Momma needs a minute (or 55)!

I know every mom has them, the days wherein you are on the verge of totally and completely losing it. Today is one of those days.

Once upon a time I slept in on Saturday’s, now, I wake up with my teething non-sleeping baby before the sun has even considered rising. I’m usually accompanied by one or both of the older kids complaining that they were woken “again” (the hubby and I take turns sleeping in). This is followed by a rushed breakfast and out the door to their lessons.  Today I was on duty with Hailey (my eldest). 50 minutes of skating.  If the baby sleeps through it, this is my favorite time of the day. Today, not a chance. She screamed her face off pretty much the entire time. Although I know the other parents know what it’s like, the glaring eyes had me on the verge of totally and completely snapping.  I bounced her, sang to her, clapped her hands……she’s cutting teeth. I’m not going to win.

So, after returning home with a sobbing Hailey (who has new skates and fell pretty much the entire 50 minutes – she did however get right back up to which I sang her praise), a screaming baby and a limited volume of patience.  I felt the fire rising up the back of my neck.

I knew I needed to do something, or my sanity was going to be lost – loudly – on everyone in the house. When the boys returned home I must have begun my fire breathing dragon phase as the look from my husband was pure fear.

I think he may have been grateful that he had to step out for work this afternoon. I think my children feared him leaving them home.

Thankfully, the stars aligned and my baby girl fell asleep. Within seconds I was in my workout gear declaring the basement MINE and demanding the kids play in their zone ( with stern warnings not to cross into mine).  A few minutes in, I felt the rage diminish and the guilt began to set in.

Out of the corner of my eye I caught my daughter taking pictures of me with the camera.  Knowing what I look like, that there is laundry everywhere and I pretty much just spazed all over them….she told me I am beautiful.  I almost started to cry.

I paused the workout, gave her a squeeze and asked them if mommy could have another few minutes to workout.  She put down the camera and they both joined me.  The three of us stood side by side doing wall squats. It was pure awesomness….well for a second anyway. Then my son declared it too hard, my daughter noticed he was heading for the Lego and they began to fight all over again.

I spazed on them, they behaved and my workout was completed.  I feel better! Sure, sure, they are still fighting. It happens every Saturday as they are exhausted from their lessons….but I think they will survive the day without any more fire breathing dragons coming out.

Well who am I kidding. It’s only 2pm.  There’s still a lot of time left in this day!

Courtesy of my daughter Hailey… moi, in action.

Speed skaters…… it was legs and back today.

Is anyone else having the same kind of day I am?

Only a few more hours until wine, let’ s hang in there.

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  1. Oh, I can relate. My daughter and I had a pretty good day today but I wasn’t feeling like working out tonight – I ended up doing it and feel great.
    You’re obviously a great role model for your children if they are participating WITH you, even if it’s only for a short period of time.


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