Life is not perfect, far from it. I know I look at other moms and think, "they have it all figured out". But... you know what, I think they we all have our ways of coping/staying sane/figuring it out/etc. and not everyone does it the same way.
Here are some of my mom confessions:
Early to rise
I have been waking up early most days, before anyone else in my family is awake.
I do this not to put away dirty dishes or start a load of laundry (even though I do this),
but to have alone time.
I enjoy the quiet, serene minutes before diapers need to be changed, breakfast made, and a thousand other things.
Our main floor layout is an open floor plan.
But... the pantry is behind a half wall that you can't see from the living room.
So... I can stand at the pantry door and eat a piece of chocolate (or 3) and Elizabeth can't see me.
Nap time is not for my kids, it is for me.
Yes, the girls need naps, but I need time to get things done.
They take an afternoon nap and that is when I do laundry, mop the floors, clean bathrooms, etc.
Their nap time is my work time.
Elizabeth has discovered the joy that is a McDonald's happy meal.
I prefer Chick-fil-a, Subway, Wendy's, and any other place over McDonald's.
So... on Wednesdays when we go out to lunch, I tell Elizabeth that McDonald's is closed and that we have to go to Chick-Fil-A.
She is too young to understand that of course they are not closed and we get to eat chick-fil-a.
Speaking of going out-to-eat. I love drive-thrus!
Everyone is in the car, in their car seats, and no one has to get out!
We grab lunch from a drive-thru on Wednesdays and then we park and eat in the car.
I don't have to make lunch and we get out of the house (without dragging 2 kids into a restaurant)
Going to the gym
I love working out.
It's great for my physical health and my mental health.
But a huge fringe benefit... Elizabeth burns a ton of energy playing in the gym daycare.
It's an indoor playground and she spends an hour playing with other kids, climbing, sliding, and having fun. She takes a great nap any time she spends an hour in the gym daycare.
Fake it til I make it
My cousin told me one time that I make being a mom look easy. I don't remember how I replied but it should have been something like this, "HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, Fake it til you make it."
If you see me and I look like I have it all under control,
there is a 99% chance that I am totally faking it.
I don't know if I am doing any of this right, and I worry constantly.
But as I remind myself on a daily basis, the fact that I worry shows that I am doing something right.
I love these two nuggets more than I ever knew I could.
Thank you Elizabeth and Caroline for making me a mom.