It Isn’t Always Easy

Confession: Being a mom is REALLY hard.


Sure, most days I feel like “super mom” and accomplish a vast majority of my “to do” list but then there are the days that don’t always make the blog.  The days where I am just thankful we all survived and am counting down the minutes until Chris walks in the door as reinforcement.  The days where Emmie gets a yogurt at every meal and I get puked on repeatedly.


You see, as bloggers we typically show the best sides of ourselves.   Often times we gloss over the hard stuff and write about rainbows and unicorns.  But life isn’t always pretty.  Life is actually really really messy.  Yesterday was one of those days for me.


It started off pretty well.  I got up, got both girls fed, and even got to squeeze in a quick run on the treadmill.  By 10AM though it was going downhill and fast.  Bryn only wanted to be held and would wake up the second I put her down and cry.  Then, not to be outdone by her baby sister, Emmalyne would start to whine and get particularly needy.  Almost reverting back to being a baby herself (which is totally normal when there’s a new baby in the house).  Needless to say one or both of my children were crying all day.


Furthermore, Emmalyne decided that a half hour nap was totally sufficient and Bryn thought naps were for the weak.  By the grace of God I managed to shower … only to have B spit up in my hair.  To top it all off?  Pretty sure I might be coming down with mastitis.  When Chris got home I promptly handed off the kids and went to the grocery store to refocus.


So no … I don’t always have it together and motherhood is rarely easy.  I pride myself on being well organized and ready to tackle the day most of the time.  This careful planning helps make our days go smoother.  Then there are days like yesterday that I don’t always share about.  Maybe it’s because it would shatter the image of being the “perfect” mom.  Maybe it’s because I truly hate whining.  Maybe I just don’t think you guys want to read about the nitty gritty.  I don’t know.  What I do know is that we should share MORE of these days with each other, particularly in the blog world.  We need a healthy dose of reality to keep us grounded and there is no such thing as the perfect mom.  We are MOMS, trying to do our best for our children.  And that is more than enough.


So today will hopefully be a better day.  However, if it’s like yesterday that’s ok too.  These lithe people make the really hard moments worth it in the end.  Even when they are being little stinkers 😉


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Healthy living blogger sharing my love of yummy eats, sweaty workouts, and my sweet family!

31 thoughts on “It Isn’t Always Easy”

  1. You’re an awesome Mom, don’t forget that! It’s nice to be able to get out and do something like grocery shop then go back to everything. I’m due in one month so I’m sure I have some pretty difficult (and awesome) days ahead. I hope today is a better day! :)
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  2. Woah, wait, what, you’re human?! Hooray!! I’m not alone!! 😉

    Love that you opened up so candidly. You’re an amazing mama. I have really tough days with one, so I can only imagine when baby girl #2 gets here how tough some days will be. Love that you do the best we all can do and just roll with it, but really hope you aren’t getting mastitis! <3
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  3. This post brings back so many wonderful and excruciating memories for me. My Little Ladies are 22 months apart. (now, ages 6 & 4)
    Like you, I was pretty organized. My husband worked long days, my parents and in-laws live 4 hours away and my youngest cried all.the.time. For 6 months. Unless, of course, she was attached to my chest, but if she over-fed, she’d projectile vomit all over everything within a 3 ft radius. Magical times.
    Motherhood is exhausting…keep at it, one day at a time and I’m positive that, like me, you’ll look back in a few years with many more fond memories than terrible.
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  4. I don’t look at it as whining and I’m glad you shared this side! It’s hard reading blogs sometimes and all the moms always have it together and I’m just trying to survive! Ha! Hope today is better!

  5. “It will get better soon.” A saying that all moms love to use! But its definitely true. I have a daughter that just turned 2 mid november and a 4.5 month old baby girl as well (they are 21.5 months apart). I know exactly what you are going through! It honestly does get better, but there are definitely still days like the one you described. One suggestion would be to keep your oldest active (go to play groups, gym daycare, etc.) because then she will be good and tired! And then you might even be able to synchronize naps (which is awesome by the way!). And in no time, the girls will be able to play together!

  6. Thank you for showing the world that even perfect, stay at home moms have their rough days!!!!! (: and yes the mom world SHOULD share their bad days, because as moms we all have them.

  7. Thanks for sharing! It’s nice to read about the not so good days too. It makes me feel better about our not so good days around here!

  8. Love this post. This feel like my first week of baby Caleb coming home! My kiddos are 18 months apart and somedays are exactly like your, where they both need something! I am trying to get Caleb’s nights and days unmixed and then start getting organized. I would love to know what a sample of your day looks like?!?
    <3 Hang in there mama!
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  9. Thank you for this!!! We moms are all in this together, and hearing I’m not the only one who does not feel like “Super Mom” all the time is so reassuring. We ALL have days like this, and there’s no shame in that. You rock!

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  11. Thanks for the “real life” post. I think many bloggers (whether or not they even realize it) get very caught up in making their blogs all about how perfect they are, when in real life there is no such thing. And its easy to forget that when you are reading about how awesome someone’s life seems.

    As a 42 year old mom to almost 5 kids, I have learned to let a whole lot go. By now I totally know what matters in the grand scheme, but for younger mom’s with 1 or 2 kids, it’s a “snapshot” that is desperately needed to be shown…after all, we really are all in this together :) Your girls are beautiful!

  12. Oh gosh girl, I feel like that almost every day! And mastitis blows. Bah-lows! Hope you didn’t end up with it! I felt like a zombie when that took me down a few weeks ago!

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