The perfectionist mom and I have known each other since elementary school, but became good friends in high school. We all kind of went our separate ways after we graduated, but we always seemed to keep in touch, in one-way or another. It’s now been over 10 years since we graduated, and we are probably just as close now as we were then. It has now been almost an entire year that I have had the blessing of writing for her blog. It’s been a long, crazy journey and I wouldn’t change it for anything!
The Perfectionist Mom invited me to her daughter’s second birthday party. I am over 3 hours away from her though. I wanted to go so badly, but I couldn’t afford to make a weekend out of it. I thought long and hard about doing a day trip alone (hubby is away at work), with a newly potty trained 2.5 year old in tow. I thought “Am I crazy? Over 3 hours in the car, alone with a toddler that is very newly potty trained…then drive back again a few hours after arriving?”.
She asked me if I had made my decision. I had, but I lied to her. I told her I could not go. The lie? I could go, and I was already planning on how I was going to get it done. I asked a friend to come let my dogs out midday for a potty break, because I knew I would be gone for close to 12 hours. I began to think about what I needed to do, what I needed to take, etc. I should have written it down, like I usually do for long trips in the car but I didn’t this time and forgot to pack a couple of things, but nothing to worry about.
Friday arrived. I packed extra changes of clothes in her backpack and put it in the car. I packed plastic bags for garbage or accidents. I packed 2 large towels just in case…they work well when you child gets carsick. I packed a bag of toys, and lunchbox of dry snacks and some DVDs. I was ready! Saturday morning came around and all I had to do was pack the cooler with drinks and cold snacks, shower and put my makeup on, wake the baby and head out. Oh, and don’t forget the coffee!
I was on the road by 8:45am! I knew I would have to stop for breakfast and at least one potty break, so I made sure I had plenty of time to make it to a 1pm party. We stopped for some breakfast sandwiches to go and hit the road. About 2 hours from when we left the house I stopped for a potty break. Got back on the road and didn’t stop again until we were just miles from the party location. We stopped for some quick lunch to go and headed to the party. I was early, a good 45 minutes early. Gave me time to give her one more potty break and check out the area. As soon as we walked out of the bathroom…I caught sight of The Perfectionist Mom. She was shocked to see us. I got the best bear hug ever.
My daughter and her daughter are only about 7 months apart. They were so cute together. If we lived closer to each other, they would be the best of friends! The kids had fun playing, the adults had fun talking and it was a great day. I am so glad I made the decision to surprise them and show up for the party! We played through nap time and left around 4pm. My daughter was PASSED OUT within 3 minutes…we made it to the very first stoplight and she was asleep. I got a nice, quiet hour and a half before she was awake and we stopped to take a break. I was home BEFORE dark, safe and sound and ready for some sleep! What a great day!!
Until Next Time,
The Not-So-Single Mom
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