joanie, I finally got around to it this week (she turns five months old on Monday). I ordered a personalized Christmas stocking for Jackson in early November, a few weeks after he was born, along with matching ones for me, Drew, and my parents and sister who all came to visit us for the holidays that year. This year, I waited ’til a deleted thread reminds me of my failure as a mother before I remembered Joanie needed a stocking. Guys, half the time I forget diapers when I’m running out the door with Joanie (seriously, we’ve had to make so many emergency runs to the drug store for diapers or formula because I left everything at home).
Oh, but I love Joanie. Every day, I love her more. And I hope when she is old enough to notice that I’m not always as organized as I should be, that any oversight in regards to her is only because the love I have for her is taking up so much space in my brain that there’s less room left over to keep track of other stuff. That, and also Mommy’s kind of a drunk. Kidding! Sort of. (And that reminds me, I need to start making my Drinking with Dear Wendy videos again.).
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That’s it — happy weekend to all of you!