Monday, January 26, 2009

A day in the life of an overwhelmed mother.

The kids got up and the day started smoothly, no major fits about what I was making them wear, they ate their breakfast with little cajoling. I got a shower. I took the kids to get haircuts. Then I went to Costco. Beth whined and James screamed for a good portion of the trip, including the ride home (mostly James). When we got back, I had to clean out my pantry a bit to put stuff away, not that it is all put away yet. I just had to re-dry the load of laundry that has been in my dryer for days now because it was all horribly wrinkled. I have since started two more loads...and there are two loads in my room waiting to be put away...if you add that up, its 5 loads of laundry I have to put away. And that isn't even close to all the laundry that is waiting to be done. Can you say laundry is taking over my life? My sink is so full of dishes that there is no room to actually wash anything, not the mention the pots and pans waiting on the counter. My counters and floors are embarrassing. There is an unpleasant smell emanating from somewhere in the house. James just smashed a handful of animal crackers into smithereens on my kitchen floor. Beth is vegging and James is getting into everything he can reach, which is a lot since he now pushes a kitchen chair around to climb on, and I am begging the clock to move faster so it can be nap time...Maybe the afternoon will go better. But, I can assure you that the laundry will still be there, as will the dirty dishes, because I do not believe that nap time is time to be productive. Nap time is time for me to veg or read a book and unwind so that I am happy to see my children again when they wake up. So, wish me luck that at some time today ambition will kick in and I will get my house under control. I am so much happier when its under control, how do I let it get like this?

6 comments:

emily said...

Saturday morning I spent four hours (FOUR I said, yes, 4) cleaning my kitchen. And I live in a condo. It's a teeny tiny kitchen. I just let it get way out of control. We've had everything that's normally under the sink stacked on the counters for months because of our leaky garbage disposal, so I finally found other places for them because I was so sick of looking at it. I soft scrubbed every inch of counter space, the sink, the floors, the fridge, the oven, the dishwasher, the microwave (the outsides) because they were splattered with who knows what from my kids...it was awful. But it's done now, and I'm SO happy to walk into my kitchen. I could probably sleep there, it makes me that happy.

Find some time for yourself, and then for your house! Good luck!

jennybrum said...

Sorry its a bad day. If it makes you feel better, the description of your house also describes my house! And yet, here I am reading blogs so I don't have to do anything about it. Why can't our husbands use one of their man nights to think up some billion dollar idea so we could afford maids?!!!

Summer said...

Oh, days like that are so exhausting. I admire you for relaxing while your kids sleep. I always felt like I must keep going or I'd never make any progress. (It doesn't matter now since no one here takes naps anymore.) I think it's hard to keep up on a clean house because there are 4, 5, 6 people making messes, but really only 1 that is cleaning them up - the mom!

Fiddlefish said...

House clean once the kids go to bed at night. LOL. I feel your pain. I have -- seriously -- about 10 loads of laundry today. Yes. 10. Diane -- hate to tell ya, but you are completely normal. Welcome to motherhood.

Tiffanie said...

I had one of those days on Monday and by 11 am I was ready to sit in a corner and cry! I had a list that kept getting longer,and I had just barely got all of the kids bathed. There was tantrums and arguing and I didn't know how I could be sane the rest of the day. Miracles happen because at that moment my husband walked through the door! This is extremely rare for him to be home before 6 pm. He looked at me and saw tears in my eyes, and I am not a crier, so he instantly asked what I needed him to do. We divided the list and my day did a complete turn around! Wouldn't it be nice to have 2 stay at home parents? Those polygamus families have it all:) A laundry mom, cooking mom, nanny mom, and one(me) that gets to just play with the kids and be a nice, sane mom.

Debbie said...

Gee, sounds like a totally normal day with toddlers to me. :-D