I have written plenty about Emily’s love of organizing. From a very young age she liked things neat. She puts away her toys. She lines up her shoes. She completely empties her backpack and makes sure there are no stray apple cores or bits of papers every day. She is a neatnik and I am thrilled. She makes it easy for me to be in Pick Up Clutter Free Overdrive.
Yesterday evening MQD asked me where his flip flops were. ”I don’t know, if I saw them I put them in your closet, but Em cleaned up the living room… so…” They were in the basket ordinarily reserved for dog toys. Of course. She has a tendency to stash things in odd places, but I can live with this. No matter how many times I may think it as I look for something that I am certain was just right here it will not pass my lips “Dang, Em… would you stop with the damn cleaning up all of the time!?!”
So, with a solid four years (Em didn’t really maximize her cleaning skills until about three years of age) of a tidy house behind me I embarked on having Baby Number Two. It will be a piece of cake, I thought. I have one kid. Two will be a breeze.
It seems like just last week I had a baby. She was sweet. She pooped on me on occasion and I routinely sleep in a pile of wet drool, breastmilk, sweat from my ever changing hormones. But Lucy was a baby. She can’t help the constant flow of liquids. She was sweet. And she smelled good.
A few weeks ago Lucy started crawling. Last week she started picking up speed. And yesterday she morphed from my sweet baby to a benevolent college freshman, drunk on cheap beer and loud music.
I took a shower. We were chatting. She was sitting next to the tub. I could hear her little hands slapping against the side of the tub, the shower curtain swaying back and forth. And then I didn’t hear her hands. And the shower curtain stopped moving. When I got out of the shower I was happy that no one in my house replaces a roll of toilet paper until it is totally and completely empty.
It didn’t stop there. We went in to the kitchen to make dinner. She sat in the middle of the floor with her plastic spatula and a spoon. I turned my back for a second. I know better.
Remember the first time you had a party at your apartment and That Guy showed up? That guy that was the life of the party. He was funny and loud and had a tendency to get naked. You were glad he was there because it meant your party was going to be awesome but somewhere beyond your desire to have your party look like a deleted scene from Animal House you kept thinking “oh shit, man, please don’t break anything…”
My second child, my sweet little Lucy… she is That Guy. She is up for anything. I am in so much trouble.