Nope. Not one of those days. One of those days!
Today has been so great, I knew it was a blog post waiting to happen.
Let's begin with Ayla sleeping in. She usually wakes up between 4 and 5 for a dream feed, but today it was closer to 6. Then, usually she wakes up for the day at 8 or 8:30, but today she slept until 10! More sleep=happy mama!
Then, I had to take our car to the dealership to see what was making this weird noise. Even John noticed it and he approved of me taking it in. Normally, we hate the dealership. It doesn't matter if we have an appointment or not, the service will take forever and they always find several hundred dollars worth of additional problems.
Today, I went in without an appointment. When I explained the problem, the nice, young gentleman behind the counter suggested we go for a ride so he could hear it. Of course, just like when you go to the doctor for that mysterious pain that then vanishes when he or she checks, there was no noise as we drove it around.
In what has to be a chances-of-winning-the-lottery type of event, he said there was nothing wrong with the car and no service was needed. Let me be clear. I took my car to the dealership, got immediate help, and not only spent no money, but was also told I didn't need to spend any money for anything!
Riding that high, I took Ayla on a little shopping trip over to Old Navy to spend the Groupon I bought last week ($10 for $20). I found a few cute dresses for her and a baby shower gift on clearance, and found that I fit into a Medium (Happy dance! It has been a long time since M graced my tags! And I don't even care if Old Navy's mediums are really XL and that the item was a pair of stretchy leggings.)
It got better when I got to the register. Did you know that Old Navy gives a 10% military discount on Mondays? I do now! In order to get that discount on my non-Groupon-discounted items, she had to do an additional transaction, so I apologized to the lady behind me. She was totally nice about it and said she'd do the same thing for a bigger discount.
Then, (I know, it just keeps going!) we had to go through Old Town to get home, during which we have a 50/50 chance of stopping at every red light (every block!), but today it was green the whole way.
By now it was time to feed Ayla, so she was letting me know she was hungry. Her communication was getting more and more intense, and by the time we got to Jiffy Lube for an oil change, she had added tears to the mix. The tech who came out to the car talked and played with her while I got the stroller out and another tech came over and started playing, too. They said they were both dads and they knew how it was. They took very good care of us.
While they were working on the car, we walked over to Panera for a yummy lunch. Friendly cashier, complimented Ayla, blah blah blah. I sat down to nurse her while I ate and realized I had left the diaper bag with the nursing cover in the car. I went for it anyway, since I really didn't have a choice! Thankfully, I was able to get a booth and Ayla helped me be discreet instead of her usual "let's play and be noisy while we eat so everyone will know what we are doing!"
And then when I went back to the cashier to buy some bread to take home, I realized I had earned a free pastry with my Panera points, so I got a "free" dessert on top of everything else!
Now, my day is not over yet, but it just keeps being awesome. Even while I was typing this, my friend who lives far away in Montana called and I got to hear about her beautiful baby boy (who just happens to have the same names as my oldest brother, so I have a special affinity for him). Then, I went to get the mail and met a nice new neighbor who is a grandma far away from her grandbabies, and you know what that means!
Let me close by saying this. I'm sorry if you had a bad day or a case of "the Mondays." It's probably because all the good stuff was happening to me. I hope it will be your turn tomorrow!
How was your day?