I was talking to a little girl this week. I asked what she wanted for Christmas. She answered that she would like a Unicorn. I said something like 'oh -a stuffed one?' She looked at me a bit strangly and said no, she wanted a real unicorn. One that she could keep in the backyard, and feed, brush its hair and ride. I wished her the best of luck and carried on with my day, but it got me thinking,
If reality wasn't an issue, what would you really want for Christmas?
Then, obviously, I made a list.
So here you go, what I REALLY want for Christmas.
1. More Hours in the day
So there is NEVER enough time to do what I want to do. Never. Just keeping up with the general upkeep of the house and the kids and work and life and stuff would take at least an extra 3 hours a day but if I add in all my 'desires', things that I'd really like to do, stuff like cleaning out the closets, organizing, going through clothes, and then things that I REALLY want to do - spend time with friends, binge watch TV, learn a hobby etc I have no hope of ever having time.
I know it's all about priorities, and remembering to make time for me (I do listen to myself sometimes! honest!)
So, if I'm wishing for things that can't really happen, more hours in the day is the first one.
2. More Sleep
I'm exhausted. I don't know if its because of the season and the stress, or if its 7 years of always sleeping with one ear 'on' to listen for kids, but man, am I tired.
When I was pregnant with our third child, I talked about renting a hotel room for one night. Not like a motel down the street, but a nice hotel, with a big fluffy duvet and lots of pillows and room service so that I wouldn't have to leave. It still sounds heavenly, but now I'd have to bring the baby so it's not the same.
Are you pregnant? Learn from my mistake! Especially if it's not your first. Go. Go to a hotel and get sleep while you can. As for the Christmas list, I'd just really like more sleep. That's it.
3. An extra arm
How many times have you been carrying 5 bags of groceries, a baby, your purse and a coffee (see number 2) when an older child says "can you carry my coat?"
Even without the added whatever from the older child, wouldn't an extra arm come in handy? You could use it to pour a drink while still getting dinner ready, or drink your wine while still helping in the bathroom. Eat dinner while still nursing the baby. Eat dinner, drink something and hand your toddler who ran away from the table a piece of food. I can think of a hundred uses for an extra arm. Come to think of it, shouldn't mothers have evolved an extra arm by now? Wouldn't that make sense?
4. Calorie free chocolate and wine.
Do I really need to explain this one? I think it's pretty self explanatory. While we're making things calorie free though, guacamole, beer, chicken wings, cheesecake...
5. A magic clock
There are some stages of childhood that I would do with my kids over and over again if I could I love watching them learn new things, and when these things click and you can see it? It's magic. The newborn stage, when they're all squishy, and loving and just want to be held and fed, I could do that forever.
Learning to walk, when they're all wobbly, and falling all the time? That's not a favorite stage. It makes me nervous. And while those stages aren't my favorite, I wouldn't want to skip them completely, just make them move a little faster.
Plus, if we had a magic clock I could get a do-over when I screw up. Bad morning where there are some harsh moves trying to get everyone moving? Rewind. Really slow walk home from school because we need to look at every stick and bang it against every tree? Fast forward.
See, it would be great!
6. More naps. But more awake time. But more naps. But awake. But naps.
I can't be the only mother who spends a lot of the time her children are awake wishing they would go to sleep and then wishing they would wake up already when they are sleeping.
I always see to want the opposite of what is happening. Generally, I'm never happy with the current situation. I don't really know how to fix this, aside from addressing it in myself but I thought I'd mention it regardless. We are suspending reality, right?
So, what's on your list? What would you ask for if reality wasn't an issue? Post in the comments!