On Time For Once



I’m chronically late.

Ridiculously late. Like, always, always late. I try particularly hard to get my kids to school on time but I am a huge failure at that. Two years ago my girls were late for school 60 times. That’s one third of all the school days in the whole year. Last year I didn’t even keep track, but Princess’ teacher pulled her aside to tell her she was late more than any kid she’d ever known. Whoa. OK, I know I’m having a hard time here, but is picking on my kid the way to go?  C’mon lady, see if you can say that to my face!

Well this year has been weird.

And by weird I mean good. A couple of days ago I realized that this year my kids haven’t been late to school at all.  Not once. It’s still early in the year, but I gotta say, this is pretty much absolutely miraculous. I’ve been able to get the girls to school on time every single day for the past 6 1/2 weeks. I’m not really sure why all of a sudden I’m totally amazing, but I do know there are a couple of contributing factors.

One is the age and maturity level of the kids. The boys now get themselves up, dressed, and off to school every morning, and even the girls can get themselves completely ready. Princess has started setting an alarm and getting dressed before Preemie is even awake. This is huge for Princess.  She used to fight me about getting dressed every single day. She’s an independent, ambitious and organized tween now, but when she was 2, 3, 4, 5 ,6 and 7 she was…well, let’s just say she was simply independent.

Another huge factor is that I’m way more well-rested. BB sleeps through the night now, which makes such a huge difference. In addition to that, I have a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea which helps immensely. For years I was caught in a downward spiral of fatigue, guilt and depression. But just as there are downward spirals, there are also upward spirals. I’m finally sleeping soundly all night. I’m having the energy to do the things I enjoy. I’m waking up early because I’m so excited to do them, so I’m already up when the girls get up.

It’s a great feeling to actually be improving at something for once.

I’ve improved so much, in fact, that I get sucked into enjoying my hobbies and end up getting dangerously close to being late for school. But that’s OK because we haven’t been…yet. I just hope I didn’t jinx it by writing this. I don’t think I did though, because the feeling of being on time for once is just too good to stop now.


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