• Yoga Mom

    That hurt simply to read. Cheers to another year.

  • http://smithshack71.blogspot.com/ SmithShack71

    Dammit. We moms have the power to become super human, and it’s usually without even trying. Sorry about the finger. Both your girls are lovely. And the extra 25 minutes means every fucking thing.

  • MT2SLC

    I recently produced a spur of the moment Band-Aid for a young stranger. She had to be in the 22-25yrs old range. She was absolutely astounded that I had band-aids IN MY PURSE. I was like, “Girl, when you’re a Mom, you’ll be able to treat wounds, create a spontaneous Halloween costume, and whip up a Thanksgiving feast just from the contents of your purse”. You just wait….

  • http://www.sistersfromanothermister.com Nicole Morgan

    Love the outfit … btw, had the pleasure of her company at Family Forward this weekend … she is quite the ham!

  • Amy G

    25 whole minutes?!! I’d settle for 15 minutes alone in the bathroom. I’m not joking or being sarcastic in any way when I say that.

  • Vicky

    Back in 1992, I fell in the shower and cut my knee wide open (broke the tile in the tub!) on the morning of my first day of college. My husband wanted to rush me to emergency, but I’d been told that they would withdraw me from all of my classes if I missed the first day, so I (scotch) taped some tissues over the wound and went to class. I didn’t know that someone’s eyes could roll so far back in their head until my professor saw the blood spilling through my pants and I explained the situation. She sent me to the school infirmary to get stitched up…but I WASN’T LATE and I DIDN’T miss the first day of classes! I know your pain, Heather, and the need to follow life’s rules regarding timeliness. Hope your finger heals soon.

  • crooked teeth

    Last week I stubbed my (sandaled) toe while walking my daughter to her first day of first grade. The skin completely came off, leaving a bloody, raw circle of toe meat. But nothing was going to stop this momma! I know it’s been said before, and it kinda offensive, but if that (or your accident) had happened to my boyfriend, he’d check himself into the ICU.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Oh my god, that is exactly something I would have done, and had the professor sent me to the infirmary to get stitched up I would have been like YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND. I have to be here! I WILL WIN THIS.

  • Anamaria

    Heather, you don’t know me, but from here behind my computer screen I have read about the parts of your life you’ve shared with us and I’ve rooted for you and cried with you and experienced a whole gamut of emotions I never thought I would feel for a stranger. Today, looking at Leta’s photo I teared up and felt so happy for you and imagined how proud you must be of her.

    Thanks for everything you do. My world is a better place for having you in it.

  • Heather Armstrong

    I know firsthand that you are not joking or being sarcastic. There are times when I beg for two minutes to pee alone, just two minutes, kid, that’s all I’m asking.

  • Heather Armstrong

    She had so much fun! And yes, her personality is not one of a wallflower.

  • Heather Armstrong

    When I first started reading this comment I got a little anxious because a lot of people who come here to tell me that they are SO DONE begin with, listen, I have rooted for you and I’ve been reading for a long time. But then when I finished reading it I just started bawling. Proud, yes, I am so proud of her. A little wistful at how fast she is growing. So much emotion is tied up in these milestones.

    Thank you so much for sharing that with me. That really made my day.

  • Anamaria

    So many times you’ve made me cry…I’m happy to return the favor ;)

  • Nicole S.

    My girls started fifth grade and kindergarten this year. Dropping them both off and picking them up in the same place has been amazing, so I know exactly how you are feeling….minus that whole finger thing. It’s the little things that makes us mothers happy.

  • mjbutah

    I told my kids on a daily basis “See this door? This bathroom door? When this is closed, I can not hear you. I can not see you, or help you with anything. Don’t even bother unless you are on fire trying to contact me through this door.”
    It worked better in my head than it did in practice but at least they hesitated.

  • http://www.kimskitchensink.com/ Kim’s Kitchen Sink

    And now your comment has made me cry. Because yes, samesies.

  • twohotpotatoes

    5th grade fashionista! Love that dress. I adhere to a “mostly stripes” wardrobe, and I find fellow “stripe lovers” to be good people. It’s not a hard and fast rule, but it’s a pretty solid indicator.

  • Diana

    In high school I put my arm through a window — we really needn’t discuss the hows and whys, I just did. I taped a folded up paper towel over it and went to school, upon arriving my boyfriend saw the blood that had soaked through to my sweater sleeve, insisted on looking at the wound and then promptly forced me into his car, drove me to my mother at work, went inside and brought my mother out to me (because I refused to participate in any of this nonsense) at which time they both took me to the hospital and regaled the hilarious (to them) story of how I thought I could just go to school all day while the doctor stitched it up. I still have a two-inch scar. I totally get this.

  • SnapHappyGirl

    Oh I feel your pain…similar situation with finally sending my last child off to school-ALL DAY no less. I thought that finally I could do what I have always wanted to do when I sent that last child off to school- lay in my pool, on a raft and do NOTHING…as I lowered myself on to my glorious raft on that beautiful warm SoCal day, little did I know that a flipping wasp was going to ruin the hell out of that moment. Arm down and BAM- the little wasp stung me. I have severe reactions to those types of insects and here I was all by myself with no one to SAVE me! HA- I ran around my house wildly yelling to NOBODY- “Help I just got stung by a wasp!” I had to call 911 for help. I spent that lovely first day freaking out that I was going to die and no one would find me until they got home and it would ruin my kids first day of school.
    BTW: Leta looked amazing on her first day…she is growing into a lovely young lady. Good job Mom!

