Flashback Friday: 12 Ironies of Motherhood

by Abby on September 16, 2011

Picky Eater1. Just when you figure out something your picky child will eat, she’ll decide she doesn’t like it anymore. “I don’t like chicken nuggets and mustard now, Mama!” Good thing I just bought them IN BULK at Costco!!

2. For once you make it to school on time — and then you realize it’s a holiday.

3. The one time you leave your cell phone in the car while you go to the gym is the one time your sitter was frantically trying to get a hold of you because you left her a bottle for the baby but no nipple.

4. The baby FINALLY sleeps through the night — but only because he has a fever.

5. Your child quietly entertains himself for a whole half-hour. Because he was busy drawing all over the furniture in the next room.

6. You get caught up on all your thank-you notes — before realizing you forgot to address them before you sealed the envelopes.

7. At last, your toddler has started going #2 on the potty by himself! Too bad he pulls up his pants before telling you he needs to be wiped.

8. You manage to get both kids to take a nap at the same time — but not on the same day.

9. In a rare fit of productivity, you make dinner from scratch. Then you burn the bajeezus out of it because you forgot to turn the stove off while you gave the baby a bath.

10. After months of trying, you and that super-busy mom finally schedule a playdate for your kids. Then someone contracts an infectious disease the day before.

11. You get everybody’s sheets washed, dried, and put back on their beds. The very next day, someone has a diaper blowout, throws up, or spills a juice box all over their bed — or yours.

12. You can’t wait for your little shadow to be more independent. Then comes the day when he slams the door in your face because he “needs privacy” and he skips off to preschool without a backward glance.

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Angie September 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm

#3, 5 and 10! Yes.


Kim September 16, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Some of these make me want to laugh and cry, because when reading all of them together it just makes our days sound so incredibly exhausting. #6 made me want to hug you. After I’ve done something like that I sometimes don’t even go back and do it over. I just chuck and say “oh well, it wasn’t meant to be.” I love this list! It is a treasure to go back and read 10 years from now when we’re missing these daily obstacles to our sanity!


Shannon @ AnchorMommy September 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Oh, yes. Especially 5, 10 and 11.

Also, a big thumbs up to you on your use of the term “bajeezus!”


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