Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The Tough Part Of Being A Single Mom
Last week I took Aiden to the happiest place on Earth -- good 'ol Walt Disney World. If you're apart of the Mommy Delicious community on Facebook or keep up with the deliciousness on Twitter, then you may already know this. If you're not, then go get you some of that! Pronto.
Throughout the week, I tweeted and posted about some of our favorite adventures -- Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Cirque du Soleil at Downtown Disney, the resorts' hot tub, and ferry rides galore. We had an amazing time.
But getting through five days in Disney World with a toddler wasn't easy. At all. Like when he was sleepy at Animal Kingdom and in the middle of his tantrum, kept taking off his shoes and throwing them. Until I finally got the hint and took them away from him.
Or when he came thisclose to peeing on himself after I JUST took him to the bathroom and thought he got it all out. Apparently he did not.
Or when we were at the resorts' bus stop, ready to board and head off to Epcot, and he insisted that he was cold. So we got off the line to go back to our room for his sweater. It was not fun waiting for the next bus to come.
But this scenario is the worst. I'd just ordered our lunch at Animal Kingdom. I was hot. And tired. Aiden was also hot and tired. As I carried our lunch on a heavy tray from one end of the outdoor restaurant all the way to the other end of the restaurant, I kept looking for a table for us to sit and looking down to make sure Aiden was walking next to me. Multi-tasking at it's finest. When we got to the other end of the restaurant, I watched as Aiden attempted to pick up his hot dog and DROPPED it, by accident of course. I think I let out a huge sigh at that point as I tried to release my obvious frustration.
I don't say this to put a damper on our trip. We had a fantastic time. But like I said, it was not easy. At all. I learned to put on my big girl pants and single mom shoes and work it. Big time. I learned to think fast, plan strategically, and have several jokes on hand to make the kid laugh.
Some people thought I was nuts for taking Aiden to Disney World. Truth is, I could have given him a picture of Buzz Lightyear, who is one of his favorite Disney characters, or popped in his Toy Story DVD and he may have been just as delighted.
But I want my kid to have as many experiences as possible, even if he grows up in a single parent household.
It's just us two and it's up to me to ensure that come heck or high water, Aiden's life will be lovely. His life already is lovely. Because I'm his Mother. And I make sure of that. And I'll continue to make sure of that.
You better believe it.