Thursday, February 19, 2009

Perhaps I should become one

My mom was here this weekend to witness the insanity that is my life these days. She was amazed, and not in a good way, at the level of chaos that is pretty constant around here. Tuesday afternoon was particularly bad. The girls had come home from school bickering about everything; Campbell had woken up from his nap on the wrong side of the universe and was following me around sobbing and saying, "Up peese!"; Elizabeth was having tummy troubles and was wailing; and B's father had dropped by with belated Valentine's Day treats for the kids, which caused another round of bickering. Plus B was flat on his back in pain from the nerve ablation he had three weeks ago that doesn't seem to have helped his neck at all. So he was no help.

My mother looked at me at one point and said

I'm surprised you're not an alcoholic.

8 comments:

Ann in NJ said...

I don't know if that's a tribute to your parenting skills/patience or what.

Doesn't it always seem like everything falls apart at once, and especially when our mothers are watching? Just when you want to show her you're a grown up!

Oh, and I have a friend who is an alcoholic - I don't recommend it.

hokgardner said...

I suppose I should add that my mom's comment cracked me up. And it made me feel better in an odd way - kind of like it's not my imagination that things are insane around here.

Donna said...

Oh the joys of motherhood....hope the hubby feels better!

katesaid said...

Heather, that's what I was going to post - that at least you've gotten some solid validation that things really ARE just that insane.

I don't drink, myself. And some days, I have NO idea why.

Shelly said...

Ah, the drinking, I highly recommend it! And I only have one child!

Becca said...

isn't it nice to have someone observe and confirm that things are indeed crazy and its not just you, that no one would actually be able to handle it completely so you are not a bad mom??? Having said that, don;t become an alcoholic, it ages you quickly and ruins your liver. Try a warm bath instead after the kids are in bed (and lock the door)

Cathy said...

it's great when someone can acknowledge things aren't going well--it helps me not feel like I'm not going crazy. :)

FishyGirl said...

After this weekend, I advocate moving heaven and earth and going away for a couple of days with your husband for a little R&R. Truly the best thing we've done in years.

Doesn't the validation feel good, though?