DO stay up late on your birthday-eve reading Newsweek. You'll regret it in the morning but the quiet, uninterrupted reading time is worth it.
DON'T let your 5-year-old get sick causing lots of extra laundry
DON'T schedule your kids check-ups for your birthday especially when they both need SHOTS
DO take yourself to Denny's for a French Toast brunch (after Doctor's appointments) and let your kids both order their own meal from the kids menu. (No forced sharing means no fighting.)
DO order hot chocolate (instead of water) because, doggone it, you're worth it!
DO keep your bowel-control-challenged 5-year-old home from school and force both boys to take naps.
DO turn off the ringer on the phone so YOU can take a nap.
DO order Chinese for dinner so neither you nor your husband has to cook.
DO NOT order Chinese from a new place in a different town without telling your husband who drives to the old one first.
DO eat as many servings of dessert as you want and blame it on the baby.