Summer FUN!!Christine Coppa
As a solo single working mom—life moves pretty fast. I slow down in July and August.
This is why I did freelance writing for glamour.com, thebump.com, the nest.com, and Parents mag throughout the year.
I’m also teaching an online class for mediabistro.com Monday NIGHTS this month—when JD is SLEEPING.
JD is in camp 3x a week, because I work in a magazine office doing fashion work. The other 2 days (when I’m normally writing, pitching editors, and working on my book) he’s home and we’ve been having a ball.
But, oh man—this kid is nonstop!
JD wakes up before 6 AM and it’s on. He wants breakfast, juice, cartoons, and to know what we’re doing for the day.
Sleepy-eyed I wake up, make coffee, and we start the day! After a 2 mile walk, we keep moving. On Thursday, JD had a dental exam—no cavities and a loose tooth! Next we got a pedicure (I got a pedicure, but let JD pick the color, an icy blue/grey, so everyone wins here). Onward, we picked up 2 kids meals at Wendy’s and then 2 gourmet wraps at the deli and headed to JD’s godmother’s house.
We spent the afternoon lunching and playing with Aunt Kate’s little boys. Well, JD played with Charlie who is 1 and I held baby Max the whole time, taking in his baby-licious scent, feeding him—and feeling baby-fever, hee hee. JD was a mix of jealous/desiring a sibling. I think more jealous though.
Next up, JD had swim class. We got to the gym and I realized I left his bag with his swim suit at Aunt Katie’s so we booked it to a nearby Target and bought a new suit and went back to the gym. JD and cutie-pie (of legal age, hee hee) Andrew had their private lesson. I checked emails.
Back at home JD was “starving for dinner and dying off thirst.” I had a ton of leftover Chinese food in the fridge so I quickly heated it up.
As soon as dinner was over, JD was recharged and wanted to know what we were doing. Mind you it was nearly 6:30 PM and we’d been running around ALL day!
“You need to go play with Lego or read a book—or watch TV, while I clean up these dishes,” I said.
“But mom,” JD said. “Moooooom! I wanna play with YOU! I wanna swim! I wanna play with my water gun in the courtyard, I want an ice pop, I want to play with Rocco upstairs, I want to do a project! Do we have chalk? I wanna call Uncle Carlo, I wanna—”
You know that scene in Big Daddy where Adam Sandler’s character yells “ALRIGHT!” at the little blond boy when he’s whining to watch “kangaroo dance.”
That was me. (Remember, I’m a solo single mom).
I left the dishes in the sink and we played in the pool till 8 PM. It was fun!
After JD passed out, I cleaned up, took out the garbage, caught up on work, did housework and made phone calls.
As the day ended … another one quickly began. Likely because I stayed up until 1 AM watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix. (Soooo good!)
“What are we doing today?” It was 5:40 AM and 101 degrees out.
We chilled at the indoor playground, shopped for snacks, and had a pool pizza party until 8 PM. So.Much.Fun—and perfect for pooping your kid out!
JD is currently watching Spongebob and has asked me 17x when the day is starting.
Happy weekend! We’re hiking, lunching, birthday day partying, and going to a summer festival! Hooray! Kid keeps me young! Love this little boy!
Share your weekend plans, kiddos!