Friday, March 27, 2009

Awkward Mommy Moments

Here are some awkward mommy moments that I would like to forget.

1. My first son was around 2 years old. On Saturday, we would stroll around the mall together. He loved to get out of his carriage to walk around. One time, he must have slipped and grabbed onto my pants to keep from falling. Well, I was wearing my mommy comfort elastic pants. My little guy managed to pull my pants down to my ankles. I can still hear the teenagers behind me laughing as I quickly pulled my pants up. Before I had kids, I would have been mortified. Instead of jumping into a store to hide, we kept on walking off to the food court. After giving birth in front of a bunch of strange nurses and assistants, I was used to being a bit of a spectacle.

2. This next awkward moment happened during a family wake. My second son loved to breastfeed. The kid had a ravenous appetite. I felt like he was attached to me every waking moment. At the wake, I looked for a quiet room to feed him. I found an empty sitting room. Gratefully, no casket was present. While he was nursing away, two older women enter the room. I was probably more "exposed" than they thought was appropriate. I was asked, "What are you doing in here?" Red in the face, I replied, "Feeding my baby." Off they went in a huff.

3. At my older son's soccer tournament, I was trying to "socialize" with the other soccer moms. I knew a few of them, but I thought that I would attempt to get into the inner power parent circle. Usually, at practice, I'm the mom with little ones running around in the back of the field. On this day, I decided to start up some conversation. Here is the two second conversation between me and one of the soccer "power moms".

Me: Your son was wonderful in the Shakespeare play.

Ten second pause as I stand there smiling.

Power mom: My son was not in that play. You must have him confused with someone else.

Conversation ended.

I didn't even get the chance to redeem myself in any way. Sometimes I have to take a double take to figure out which kid is mine running on the soccer field. All of those long haired boys start to look alike from a distance. Hopefully, I'm not labeled as the scatterbrained mom with all those kids.

I'm sure I could come up with even more of my less glamorous mommy moments. If only I had videotaped some of these embarrassing events, maybe I could have been on the funny home video tv show. I better not give my husband any ideas. He'll probably follow me around with the camcorder, assuming that I'll screw up soon :) Enjoy your Friday!


kel said...

Oh my gosh... you had me laughing out loud!! Isn't it funny how our idea of what is embarrassing changes once you have kids!

shabby girl said...

Keeps life fun, huh? I love those stories.
I was never allowed inside those power mom circles. I'm not sure why...private club. But all the hours that were spent on those fields, I always ended up thinking that they never shut up, never take a breath. I gladly moved down the field just to rest my ears.

Joanne said...

Gotta love those awkward moments ;)

At least you have a great sense of humor about them! Everyone goes through them in one way or another, it's just awkward right when they're happening. Later, they're stories to tell!

Michelle said...

Oh, it's not just you. There are lots of us out there with some of these types of moments, although thankfully I've never been pantsed.

Ok, except for the time with an old bf who had a medical issue that required nursing care for an accident. I was helping for awhile but had to go travel for work so his mom was coming in to help. He was getting a bath and I was helping -- I hadn't dressed yet. The buzzer on his apartment door went off, and I was hopping into some shorts on my way to the buzzer when they opened the back door and saw me in all my glory. That was fun. I'd completely forgotten about that until now.

Ahhh, the good old days :)

Anonymous said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one.

I always feel awkward trying to talk to the other mothers.

T Rex Mom said...

Thanks for sharing your awkward mommy moments - makes me feel like "one of the club" to have my own - I can relate to those breastfeeding moments.

The first one - my face turned red just thinking of that happening to me - you poor dear! But then again, I totally get what you mean - when you deliver a baby in a room full of people, there is a lot of inhibition that is lost. Have a great weekend!

judith ellis said...

Thank you for sharing these. They're wonderful!

Dani said...

Wow. I would have to say every mother gets crazy moments like these.
#1 I probably STILL would have run into another room, even after giving birth in a room full of people. I probably wouldn't get embarrassed from the mere happenstance, but hearing someone say anything about it would make me bright red.
#2 My word those people are ridiculous! What do they expect? Breastfeeding is purely natural. I would have given them the death-stare. :)
#3 I've always been so horrible at making conversation, but I'm getting better at it. I just say whatever I'm thinking about and it usually sorta works. (...sorta- except for the moments when what I say is greeted by a "where-in-the-heck-did-that-come-from?" look.)

The Write Girl said...

This is very funny!! I had to laugh at the last one. "Conversation ended" : ) We all have our moments but it's the fun and silly moments that makes you interesting.

H.K. said...

Reading your post today made me laugh out loud! I relate to #1, but my pants was pulled down when I was in Junior High. And I totally relate to #3, very awkward. It's the kind of situation that you laugh about it later...much later.

Have a Happy Friday!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Really funny stuff. Just stopping in for the 1st time here. Have a great weekend.

Heather said...

I have so many awkward embarrassing moments I can't even remember them all. My friends joke about "I did a Heather".

I agree with you about having given birth in front of loads of people - after that you can handle anything embarrassing.

Anonymous said...

I have so many moments, where to begin? Perhaps the time my 3 year old asked the overweight lady when her baby was due... That was fun!

Sabrina said...

That sounds like me. I've never fit in with other moms...even less so as a stay-at home-mom...I'm just weird I guess! I have given up trying to talk at those kinds of things!

Annie Wicking said...

Thank you for sharing your stories with us. Kids are great at reminding us to keep our feet on the ground.

Rachel said...

Love this post! I think those moms think I'm the "scatterbrained mom with all those kids", too!

I'm sorry, but I LOL at your pants falling down! I'm still wearing maternity pants! My baby's 9 months old!

And let those old biddies scoff! Would they rather your child cry the entire service???

Jenners said...

Are you kidding me? There are soccer power moms? When does this high school crap end?!!!??? I'm doomed!

And those old ladies at the wake? Grow up!

And pants around the ankles? Oh Lord! Note to self: Stop wearing elastic waist pants to avoid this same problem.