You know the whole "you'll feel different when you have kids" thing?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
For instance, childed co-workers when I was childless. They were always taking time off to take their kids here and there or pick them up or stay home with them, and it was irritating. It felt like they were getting breaks for having a kid.
Yeah, that's not the case.
I am in the middle of a week during which I have accomplished nothing. Finn had an Early Intervention appointment this morning, and I did not get here until 10:30. On Friday, I have to leave at 2:00 to take him for two more booster shots. Couple that with the dentist appointment I had on Monday, which landed me in my desk at 11:00, and I am so discombobulated that I don't even think a to-do list would help. I may as well have taken the week off for "personal reasons" and spent the hours in between appointments cleaning or organizing the spices. It blows. It's definitely not a "break." Luckily, I have sick time to cover it because next week is going to be the same thing.
At the same time, I straddle that childed/childless line because I still find it irritating that I take all this time away from the office just because I have a kid.
But some things never change. Those kid-sized shopping carts at the grocery store? I still hate them, and Finn will not be using them when he is with me. They get in the way, and they piss me off. Kids don't need to help with the shopping. It's helping no one. If you want your kid to help you with a grown up task, do it at home, not in the cheese section of the store. Have fun letting your kid help feed the cats. He'll get in no one's way, and you can clean up the mess in peace.