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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Physics Lesson


There’s a law in physics that talks about every action having an equal and opposite reaction. I think. Now, I know I could Google this information pretty quickly, but I don’t want to do that. First of all, if I’m wrong, then the concept of this post won’t work. Secondly, I prefer to remember all of the limited physics knowledge I have coming from the school of Mike Cannon of Las Vegas – one of the greatest TV shows ever. Don’t underestimate Mike Cannon; he went to MIT, people!


Anyway, I’m off on a tangent (and I DO know what that means, thank you minor in math). What I want to talk about is how parenting is a lot like physics. Parenting involves a ton of anticipation; from the moment you pull the pregnancy test out of its foil wrapper, you’ve opened yourself up to the greatest sort of anticipation in the world. Boy or girl? Who will the baby look like? Shy or outgoing? Blue eyes or brown? The list is endless.

I’m learning, though, that for all of that anticipation, there’s an equal amount of regret involved. Maybe regret isn’t the right word. Maybe it’s something more like “what in the world was I thinking????”

For example, we watched Dylan for days when he was on the verge of crawling, anticipating his first little scoots across the floor. Adorable, right? I had to remind myself of that a couple of weeks later, when I left the room for about thirty seconds, only to return to find him perched on the top of the little picnic table in the dining room.

I remember waiting for what seemed like forever to hear Abbey’s sweet little voice say its first words; now there are days when I think I might pull out my hair if she starts one more sentence with, “I want…”

I’m currently lamenting the fact that Dylan seems to be a worse sleeper than Abbey, which I wasn’t really sure was possible. Yet, I know that one day I’ll be waiting for them to crawl out of bed after a late night out (I remember my own teenage years), and I started to think about how at least now I know they are safe at home, in bed or in our arms, and there’s something to be said for cuddling a baby well into the morning hours.

Basically, the physics of parenting states that for each moment of realized anticipation comes a bit of regret. Each of their little phases are so fleeting and sweet, and wishing them away simply so that I can get a better night’s sleep is only going to come back to haunt me in the end.

Of course that’s easier to say right now than it will be at 2:45 am when Dylan’s up for the sixth time in an hour…

MIT, feel free to contact me at your convenience for the guest professorship on Parenting Physics. You should see my kids demonstrate that irresistible force/immovable object law (or something like that.)

Photo evidence showing they already like to prove me wrong:
maybe the problem is that we expect them to sleep in their cribs?
seriously
he fell asleep before I even got his little pants all the way up
of course getting pants over a cloth diaper does take a little extra time
she didn't fall asleep with shoes on
she stayed asleep when I put them on
we were running late (of course that's when they decide to sleep)

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11 Comments:

  • At September 14, 2010 at 6:20 PM , Blogger Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli said...

    I can't believe he fell asleep before you got his pants on!! Your parenting physics philosophy has a lot of merit.
    My youngest is a terrible sleeper too but she's 3 and a half. I've just about had enough.

     
  • At September 14, 2010 at 10:40 PM , Blogger angela said...

    Kristin, Oh no! My oldest is 2 and a half, and I was hoping there was an end in sight. I guess I will have to hold out for the sleep-soaked teenage years...

     
  • At September 15, 2010 at 3:24 PM , Blogger Happy2bme said...

    Haha - what a cute and funny post. I love the pics.

     
  • At September 15, 2010 at 5:29 PM , Blogger Jackie said...

    Oh my gosh - that is one of the best parenting posts I've read in a while. It's so, so true.

    And, I cannot get over the fact that both kids fell asleep in the middle of your living room...and your baby before you finished with the diaper! My girls are bed sleepers. They rarely even fall asleep in the car or even the sling/baby-carrier anymore. And I love that you have photographic evidence too.

     
  • At September 16, 2010 at 8:27 PM , Blogger angela said...

    Jackie, I would be dead if my kids didn't sleep places other than their beds. Half the time Dylan refuses his crib, and Abbey hasn't taken a nap in hers since before her 2nd birthday. My head almost explodes just thinking about it!

     
  • At September 18, 2010 at 10:57 AM , Blogger Stacey @ Entropified said...

    Those pictures are so cute.

    Yes, the sleeping thing is really . . . something.

     
  • At September 18, 2010 at 9:41 PM , Blogger Jennee said...

    Wow, that's exhausted!

     
  • At September 19, 2010 at 12:14 AM , Blogger Karen Peterson said...

    Oh, your kiddos are too cute!

    I know what you mean, although I don't have kids of my own. My nephew is 5 now and I love when I get the chance to watch him. But about an hour into it when he still hasn't taken a breath because he's been talking the whole time and he wants me to drag every toy out of his closet that vaguely resembles a train and I just want to sit down for five minutes, I think that someday, all too soon, I'm going to miss this.

     
  • At September 19, 2010 at 12:31 AM , Blogger Cheryl said...

    omg - those pictures are PRICELESS! Before I saw the close-up shot I was all, "WHERE ARE HIS LEGS?!?!" And yes, you are so right about how fleeting the moments are.

     
  • At September 19, 2010 at 12:59 PM , Blogger Jen said...

    I am always impressed where and when kids can fall asleep.

    Great post. I stopped over from the red dress club.

     
  • At September 19, 2010 at 9:55 PM , Blogger angela said...

    Thanks to everyone for the kind comments & for stopping by!

    Cheryl, how funny that you thought he was missing his legs :)

     

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