We are planners. We like to plan ahead as much as possible to make sure we arrive on time (which means early) for appointments, meetings, events, etc. We believe in the mantra "if you are not 15 minutes early, you are late."
Our son, however, has his own schedule. There is no rhyme or reason to what he wants to do when he wants to do it (except eat). We tried, as many new parents do, to get him on a schedule so we can have some semblance of balance and sanity in our world. And every time we think we have it down, he changes.
We used to not understand why our friends who had children were never on time. Now we do. No matter how early we try to leave for anything we are late. Without fail something comes up as we are ready to leave - he has to go to the bathroom (or went and needs a change), he has not woken up from his nap, etc. It has taken quite a bit of adjusting but we are learning we cannot control our schedules anymore. We have also learned that we should not purchase tickets to an event that are not refundable because there is a 50/50 chance (at best) of us making it on time if at all.
There is no doubt that we will keep trying, but deep down we know that the days of being on time are gone. If we are 15 minutes late we are on time...