Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mommy Needs

I was thinking about stuff I just can't live without these days. Here are some, please add to the list if you want to!

  1. Coffee - it just helps me open my eyes better in the morning and be ready for the next wave in the afternoons. My favs right now are Montana Cherry mixed with plain old wonderful Dunkin Donuts in the morning and Cafe Bustelo in the afternoon...but I'm not really picky. I can't wait for the college kids to return so I can have some coffee company!
  2. Shower - even though I HATE getting up early, I set my alarm and try to get up before the kids each morning so that I can take a shower and shave my legs and get dressed and put some makeup on. I know some of you are rolling your eyes and saying YEAH RIGHT. But it REALLY HELPS. If I don't do this, Jody leaves for work and I am lucky to get a bra on before the wild rumpus begins. Plus this way if I happen to pass a mirror or someone pops in, I don't scare myself or the visitor.
  3. Adult Conversation - My 3 oldest could talk the paint off the walls. Ugh. It NEVER stops. They get it honest, I know. I love to talk. (So does Daddy!) But if I get towards the end of the day and I am just on edge, most of the time I can trace it to not having had a decent conversation with an adult.
  4. Nap Time/Bed Time - If naptime doesn't go well, I am a goner. I will lose my mind. I cannot describe it, but if my kids are not well rested, its as if I see the brain cells evaporating out of their little heads as well as my own! I need some quiet to either read, click around on the computer or nap myself. If we are out and I know its past bedtime, call me uptight (because I am) but I cannot enjoy myself! Pitiful, I know.
  5. Hugs and Kisses - My kids are really good kids. They travel well. They play nicely (most of the time) together. They make me laugh. But there are times when they drive me NUTS. They are messy. They talk too much and ask too many questions. They beg and demand. So, I've realized that in order to remind myself of how fortunate I am to be the mommy to these 4 little guys, I need to have regular hugs and kisses from each one of them. That's when they say the sweetest things too! Like:

  • Silas: You are the best mommy ever
  • Hattie: I love your earrings today, can I have them when I grow up.
  • Luke: I love how your neck is so long, mom.
  • Millie: slobber slobber smile.

    Kelly M. Parkison said...

    some of my must haves are yours too..One of my different must haves is a kiss from my husband before he leaves and when he gets home from work. IT just starts my day off right and especially if it has been a hard day at home...when he gets there, i know it is all going to get better.

    Mylinda said...

    I agree 100% about having make-up on. It really does help. I don't shower in the morning; only at night. But, I do get dressed, including shoes, and do my hair and make-up as soon as I can function in the morning. That way, I don't have to worry about it later. If someone stops by or if I need to run to the store, I'm good to go. I also almost always "touch up" myself just before Nicky comes home. Makes coming home a little more pleasant than having a frumpy, cranky, smelly mommy there! lol

    Anonymous said...

    I could not agree more about the whole getting the bra on thing.....you are hilarious! My thing is having one on one conversations with daddy! We try to put the kids to bed early so we can talk about our day and spend at least an hour together. If the kids don't go to bed right away, let's just say my day is ruined! Thanks for your humor on a very stressful subject!

    kerri said...

    this was a fun read, emily! hmm....think i better go take a shower now. :)