Seriously. I love to make people laugh, and tend to think I can be clever sometimes- but I know half the time people are probably giving me courtesy laughs, it still makes me happy. 🙂 But after I posts the “Day in my Brain’ post a few months ago, I had so many people contact me or mention in passing that they thought it was funny or relatable, I figured after my day on Wednesday, I’d write another one.
Here goes! You asked for it!
6:15am Baby cries. Mmmmm. I tell myself “I LOVE MORNING!” But I know its a lie today.
6:30am other 3 kids are up and playing legos and racing cars in the living room while daddy puts together a lunch and leaves for work, and as I am sitting on the couch in a blanket supervising with my eyes ‘closed’ …. 😀 I hear the water splashing sounds……. ya…….. and then I see the baby with wet toilet paper that is tinged yellow in his hands. Yummy! :/
7:45 am oldest gets off to school with a very nutritious lunch of chips, a baby food pureed fruit container, water bottle, and granola bar. Hey, whatever makes her happy and EAT at school… right?? and an outfit that consisted of jeans with a skirt overtop in a hot pink cheetah print, green shirt, and non matching socks… but I count it a victory that she found TWO socks! Ha!
8:30 other kids fed and off playing….. too quietly…..while I am coaching my health and fitness group clients ….. but time to check on them…… what do I find? My tampons have been converted to “shooters”and there is a grand tampon war going on in my closet! Seriously???????? And the baby is enjoying the crunchy wrappers. Wow. Yes, its only 8:30am.
9:30 am baby has a nap- means I work out for 30 mins….. and my cheering team is giving me lost of motivation which consists of “mom? Do you know you are not doing what the people on the TV are doing?” Yes…. I know dear…… and “Mom, I think you need to practice more. Your leg isn’t very straight.” Yes…… thank you dear……. and “Mom you are the strongest in our family. Even stronger than Dad!” YES! Thank you dear! I know I rock! 🙂
10:30 am Showered and ready for the day and I look at my phone and see a missed call ….. and realize I forgot a dr appt at 10am for L. Oh glory! Well, we rescheduled that one for 4pm… we’ll see if I remember! Time to read some scriptures………. with the sounds of children screaming down stairs and singing “Let it GO” at the top of their lungs….. hope the baby sleeps through it…….. nope.
11:15am After changing and feeding the baby [which consisted of crawling on all fours after the little man squirmed out of my arms at least 50 times while trying to diaper him and eventually had both of his legs pinned under my legs to get the job done…. dressing him was quite similar. WHY??? He wants me to hold him a good deal of the rest of the day, but dressing and diapering must be ingrained in their brain as “Mom wrestling time”. Golly!] I realize that L needs to be on the bus in 5 minutes. Yes, it seems to evade me every time. So we got her dressed in a menagerie of clothing items fit for the season I’m sure……. flip flops and chance of snow? Hmmmmm…. and a baggie of apple slices with a half jelly sandwich.
11:30 am. SCouts stuff. Good ol’ scout stuff. Mmmhmm. Go to the scout store (which involves shoes and socks and purses and diaper bag and oh yes, the children……) and find our account is empty (those in Scouts know how awesome that is.) Lovely. Story over.
12:30pm Lunch. Luckily for me I’ve got that one covered, but the kids- lets see. Baby would like some bananas I think……. nope. But it makes for some nice hair gel I see! [insert Eye roll] Then the 5 yr old decides that he will have strawberries, good choice! And later you see that the container is full of about 16 berries with one bite from each. Oh that is lovely. Glad we can finish those up for him later at dinner. The sisters are going to be so pleased! Ha!
1:30pm. Oh yeah! I’ve got to teach a lesson in Gospel Doctrine sunday—- lets finish reading up on that……with a baby climbing in my lap and selecting interesting websites on the iphone and even posting a recipe to my timeline. Smart little twerp… and in the end, the lesson was partly read, Mickey’s Christmas Carol was read instead, and the rice on the floor that was played in during the first part of this reading effort was discovered and cleaned up. Anyone else have busy boys??? Ya, YOu know what I’m talking about!
