I had an epiphany tonight at 11:30 as I stay up to bake brownies for Jesy. It is kind of my gift to her so that she has gifts to give at work tomorrow. Jesy loves to get other people things on her birthday, weird, I know. But several things dawned on me while I did my best Cinderella impression over a hot stove. Butttttt, it is her birthday tomorrow, so her strange requests do get a slight reprieve. And this year she gets to be pregnant on her birthday which is special enough. I would guess that she gets baby “stuff” for her birthday, which should take her from a slightly grouchy mood lately to a very happy mood. Perhaps another chance to help bond with the baby, that and from all accounts so far show a happy healthy, energetic baby.
But what, if anything did I really learn? I saw a glimpse into the future tonight my friends, what I saw was me…the parent….up late….doing the finishing work on the last-minute project our child told us about. And that job will certainly fall to me. Jesy will have a strict bedtime of 10:00 pm for the rest of our lives, that is a fact. Hard line. Mark my words, due to not only my ability to stay up late, but also my slight perfectionism and OCD I know I will just have to stay up to help any and all school projects look “just right.”
Please don’t think I resent it, that is not the case. It is only natural that it be this way. It’s kind of a Zen time. I don’t want to be too loud as to wake anyone up, so I just get to quietly drift off and think, or not think, and get stuff done, or just relax and finally unwind for ten minutes.
I also learned that since I will be the late night emergency parent it might come in handy to be ambidextrous. In stirring the batter for the brownies, Ghirardelli by the way, and then pouring out the batter into the pan with the same arms doing the same things the whole time was exhausting. I felt like I should look like Popeye after all that. Seriously though, learning how to stir with both hands is a key! But now I know and knowing is half the battle. And I hope that Hasbro hasn’t copy written that phrase. And I will take the 6 month window i have left and get some training in for ‘ol lefty. Might mean more baking, who wants more brownies?
I know Jesy loves me for my OCD, if for nothing else. Whether it was a calculated move on her part, or just luck on her part and since it was already almost 11:00 pm, not worth worrying about. Either way with me being alone in the kitchen for that long it forced me to sit and look at the disaster it has become. This can only mean that as soon as I’m done writing this, that I’m going to go pull the brownies out of the oven and then clean the kitchen. OCD has left me no choice.
Happy Birthday sweetheart. Enjoy all the warm blessings from all your friends and family and from the tiny little UA inside.