So do you have a few minutes because I just need to vent. It is so tough being a mom and I told myself when I was working full time and my little ones were with a nanny I would never complain about motherhood again and especially if I decide to become a Stay At Home Working Mom again. Yet here I am wore the hell out and venting to you. Its impossible to not feel this way, its normal and I have to remember that every mom out there feels this way at one point or another. Its tough and its amazing and its okay. (even if you finally get ready to feed yourself and the knife is dirty)
Now I have a question for you…How often do you clean your house? I will be the first to tell you that I was obsessed with cleaning my home not too long ago, so much so that it was wearing me down and increasing my anxiety more than ever. The place had to be spotless not a single crumb on the floor. I was running around behind my kids picking up toy after toy. I was a cleaning zombie mom.
Part of the cleaning had to do with a bit of OCD and anxiety but the other part I couldn’t figure out. UNTIL NOW! Its call The Toddler Effect. Y’all this is serious. They are mean little destructive messy tots. You can clean all day and when you are walking up the stairs to finally rest your pretty little hard working head your house is STILL a mess. I can have the house, well mainly the downstairs, spic and span before my little ones open their eyes yet the minuet they wake up ITS ON!!!! The first thing to go are the two small baskets filled with a few toys (because I took back my living room not too long ago and two baskets and a few toys is all they get muhahhaha) I switch them out periodically so it seems like new toys plus going to their room is a lot more fun when they don’t get to play with all their toys everyday.
The next thing is food. FOOD EVERYWHERE. I don’t know how breakfast, lunch, and dinner can make its way out of the kitchen and onto my couch, rugs, pillows, and the stairs. It blows my mind! Not only that but I swear its like the scene from Casper when the ghosts are eating breakfast (see here ), it all ends up on the floor….and the chairs, table, the walls….*le sigh*
Then its the cups and snacks. I kid you not no matter how amazing and well portioned the food I serve them is they are always thirsty and hungry. ALWAYS. What is with that?
Let us now take a moment to discuss the miscellaneous items the children find and destroy/scatter around the house that you THINK are up and out of reach. For example in our house its candy, It could be at the top of the fridge but you bet I’m going to walk into the living room only to find about 50 mini reese’s peanut butter cup wrappers scattered about.
Paint, pens, markers, fingernail polish, DVD’s, cookbooks, post-its (I often hand these out for fun when working, they are best wasted by sticking ALL of them to the window) tampons (unused of course), sented wax squares, wipes… toddlers LOVE wipes and adore taking all the wipes out of the package, and this week it was bungee cords…random right?
Clothes. I never knew such tiny little humans could go through clothes like they do. Honestly I gave up on keeping them looking like their mother actually cares about them. I will get them dress to the nines in the morning and soon after their clothes are covered in food, hair is ripped out of bows, looks like they had been eating mud ( my mom used to tell us, “it looks like you’ve been sucking on a pigs butt” buahahaha seems a little socially unacceptable to say these days but still a funny memory), they have both taken off their clothes and put new ones on or none at all and now I have a nice load of laundry to do. Thanks offspring! PS never try to fold clothes with toddlers around, just don’t.
And now I am going to end this with how they lose everything! Remotes, keys, papers, phones, binkies and lovies. Simply careless lol just kidding. It takes seconds for them to lose your keys/phone/sunglasses. My favorite of all is when they lose their beloved binkies and lovey. Seriously kids, y’all love these things so much why are you losing them!!???
When you do find the binky either you have ALL of them that you have ever bought for them or you have NONE! Tell me this isn’t true!!!!
Toddler Effect: You clean, they mess it up and get pure pleasure while doing it.
I know I can’t balance it all and I have had to put the vacuum and steam mop down and realize this. I can’t do it all in one day and the floors are going to get dirty as hell and I might cry and cringe at the fact that there are goldfish crumbs on the bottom of my tired bare feet and all of the stated above might and more than likely will happen in one day but hey its what we were made to do. Only we can handle this craziness. Its not about balancing, which I thought for so long it was, its about letting go sometimes. Sometimes you have to let the laundry go so you can cook dinner, let the blogging go to spend time with your spouse, let go and enjoy the mess because this is my circus and those are my monkeys but I’ll have a glass of wine for now and deal with the mess later haha.
Below are actual pictures of my circus while writing this post brace yourself and enjoy!