It’s Been One of Those Days…

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It's only 1pm and I can seriously say I'm done with this day. I actually woke up early, which is a rarity considering I'm usually so super tired from tending to my 5 month old baby during the night. I jumped out of bed and starting thinking of all the things I wanted to do today- wash & fold 2 loads of laundry, make homemade muffins, vacuum the downstairs, take the kids on a walk, attend a clothing swap this afternoon, etc. I had the day all planned out.

How's it gone? Well, it's 1pm and I have managed to do practically nothing from that list. As a matter of fact, it's been one of those days. The kids are in rare form. The messes are multiplying before my eyes. The weather is gorgeous, but my allergies are killing me. Big sister is picking on little brother {see photo evidence above} who has perfected the Worlds.Most.Annoying.Sound when crying. No joke, my ears are ringing. They're begging for lunch and all I want to do is find a quiet corner and assume the fetal position.

I told myself to take 5 minutes to regroup. I hopped on Facebook and read this wonderful, inspiring article entitled Your Children Want YOU. That made me feel mildly better. My favorite part:

Can we remind each other that it is our uniqueness and love that our children long for? It is our voices. Our smiles. Our jiggly tummies. Of course we want to learn, improve, exercise, cook better, make our homes lovelier, and provide beautiful experiences for our children, but at the end of the day, our children don’t want a discouraged, stressed-out mom who is wishing she were someone else.

Sigh. My 5 minutes is up. The kids are starving. Another fight has broken out downstairs. I'm going to put a load of laundry in and remind myself that despite days like this, I love my children, I love staying home with them and thankfully, tomorrow will be a new day.

Special thanks to my friend/ cousin Nellie for posting that article on Facebook and to Nicole, a blog reader who sent me a lovely email this morning. Both bright spots on this otherwise insane/ frustrating morning. 

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5 thoughts on “It’s Been One of Those Days…

  1. Alice says:

    I call those "bad mommy days". Not because I'm being a bad mom, but they're the days I don't relish my role as primary caregiver. πŸ™‚ Those are also the days where you sometimes just have to put in a movie, order pizza for dinner, and have an early bedtime.

    Bedtime WILL come. πŸ™‚

  2. Araaidan says:

    On days like this I declare it a family nap day. We all go to our own rooms at 2:00 and take either a nap or quiet time. Funny how it resets even the cranky of us, yup that's normally me ;).

  3. Bree says:

    Thank you SO much for this blog post and especially the link to that great article! April Perry's message was exactly what I've been needing – a little hope for me as a mom with all my imperfection.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It is so nice to know that I am not the only one who has days like this. I am grateful that you are so honest about your day! Being honest makes you real:) I don't want to be the discouraged, stressed-out mom that I am sometimes. This article is a perfect reminder of what I WANT to be and gives me just the motivation I need to try a little harder. My kids and I deserve better. Thank you!!!

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