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How hard can filling out a preschool application be? Apparently, pretty hard when you’re me! We’ve all had them before: those total space-cadet, out-to-lunch, #momfail moments. Let me tell you about mine.
The day registration opened at the preschool we wanted our son to attend, I had my husband rush over and drop off our application. Then I breathed a sigh of relief! Our paperwork was in, and I felt good about our chances of getting a spot.
But hours later, I started to get the nagging feeling something was wrong. I looked at my copy of the application, and there it was: my epic #momfail. I’d written my son’s birthday down wrong. (Who does that?!) The day and year of his birthday are consecutive numbers, and I’d flip-flopped them. Classes are filled according to age, so reporting him as a four-year-old when he’d actually be three was a crucial mistake.
So I tucked my tail between my legs and emailed the preschool director. Then I followed up with a phone call a few days later. “Yes, I’m the mom who wrote her son’s birthday down wrong…. Can you make that change for me?” Throughout the conversation, I was imagining the director hauling out a red pen and marking our application with a giant X.
What’s funny is, this wasn’t my first #momfail moment with this preschool. A few months earlier, I’d applied, thinking I was getting my paperwork in early for the 2017-18 school year. Instead, I got a rejection letter saying classes were full. I had a confusing phone conversation with the director, only to realize later I’d applied for the 2016 school year, already underway. D’oh.
In my defense, this all went down last fall while I was operating on a major sleep deficit. I had a new baby at home who wasn’t yet sleeping through the night, and who began waking up even more frequently at night for the weeks leading up to cutting his first tooth. I was a walking zombie. (When in doubt, blame teething, right?!)
In the end, I’m happy I goofed on something as silly as a preschool application. I’m also glad preschool is still months away. Hopefully by the time school starts, I can make a new first impression, rather than the one I made during my #momfail moments.
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