Bug Bug, talking to herself, apropos of nothing: "For God's sake!"
5 seconds later: "I've got five things to do at once!"
Um, can't imagine where she heard anyone say that. Oh, wait. That is the kind of thing that comes out of my mouth all the time as I'm rushing around trying to get out of the house. No matter how much planning or lead time goes into getting ready in the morning, there is the inevitable last minute mad dash. I run around getting socks, shoes and jackets on, sending Bug to the bathroom, grabbing sippy cups, snacks, and lunches, etc. It makes me crazy, and as evidenced, I often let stress get the better of me. Most of the time, I've even prepped in advance: I make lunch the night before, I lay out clothes, and I restock the diaper bag.
What is the hardest for me is that Bug Bug always wants someone to accompany her. "Come with me to the bathroom." "Hold my hand to go to my room and get a hairband, but don't go first, I want to be the leader!" Intellectually, I know three-year-olds aren't capable of multitasking; in fact, it's not even on her radar. But I want desperately to be able to dispatch her to one task (e.g., bathroom, which I can't do for her no matter how much I want to) while I complete another (e.g., pouring milk, which is not really her area of expertise). Sometimes, I make a game of it, challenging her to see who can finish first. The problem is, she's got no skin in the game. She doesn't care about winning the imaginary contest if she can have me with her.
The result is that it takes us forever to mobilize. You'd think after almost four years I'd just know that and adjust. Either wake up earlier, cut out some of the steps, or just chill the fuck out. Hmm. I don't seem to be capable of any of those, though developing a zen-like attitude seems the easiest and most likely of the choices. I just hate hearing that voice reflected back in her playacting. Mostly it's vanity (god, how awful does that sound?) but also it's a good wake up call that I need to reprioritize.
Maybe I just need a less-attentive kid? Nah, probably not.