Since having a baby, I have realized that from now on I will always be late. I wasn’t the most prompt person to begin with, but adding a baby into the mix has exasperated the issue.
When my baby was a newborn, I would wait until the last second to feed and change her. This was deemed necessary because she ate more frequently, wouldn’t take a bottle, and I wasn’t comfortable nursing in public. Therefore, we would wait until the last second to feed her so that we could buy ourselves some time before the subsequent feeding. It turns out that this is actually very difficult to plan for when you don’t know how long it’s going to take your baby to eat. There are also unexpected variables for which we never accounted, such as: spitting up. Even if we managed to get the feeding in on time, we would still end up being late after having to clean spit-up off of ourselves, the baby, and the floor. (Depending on the degree to which she spit up, sometimes we all would require a wardrobe change.)
In regards to the diaper situation, we slowly learned to expect our baby to have a diaper blow-out right before having to leave the house or when we were already running late. If it wasn’t a blow-out, it was that she decided to go to the bathroom at the exact time in which we removed her diaper. This would result in us having to clean her, the changing table, ourselves, her hair, and would possibly mandate an outfit change for all parties involved.
Now that my baby’s a little older, these days our lack of punctuality is due to last-minute packing of the diaper bag with food, toys, wipes, diapers, spoons, bibs, extra socks and a change of clothes. Sometimes we are just trying to find and put the elusive socks and shoes on our baby. These excuses might not seem quite as acceptable, but they are still very real.
I’m sure promptitude gets even more challenging to achieve once your babies can start running away from you. However, the optimist in me hopes that it is more like an art form that can be mastered through experience, along with trial and error, and all-encompassing, preemptive preparations (if that were ever to exist).