Parenting: Tired With No Regrets

The weather Tuesday was BEAUTIFUL and right before our Midday newscast I wondered aloud to my co-anchor Don Roberts, “I want to take Liam to the zoo because it is so nice today, but I’m wondering if I’ll regret it by 6:30 because I’ll be so tired.” (Note: I am a morning anchor who splits her sleep, so I get half of my sleep in the early afternoon and the rest of my sleep after my 3-year-old goes to bed…then my alarm goes off at 2:15am every weekday).

Do you know what Don said to me next? He said, “You might be tired, but you won’t regret it. You’ll never regret it.”

Planning our route around the zoo

WHOA! A simple statement from my friend who is a father, a grandfather, a man who has been there and seen it all. I thought about those words and realized just how right he was.

So I picked up my little guy from “school” (it’s really daycare, but he learns so much there we call it school). He was SO excited to see me. Is there

anything better than walking into a room and your child gasping with excitement and shouting your name when they see you?

When I told him we were going to the zoo, he paused, absorbed the info, and then promptly started naming the animals we were going to see first (tigers and then lions in case you were wondering).

We had an awesome day at an awesome zoo. We spent quality mother/son time together, just the two of us. We pretended to be animals and we played in the Children’s Garden. We were able to pet a turtle…and draw in some sand Liam managed to find along a path.…and you know what?

At 6:30 I was tired…I was super tired…but the amount of times Liam looked at me and said, “I love you, Mommy,” throughout the day made me realize just how right Don was.

I will never regret a decision that leads me to spending quality time with my little boy. Never.