It’s not that I’m nervous, because I’m not anymore (no, really!). I’m feeling physically nauseous, the room is actually spinning. I had a mommy-son date day with my 4 year old this morning (eh noo I wasn’t drinking). It was great fun as we watched a movie and then grabbed lunch and did some book shopping, but maybe that was the problem 9not the books). I didn’t really have breakfast and all those popcorn before lunch. Anyways there are about five minutes before the stern (rude) insurance lady is due (no doubt she will be right on time if not early) and my stomach is doing backflips. I look so pale (with a weird shade of green) as I look in the mirror trying to decide if I have to throw up. So typical, either I’m coming down with something or it was those darn popcorn and then lunch on top of it- way to plan when I knew I had this important meeting. Now I’m not even nervous about answering the stupid questions (do you hang glide, skydive, parachute out of jet planes on a regular basis?) but about not getting good lab results because of how I’m feeling lightheaded and faint.
Baby girl refuses to go with nanny (and when I say refuse…I mean refuse) so I have to get blood drawn, answer questions and pee, all with her on my arm. She (not baby) also checks my heart rate, elliptical is extra fun the way I’m feeling!, and of course blood pressure. She is at least not telling me to go check myself in to a hospital right away and I do make it until the end. Only 7-10 days until we get the results back. No biggie!
So that weekend, the one before school starts we go to the very last “movies at the park” before summer ends. What a great initiative for our community to get people together for some (free!!) fun for kids and adults! There is face painting, balloon animals, popcorn and hotdogs. We have packed our own picnic and brought blankets and pillows. This was going to be a great family night! We are catching a “penguin movie” and our big boy sure is excited! Baby girl is not sure what is going on, she is just happy to be hanging out with her whole family…and then there are the bouncy houses! Why oh why did we ever decide that it was okay for her to try jumping in one?. We probably thought she would bounce with her brother for a while and then move on to the next activity without any fuss. Gosh were we wrong about this strong willed little one. She can be kind of feisty at times and as she looooved to bounce, there was no stopping her!
When we first let her jump, we had the whole bouncer to ourselves. She was alone in there with her brother (and we stupidly thought he would be the bigger problem). Once other kids started to climb in we immediately decided to take her out… Except she clearly had other plans. She refused to come even close to us as we awkwardly reached for her in the slim opening of the bouncer, she just giggled and kept bouncing. She is way to young, I kept thinking, she will get hurt. As her big brother and two other older kids were jumping she would just fly around in there, laughing but seconds- according to paranoid mommy- from getting seriously hurt. I begged the other kids to stop bouncing just for a moment so we could get in there and grab her. What a buzz kill! I let daddy do the honer and he did catch her but her disappointment was huge. She was livid, screaming and kicking us, waving her little arms, throwing her head back in protest “whyyyy?? Would you do that to me” she seemed to be yelling (and let me tell you she was yelling) “that was sooo much fun!!!”
Well, the night, although fun overall kind of went downhill from there. Princess is crazy focused on those bouncy houses and won’t let it go (she actually escapes us both once almost making it all the way in!). Our son has a major meltdown because first he wants his face painted like a dinosaur (T-Rex duh!) and then well…he doesn’t. Daddy gets his boy a balloon animal but not his girl – that didn’t go over well…lets just say he had to stand in line all over again…for almost an hour…missing the start of the movie…oh and also his food got cold!
Speaking of food, as we dig out our picnic from the cooler someone forgot the potatoes (mama is not happy) and someone forgot his favorite pillow (ahhh). As the movie starts, little girl thinks it’s okay walking around socializing. Surprisingly it’s NOT okay with most people trying to watch the movie in quiet with their families. She screams however when I try to haul her back to our blanket- we didn’t bring lawn chairs because the website clearly states “no lawn chairs”…of course everyone brought lawn chairs. And here I was under the delusion that she would cuddle up and sleep in my arms since hello! It’s way past her bedtime. I was even ready to offer up some nursing, I brought the cover (which she hates) and everything. She just keeps biting me with an evil laugh and off she goes. Nobody is enjoying her antics so I leave dad and son to watch the movie in peace while I take her for a walk. Except it’s pitch black anywhere that’s not lit up by the giant screen and I can’t even see where I’m walking.
The walking does not put this little independent diva to sleep, she wants to WALK! So we walk around and around and then we nurse in the park bathroom, at least the lights are on in here. Until they are NOT. It is darker than outside if possible and I hear people leaving, hoping that we are not locked in here for good and that in that case people will start looking for us…eventually…
I find my way out following the walls while holding the now sleepy little madam AND we find our way back to the correct blanket and the rest of our family. Puh! That was not easy let me tell you!
As soon as I settle in with baby girl, my husband’s arm around us and our boy in between us, something happens and the huge blow up screen falls apart, slumping like a sad popped balloon. Maybe it’s time to leave now (we gave it our best effort after all) we suggest this to our son. He gets so upset it’s not even worth getting up, so we sink back down again only to quiet him down. Problem is…
Little lady is yet again wide awake because all of the drama…
Another walk around, shorter this time because frankly the park in the dark away from all the people is not that tempting. Luckily little man announces after about ten more minutes that his little sister is now scared of the movie!
And that is that folks! Summer movie fun at the park!