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This is my home-game entry this week for therealljidol. I am not competing this season but invite you to read and vote for the many excellent entries. This week's topic is "Afterthought."

This afternoon at lunch, a friend bounced my 5-1/2-month-old little Kung Fu Panda on her knee. Recently turned a great-grandmother herself, my friend and I shared notes on babies. Sure enough, all of the wonderful discoveries I find so magical sounded familiar to her. She was, however, impressed with his progress and kept saying, "Is he doing that already?" whenever I shared a developmental milestone.

"Can you believe how long it takes you to get out of the house now?" she asked.

I nodded in agreement, admitting that I begin getting ready at least 15-20 minutes before I actually have to leave. This morning, leaving involved: a diaper change, a last-minute feeding (as his cries let me know it was a hunger emergency), and then another diaper change, on top of packing a diaper bag, grabbing a copy of my new book, The Art of Life, to show my friend and snagging a handful of cards advertising the book, to place on the promotional table at the cafe.

With all of that, I had just enough time to drive to the cafe, but then I realized I'd left behind the eBay items I had to mail to a customer. After retrieving them, I pulled into the parking lot about one minute late. Not too bad, I thought to myself.

KFP was getting sleepy (probably still a bit milk-drunk) in his stroller as I pushed him into the cafe. My friend helped me lift it up the two steps to sit at a quiet table by the window.

After removing my winter coat and placing my order at the front counter as my friend watched KFP, I finally sat down. That's when I realized my shirt was fitting a little strangely. Nonchalantly, I reached inside as I said to my friend, "Excuse me. I forgot to refasten my nursing bra."

You know, before KFP, that probably would have bothered me. But today, as KFP beamed at my friend, all I could do was smile.

Babies have a way of reshaping priorities.

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( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 3rd, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Lol, the things that change our lives. Very nice entry about how having kids can cause silly things to happen.
Dec. 3rd, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm kind of glad it happened, because I had no idea how to approach this topic.
Dec. 3rd, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Little people bring BIG changes!
Dec. 3rd, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
Dec. 4th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
So very true!
Dec. 4th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
He's such a sweetheart, though, it doesn't bother me when things like this happen.
Dec. 4th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
(Greetings from another home-gamer)

I remember all the changes to routine when my son (now about to turn 21) was a baby. I found that the diaper bag came in handy for carrying all kinds of stuff, like a purse for daddys. =)
Dec. 4th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
The larger one does! In the early weeks, I was carrying that exclusively, using it for both baby needs and my purse. When I went back to the gym, I started using the small one they gave us in the hospital for a day-to-day bag, since it actually fits under the stroller. It's kind of annoying carrying a purse again, though.

Congratulations on your "baby" turning 21! Time flies, eh?
Dec. 4th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
Congratulations on your "baby" turning 21! Time flies, eh?

Sure does, and since I divorced when he was young and I saw less and less of him as he grew up, it's too easy to think of him as a little boy. (But we've maintained some contact, even tho he's three states away.)
Dec. 4th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
It's good that you're still in contact, but it must be hard not to see him that often. Honestly, though, you'd probably still see him as a little boy. I still see my little sister that way at times. I joke with people that my son, who could very well tower over his 6-foot father, will always be a little baby to me!
Dec. 4th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
"Nursing bras. The rigging on these things would overwhelm Admiral Farragut."
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