I did it! As crazy and impossible as I thought it would be, I brought Phoebie and Breyen out for lunch on my own!
Phoebie had an early day in school today because of National Day Celebrations and would be home by lunch time. I thought about what to cook for lunch and gave up after a while. I figured it might quite be an adventure to bring both Phoebie and Breyen out for lunch, and well, there’s always a first time for everything.
Right after Phoebie alighted her school bus, we went on our way to the mall nearby for lunch. I tried my best to think of food that Phoebie would definitely eat on her own without much nagging and asked her, “Udon or pizza?”
“Udon,” she said, and I knew where we had to go.
When Phoebie’s food came, she started to kick a fuss and I had to hold my breathe so that I wouldn’t blow up at her. She must hv been quite hungry and wanted to eat her food quickly, but the udon was piping hot. I tried my best to blow at her food and reminded her to do the same before she ate. In her hurry, she must have burnt herself a little and started whining. I told her that if she was going to whine, she wasn’t going to get her food. After a couple of reminders, she finally settled herself down and ate her food.
Thankfully, the meal went on quite smoothly from there. I ate my handrolls and sushi as quickly as I could and just as I finished, Breyen started to whine. I picked him up and sat him on my lap while making sure that Phoebie was eating her food.
Just as I was paying for lunch, Breyen started to cry. It was his turn for lunch. I guess my plan to feed him when we got home wasn’t going to work. I hurriedly brought the kids to the nursing room in the mall.
To be honest, I was worried that Phoebie would open the door to the nursing room while I was feeding Breyen. Thankfully, I thought of giving her a pen and a piece of paper to draw on. That kept her occupied long enough for me to feed Breyen.
After Breyen had his lunch, I told Phoebie we had to go to the supermarket. In my mind, I was thinking that I had to hurry because I knew Phoebie would be tired since she woke up at 6 in the morning.
True enough, she started to whine again when we were buying groceries. It didn’t help that I was getting irritated by this woman who inconsiderately left her shopping cart in the middle of one lane while taking up another lane to pick out her fish. I wanted to say “b*tch” but Phoebie was there, so I just thought it in my head.
Phoebie wanted to hold the bananas we were buying and refused to stand properly. I really had to hold myself back from raising my voice. I didn’t want to hold up the line with my already-tired-and-whiny preschooler, so I just told her firmly to move.
Phoebie asked me why she was covered with the “milk thing” and I told her it was because it was drizzling. She must have found it quite funny.
The outing ended with Phoebie telling me that she wanted a snack when we got home.
I was quite glad when she said, “I’m tired…”
So okay, bringing the kids out for lunch on my own isn’t that all that impossible after all. As long as I prepare myself and remind myself to be firm with Phoebie but not flare up at her, and to remain calm when Breyen cries, I can do it.