The end of RSV season is coming up, meaning I’ll be more comfortable with venturing out into the big, wide world of germs.
(Yes, germs are necessary evils, but they’re a different sort of evil for preemies. We did a second season of isolation to help avoid hospitalization, which we have!)
With the kiddos growing into more independent, curious, new-experience-hungry people, it’s time to break free from our same-shit-different-day routine and venture out into the world.
I want to join the Mothers of Multiples group here in Charlotte, but what if ________? Fill in the blank with any sort of social fear, ranging from facing the judgment of other moms (am I doing this all wrong?) to being my awkward-turtle self and not fitting in (leftover middle school angst for the win).
I want to start taking the kiddos to story hour at a local library, but what if _______? They might eat books, throw triplety tantrums, wander away and get lost, blah blah blah.
Underneath the social fears lies the fear of getting off our schedule. I have three fairly decent nappers right now. Together. At the same time. Twice a day. They sometimes only need once a day, so that would free up time for an outing, but there are days when skipping a nap and only doing one leads into a several-day streak of sleep-related frustration. Part of me wonders if they’re ready for a break from the routine for that reason alone.
I’m obviously overthinking things, but I’m a planner (what? when did that happen?), AND I NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS.
Also intimidating me right now: I received a sample of cloth wipe solution with my Northern Essence order. That’s right – we’ve used cloth diapers for more than a year now, but I’ve been too chicken to stray from the familiar disposable wipes. The solution smells great (it reminds me of an Aveda scent), and it gets rave reviews – as do cloth wipes – so, I have no clue why I’m being a big chicken.
Ugh, the unknown. It makes me feel all itchy and sweaty.