This is my nephew Callum:
Darling, huh? Well his personality is darling too. He is friendly, affectionate, and smart. He hugs anyone, says that "Aunt Rachel" is his best friend, and rarely throws temper tantrums. Whenever he sees Noah, he says in an exuberant voice, "Hi, Baby Noah!" and insists on giving him a sloppy kiss.
Though he couldn't possibly be any sweeter, Callum can still be a handful because he has more energy than even your average 2.5-year-old.
I think I temporarily forgot that when I offered to run errands with him and Noah this morning. Cranky 7-week-old + Active 2.5-year-old + Multiple errands = Exhausting disaster.
My sister designs jewelry, and she has a big sale coming up this next weekend, so she asked if I could watch Callum this morning while she got some orders made. I agreed, but when I showed up at her house to pick him up, she said, "While you're gone, I'm going to run to the post office to mail a few of my orders and then to the muffin place because my groupon expires today."
"Doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of me watching Callum so you can work on jewelry?" I asked. "We can run the errands while we're out."
She looked skeptical. "Are you sure?"
"Absolutely," I insisted.
And so off we drove on our blissful little adventure. We rolled down the windows and looked at the trucks passing by. We sang "If You're Happy and You Know It." The skies were blue and a slight breeze was blowing...and then a cop pulled up behind me with his lights on.
Confused, I looked down at my spedometer. "I'm only going 43," I thought. "He must want me to pull over so he can pass by and continue on to an accident or something."
No such luck. As he was walking up to our car, Noah started screaming and Callum started yelling, "Hi, Policeman! Hi, Policeman!" I thought this might work in my favor, but the cop didn't even seem to notice.
"I thought the speed limit was 40," I said when he told me I'd been speeding.
"Yes, but this a school zone. So right now the speed limit is 30, and you were going 13 over."
I almost said the d-word, but I remembered that I had virgin ears in the backseat, so I refrained.
As we pulled away, a nice $100 ticket in hand, Noah seemed as upset about the ticket as I was--he started crying and didn't stop for the next hour. As much as I appreciated his empathy, I kind of wished he would put a sock in it.
Remember last summer when I got a speeding ticket on my way to church? And a year later, I'm getting a ticket as I try to do a favor for my sister?? It just isn't right.
So we continued on to the post office, and the line was massively long, so I decided to do the self-service station. Noah was screaming, and Callum was running around pulling envelopes off of the shelves. I told him to stop, so he started doing something else exciting--banging on the side of the counter. It was super loud, and everyone was staring, so I said, "Callum, please don't make a scene."
"But I need to make a scene, Aunt Rachel! I need to!" he insisted.
I shouldn't have laughed, but I couldn't help it. This kid is too much. I got him to come over and help me push the buttons on the self-service screen, but as soon as I put him down, he ran back to the counter and started banging, saying over and over, "I need to make a scene! I need to make a scene."
Well, you succeeded, Callum. We definitely made a scene!
So then it was on to the muffin shop. Callum helped me pick out the flavors of the muffins, and he said he wanted the chocolate one. I guess the lady behind the counter thought he meant immediately because she handed it to him while I was paying and didn't notice. (She obviously does not have children.) When I turned around, he was literally covered in chocolate, as was the floor all around him.
Noah was still crying.
I was planning to take them to the park afterward, but when the box of muffins spilled while I was buckling them into their carseats, I decided it was time to go home.
I have never been so exhausted.
My biggest question is...how do mothers of two children run errands??? How about three...four...five children?? Do they ever leave their houses?
I might not---at least not with Callum! :)