Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mr. Mom

I worked Monday night. Tuesday I discovered a huge bowl of homemade cookies on the counter. I mentioned to Larry that it looked like he had had a fun baking session while I was out the previous evening.

"Fun!" he snorted. "You wouldn't believe what happened! I had cookies in the oven, the phone rang, and Susie was in the bathroom yelling she had pooped in her pants! All at once!"

Hello? Where has this man been the past 17 years? I don't know about the rest of you moms out there, but what he described was my average day. My average good day, actually...

Larry did not appreciate my pointing this out. "The oven timer was going off, you know," he harrumphed.

Oh. Okay, then.

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23 comments:

  1. Gotta love the Dads.

    Stuff that we don't bother mentioning because it's just, you know, NORMAL gets them into an "I need sympathy" tizzy.

    Good grief.

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  2. Heh!!! My husband woke me up Monday morning asking me if I expected him to watch THREE (please note 2 were spending the night elsewhere) kids all by HIMSELF??? Granted we've only been at this for 11 years, but, I hear you.

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  3. I love it when things like this happen. Makes me feel so appreciated!

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  4. Oh my. That reminds me so much of when my now 16 and 14 year-old daughters were toddlers/preschoolers. God forbid I had a job or something else to do, and the husband had to watch the kids. He couldn't do anything else, like a load of laundry, fix dinner, or straighten up the living room, because he had to, you know, watch the kids.

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  5. Men are genetically incapable of multi-tasking. Cracks me up every time!

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  6. you know, the good wife that you are you should have been more appreciative of his hard hard work commenting on how well he did! ;-)

    you chose the road less traveled

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  7. He did not have to put up the the vomit, teenager drama, caterpillar's dropping from the ceiling, As the Refridgerator turns Wednesday, no one tried to take away his chocolate and hello I'm sure Aunt Flow didn't bother him either that day, so really he has nothing to complain about. His day was mild. But, shout out to him for even attempting to be you for a few hours.

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  8. My ex-husband used to comment about how I "stayed at home" and "didn't work"....even though I did home daycare and usually had 6-8 kids in the house. Until the week he decided to take vacation but since we weren't going anywhere I didn't cancel my daycare. Then he sure saw how much I worked!

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  9. My husband has a minor snit whenever a "stupid dad" commercial or show is on TV. However, I point out to him that means he's not allowed to PLAY the stupid dad to get out of something.

    However, we both agree that this is why he works and I stay home. The kids would be dead within 3 weeks if he tried to stay home with them full time.

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  10. We had a similar situation happen here. When I told my husband that what he just went through was a typical day for me he said "Yes, but you're good at it."

    Whether or not I'm "good" at handling chaos, it doesn't make it any easier.

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  11. Wow, Larry's good. Once my husband was unloading the dishwasher when the phone rang. He quit unloading because he had to answer it. Yet he's perfectly capable of napping while watching football on TV. Must be a Y chromosome thing.

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  12. Men just don't get it ... and probably never will.

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  13. Men are so clueless. I think the human race would have died off eons ago if men were in charge. They just couldn't handle it. We would have gone the way of the dodos.

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  14. Yes - that's what we moms would call an average Monday!!

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  15. Now my hubby would tell my 19 yr old to make the cookies, the 17 or 15 yr olds to answer the phone and the 13 yr old to change the stinky child. He supervises and directs them. :)

    When I was in the hospital last week, he managed to get the kids to school, the sick ones to the dr and grocery shop, but not much else. I don't think anyone got a bath for those 3 days.

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  16. LOL! This totally made my day. That's all that happened all at the same time? Lucky lucky man.

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  17. Several years ago, Devildog was a stay at home dad for 8 months. He quickly appreciated what I did (and didn't do) and has since then never nagged me about the house. Of course now that we have teenagers, he directs that nagging at them

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  18. Hmm... sounds like I'll be just fine as a dad. I'd be a terrible mom, though.

    ~Luke

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  19. LOL... I can just picture the scene! How perfect can it get?!!

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  20. He doesn't know that one of the dark mysteries of life is that everytime you put cookies in the oven, something unexpected will happen to interrupt the baking plan.
    It's a TRUTH we women have always known.

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  21. lol - The women of my family find it interesting that every Father's Day, when the women prepare the meal, we cook and watch the kids. On Mother's Day, the men cook and keep sending the kids out to us.

    Go figure.

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