Being a mother is exhausting, that is! To me, being a mother is the hardest job there is. It can be rewarding at times, but the norm (around here) is 90/10 frustration/enjoyment. I constantly worry about everything. Most days I feel totally frazzled! I used to be so clean and tidy. I used to get up on my days off and clean my house from top to bottom. Now it is like I am chasing my own tail, nothing ever gets completed, it is never caught up. I am cleaning up after 4 of us now, not just me. There aren't enough hours in the day to get to it all either. You would think on my days at home I would be busy as a little bee cleaning, organizing, baking. HA! Most days I am cleaning, but it is different. I am cleaning up spills, potty accidents, picking food out of the carpet, picking up toys. Or I am making lunch, fetching juice and snacks, breaking up fights, settling arguments, calming a screaming toddler that fell down or bumped their head. All the other duties get pushed aside.
I sometimes laugh when I think back to a time, before kids. People with kids seemed so uptight. I would say things like, "I will never let my kids do that. I will be better than that. I will do this, that, or the other." Now days..... I am THAT parent. The one wanting a break, the one letting the kids eat in the car or in the living room, giving in to their demands, letting them run amuck. LOL! I used to get so mad at my brother in law when he would say, "you don't have kids, you don't understand." But he was so right! I didn't have a damn clue. You know what they say? Hind sight is 20/20. If I had known then what I know now, maybe I wouldn't have been so judgemental. But sometimes it takes doing something yourself before you "get it."
I guess this whole post idea came about tonight when I looked around and it looked like a TORNADO had blown through our whole house. There were dishes in the sink, laundry piled up (clean but not folded and put away), TOYS EVERYWHERE!
Tell me how to do it? What is the secret? How do you keep it together?