2:45pm Baby goes down for second nap. THANK THE HEAVENS. And now its time for something productive…. laundry? hmmm. dishes? hmmm. 5 yr old is down stairs… lets see what he is doing….. WHAT??! He is asleep! NO way. “I have the house to myself”[isn’t it funny that we feel that way, when the kids are sleeping?] What will I do!!!??? I ended up answering some work emails, planning my grocery list, and realizing we are going out of town Friday, and getting excited about that! It was quite a lovely… 30 minutes. 🙂 I’ll take it!
3:15pm L & A are home from school, and we quickly go over the school work until 3:30 when the Piano kids arrive…….. piano lessons until 5pm that were quite lovely and included baby adding some high notes to a few students recital pieces, some toast slime to the keys and my shirt and face and hair, and 2 poopy diapers that the students were able to laugh through (good for them) and a no show. And YEP. You guessed it. I forgot my rescheduled dr appt that I rescheduled during piano time, which I obviously forgot about. AWESOME!
5:30 pm Dinner prep! Isn’t it amazing what you can get done with a 25 lb baby on your hip? I can cook sausage, grate cheese, boil noodles and assemble a lasagne with one hand. I know. A GREAT skill. 🙂
6pm. Dinner time, hubby comes home, and I thats when I realize I don’t have an ounce of makeup on and I’m wearing my toast smeared shirt, and the house smells vaguely of poopy diaper, and with all this my husband gives me a kiss and tells me it looks like I had a productive day! What a gem. That man is an angel in my life!
7:pm Run to ToysRUs with 5 yr old to spend his Birthday money……. 45 minutes later and at least 100 miles of walking around, we go home with a bow and arrow set from the dressup section, and a crying sibling complaining that they didn’t get anything and never get anything. Wow. I’m pretty sure the closets at home tell a different story!
8pm Snack time, scriptures, prayers and jammies for kids. Which included, yet again, farts, giggles, somersaults, belting out “Let it Go” and a naked baby that evaded us again for his jammies, and yes, AGAIN found yellow tinged toilet paper. Lovely. Just lovely! (Why am I laughing while I type this??)
8:30pm. Kids are in bed. YESSSSSSSS. Time for the laundry, dishes, and a few moments talking with my sister who can see I’m tired, asks me how my day went, and I start tearing up as I honestly felt like a failure today. I don’t know why I cried- I dont’ do it often, but she could see I had built up stress and what did she do? She put down her phone (her boyfriend was texting her), came over to me, gave me a hug and then proceeded to give me a much needed shoulder rub while giving me a pep talk. Sisters are blessings from God for sure!
9:30pm. Husband works out while I finish reading my lesson for Sunday, then we chat about what is coming up for the next few days, I finish some more work emails and posts and then I head to bed…… and how is it that its 11:30pm??????
In hindsight of this day, I was productive- but felt like a failure in many ways. I had a goal to listen to my kids better, let them make decisions with me more, and to keep a peaceful spirit in my home…… but sometimes it seems life gets out of my hands, and I can’t even think about the good things I WANT to do inbetween all the things I HAVE to do to keep the ship afloat. But my sister was right when she told me I was being too hard on myself, and that everything was ok, and that tomorrow was going to be great. And you know- it was! I feel loved, I feel like I love my children and my husband, and I know that God is real and is helping me each day when I look back on days like this. And realize that I didn’t consciously do those “good things” I wanted to do, that I think of doing when all is at peace (RIGHT?!?!) but my efforts were in the right place. My goals are in the right place, and over time I know from experience that little daily things (Like reading Mickey’s christmas carol instead of my Sunday lesson or laughing with my music students over several poopy diapers) will show bigger changes in my life and hopefully show an example of happiness in Motherhood in this crazy world.