|The children have gone mad!|
|Could I look more tired?|
If I was better at photoshop, I would change the pictures to say "no coffee and quiet time make mommy go CRAZY" but I am not.
Back in October, I wrote a post about how not every day is a success. And sometimes, those days happen. Lately around here, they are happening a little more often than not, which is why I have had to figure out how to survive the unsuccessful days. So I wrote a list...
8 ways to make unsuccessful days SUCCESSFUL:
1. Make your list smaller. Every day, I write a list. A list of things I want to get done, things I need to do, places I need to go. My list is always far more than what I can typically get done, but I write it nonetheless. I have learned that on days when I have had 4-5 hours of broken sleep, having an extra long list does me no favors. So I try to make lists far smaller than normal so that at the end of the day, if all I have accomplished is doing the dishes, I feel like I got something done. This also helps my exhaustion to not mix with the feeling of failure which helps meltdowns on my part.
|See how the handles kind of make a little heart...|
|Not a thermos mug, but it keeps coffee warm for a long time.|
4. Accept the fact that the day will most likely be full of suck. Get passed that fact and move on. If you keep getting frustrated at every.single.thing that goes wrong, you will end up in a straight jacket. Know that someone is going to spill something and it probably will happen while you are in the bathroom, so in the 30 seconds it takes you to get there, the little one has "finger painted" in it. Bonus points if the spill is actually puke.
5. Go for a walk. When I am grumpy the last thing I want to do is go to the park. Other kids are there, Lucy runs in places I can't see her, Dexter wants to chew on whatever he can reach for which includes but is not limited to, leaves, dirt, rocks, and bird poop. Instead, I strap them in the stroller, and we go for a walk. The fresh air does them some good, the walk gives me a little more energy, it also gives us all time to just enjoy silence.
6. Forget dinner. At this point in the day, you probably have figured out that you forgot to take something out for dinner, meaning, dinner will not be ready by the time your husband gets home. So what I do is this: I text Matt around 5 and say "There was a disaster (everyone is ok) and dinner isn't going to happen, we can pick you up at the bus stop and we can get dinner on the way home" I should probably have that one saved in my "default" texts.
7. Pass them off. After dinner, you get home, play pass the babies. You have to be very sneaky about this one because all too often you can get caught. When you get home from dinner, you pass the baby and say, "hey, take him for a minute, I have to go to the bathroom." And then you have at least 30 minutes before anyone comes looking for you.
8. Enjoy the wine. When your bathroom break is over, get bath time over and done. Get the kids in bed. The baby will probably fight it and never sleep, that's fine, because that's when I pass him back to Matt. Send everyone to bed. Then pour the biggest glass of wine in the world. If you don't drink, eat cookies, or cake, or ice cream. Something that will just hit the spot and make everything better. And while you are at it, put on some smut TV, like Jersey Shore or one of the Real Housewives because those shows are a constant reminder that your life would actually be worse you could be one of them.
To read about my regular day to day when things are normal, click here.