  • RzDrms

    While wearing what is now probably called a hooker skirt and my black nylons, I once ironically got the heel of one of my pointy black pumps stuck in the “no-slip” grooves hurrying down some stairs in college while rushing to give an Extremely Important Presentation. I fell *forward* and gashed my knee down onto a lower stair, causing a walk-of-shame type of tear in the ‘hose and a ton of blood. I randomly had a new pack of nude pantyhose in my car (?!), so I put those on for my presentation, still shaking and with a bloodied, smoooshed-down kneecap. Classssssy.

    I’ve read some funny stuff on your website – like when Marlo far-reeeeked out at the autoflush toilet – but I really giggled out loud at the “For 10 gallons at $3.47/gallon” sentence. :-)

  • http://www.timeismoneymommy.com/ Keri

    My kids are in school together finally (preschool and first grade), so I know how you feel. Congrats! When my son was an infant I sliced my scalp open on the glass door of the medicine cabinet. I had to get a newsletter out that morning, so I went in to the office with bloody hair. It was my first few weeks back after maternity leave, so I’m not sure what I was thinking. My boss (a mom herself) took one look at me and sent me home. A few staples and an afternoon at home, and I was okay again. Hope your finger is feeling better :)

  • foundmercy

    Hahaha, mothers! WE SHALL NOT BE LATE, Amen.

  • lizcrewzn

    This is amazing. The whole thing. When I dropped my 3.5 year old and 11 month old off at preschool this morning (only 3.5 hours for the older and a HALF DAY for the younger), it was all I could do to keep myself from throwing up both my arms in victory as I bolted out of that school. In the one hour and 38 minutes I had when I wasn’t driving to and from pick-up I cleaned my kitchen, put away 300 toys and books, went to the dry cleaners, made a return at Lowe’s and took laundry to be cleaned (yeah I did). Alone time is a miracle.

  • lizcrewzn

    Also…your Grade K post… she’s the most precious thing and I LOVE your “who’s on your team?” line. I’m stealing that one. Thank you! :)

  • joanlvh

    I have had the same injury, finger between door and jam, Ouch and double ouch, thought I would faint and I have never fainted!! I did not know I had survived a pain worse than childbirth without
    medication, I think I am kind of pround of myself now!!

  • Cassie Sue

    My son just did the same thing to his finger, AND fractured the tip of it. So we spent 5 hours in the emergency room on Father’s Day. SO. MUCH. FUN. NOT!!

  • Heather Wilson

    Leta’s hair looked beautiful! So sorry to hear about your finger. Enjoy the extra time in the morning on all the other days of the school year!

  • Teal

    I know I shouldn’t laugh at someone else’s pain, but “shfingah”cracked me up! Did you have to get stitches?

  • Tracie

    Feel bad for laughing. Your poor fingey.

  • Tiffany Palella Cronin

    I have enjoyed watching Leta since she was a baby and have followed you since before then. I can not believe how grown up she looks. I felt tears sting my eyes when I saw this picture of her, she’s growing up and coming into her own. As much as she may not like you touching her hair, I’m sure the extra attention on that morning made her feel special and loved. Before long, she’ll be asking you to curl her hair for parties and special occasions and I hope you remember the joy you felt at this moment rather than thinking, “ugh, again.” I’m 35 and I still ask my mom to do my makeup for special occasions and she says nothing makes her happier. I cannot wait to share that with my own daughter (who also doesn’t let me touch her hair, put cute bows in, or even brush it).
    As for your finger, you did what only another mother could possiblly understand. Mother of the year award to you!!

  • Noelle Swafford Buttry

    I was sure you were going to pass out. I would have.

  • Anna

    I have slammed my finger in a door twice. Both times, I literally fainted from the pain. I could not imagine driving so soon afterwards – that’s commitment :)

  • Meg

    I’ve suffered from horrible migraines and debilitating cramps for years (decades) but NOTHING compares to the pain of breaking my toe. (The trauma from the break caused arthritis in that joint, so, you know, eternal pain in one digit because WHY.) It really is astounding how fingers and toes result in excruciating pain when they are such small portions of the body.

  • emma

    aw, dude. on Mother’s Day I dropped my daughter’s full water bottle on my middle toe and like you said, natural childbirth/big baby/not generally a wuss. but uh oh that shit was legit. I kept moaning “why does it feel like it’s still happening?! why?!!!!”. I took some Tylenol or something and then some more and after an hour of writhing in pain (while my family ate Mother’s Day brunch) I finally took my husbands suggestion and had a shot of whiskey. at like 9:30 in the morning. it totally worked. but damn, I’d still call that the most painful thing I’ve ever endured.

    p.s. I accidentally dropped another full bottle of something or other on my dog’s foot recently and the look she have me combined

  • emma

    with the immediate full body quiver sent me into a guilt filled flashback.

  • twocharacters

    I’m pretty sure she looks more stylish than I’ve ever looked.

  • Bdub

    My son is 10, plays the piano, and seems to have a similar personality to Leta. It makes me so happy to read about her accomplishments and about her making friends. My son still struggles socially to connect with other kids because he would rather be reading a book! Leta gives me hope that one day he will come out of his shell also. You are doing a fabulous job!!

  • Beth

    First: Your daughter is a knockout. What a sweetie pie!
    Second: I’m pretty sure we need to see a picture of your finger. ;-)

  • Angela

    I am still laughing at toe meat.