I get that I like to be prepared for things, however my wife may have made a great point to me yesterday.
I like being ahead of schedule, for the pure fact that if anything goes wrong, I can correct it. If I know how something is working, I can make the proper adjustments, perfect it, and move forward. Robert, what the hell are you talking about? I’m getting there… hold up…
Baby X will be here May 11th (ish)… that means in about 4 months the baby will be coming to his home, and starting to take over what used to be ours, and making it his. So my thought is, I need to start Baby Proofing the house… right?
It makes sense to me… install all the latches, and door knobs, and bumpers, and wall outlets, and gates, and whatever else I threw in the cart. Install it now so we can get used to it, so that when we’re hands full with the precious baby, we won’t have to fidget with trying to open anything cause we’ll know it like second nature.
And then my wife goes and throws a wrench in my plan with a perfectly valid argument.
“Can we please just enjoy the doors and drawers how they are now, and hold off from doing it until we absolutely must?”
She goes on to say how we will be “using the baby proof-ed stuff for years upon years on end, so can we please… PLEASE, just enjoy the house the way it is now… baby proof-less? We will get used to all that stuff eventually… plus the baby isn’t going to be crawling immediately, the house won’t have to be necessarily baby proofed for at least 2 months after the birth.”
I have to say, she immediately won my vote for “greatest point made in an argument ever,” and I have to admit; why would I subject myself to having to open up cupboards and drawers by blindly finding the little push tab that no matter how many times you’ve opened them, it still surprisingly catches the strong, non-budging pieces of wood that protects the inside of the cupboard that contains what you need immediately with no struggle … Why would I want to do that right now?
Why would I want to almost piss myself by fumbling with the bathroom doorknob in the middle of the night, a whole 4 months before I’m forced into that seemingly un-openable lifestyle? Because I’m trying to prepare myself… ? It’s going to happen regardless of if I’m used to it or not.
Why would I force the stress upon us now, in this baby free zone, when we can enjoy about another half year of living without it!?!? Cause let’s face it, when that latch abruptly stops and ruins your flow, a piece of you dies each time.
“Hey babe you want something to…Ugnhh… fucking safety latch”
That would be me once a week… That immediate shock and disappointment makes you feel like the biggest failure sometimes… “I failed at opening this child safety latch;” and truthfully… I can live without that feeling for another 4-6 months.
The OCD along with my need to control the situation is pretty mad at me for letting this one go, but my wife and my lack of temper from the frustration of not being able to get a spoon for my ice cream on the first try, will thank me for the next 6 months.
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