Sunday, May 8, 2011

Another kind of Mother’s Day gift ~ Giving myself some grace and getting real

IMG_1504-1(This is a picture taken by my 4 yr old last week.  Notice the screaming baby, the reflux meds on the counter, and the dishes behind me in the sink and on the stove.  This is all completely normal.)

Lately, I have been having these thoughts… these thoughts that I should really have everything together.  After all, I have a really wonderful life… so I should be able to be wonderful and pulled together in it.  I should be able to do my workout in the morning, remember to take a shower, look nice, make full meals, and plan fun things for my kids school days, bake my own bread, make sure that everyone brushes their teeth, read bedtime stories and grow nourishing incredible food.  My inability to get all of these things done each day (and more) was weighing on my self-esteem.  I spent weeks wondering why I just couldn’t keep up with the laundry.  Why every time I walked out of the house for even just a little while to myself, I came home and found 25 things I should have been doing?

I needed to get real.  The truth is, as much as I get done in a day, I still can not ‘do it all’.  My kids nails go unclipped, we miss whole school days because I haven’t done laundry in a week and it is threatening to take over the school room, sometimes my kids eat nothing all day but apples and granola bars.  Often I wear a shirt with baby spit up on it because I am avoiding putting the one I have on in my laundry Mt Everest.

So, In honor of my ability to pull my hair into a pony tail so I can skip a shower, I will share with you my daily uniform. 


Hair up, t-shirt over tank top over industrial strength nursing bra, a pair of jeans, and Cons. 

Does anyone else have a daily uniform?  If you do, please share! 



Unknown said...

I wear jeans and t-shirts or sweaters everyday too :) I know about the laundry of Mt. Everest! Hahaha.

Erin Maria said...

Sadly there are times that I don't change out my pjs until the afternoon. And if I do its usually pretty much the same thing your wearing. I swear that laundry multiplies in the night while we are all sleeping....

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

My husbands old pullover, and a pair of capri jeans - even when it's cold (because if I'm going out, I'm going to have to do some major outfit work anyway) - barefoot, or sometimes in my hubby's clog-like slippers (way, way to big for me, but easy to slip into by the door), if I have to run something to the garbage can. Hair braided, and wrapped around a ponytail clip. Feel better? :)

mandi said...

Looks like we have the same uniform! And let me say- that is how all of our days go! There is no shame in a life well lived! : )

erika~ the inspired mama said...

you are so beautiful, mama!! and you really do look so happy. being a mommy suits you well!

my current uniform... skirts with yoga band waists, tee or tanks and flip flops. thank goodness spring is finally here!


Taryn said...

Yep. That's my uniform sans the nursing bra which is about to be re-introduced in approx. 5 months.

Erin said...

You are such a cutie! YES! I call mine my "mom uniform" and it is a t-shirt over a tank, a denim mini skirt over leggings, and boots or sandles. The boots make it look cuter, and it always cracks me up whenever anyone compliments me because I wear some version of it nearly every day! haha! You are doing GREAT! (I spent 2.5 hours folding clean laundry on our bed becasue I no longer had room for my feet so I HAD to fold it. ugh!)

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