Confessions of a Tired, Busy, Working Mom

In celebration of the upcoming Moms for Moms Day on March 4th I’ve decided to offer up some momfessions for you all. I’m hoping that many of you might be able to relate to some of these and share some momfessions of your own with us. Judgment-free zone, right mommas? Well, here goes…

1. I used to actually judge other moms who let their daughters out of the house with messy hair. I would think to myself, “Wow. How can they let their daughter walk out of the house like that? I will ALWAYS make sure that if I have a daughter, her hair will always be neatly brushed and done nicely.” HA! Then I had a strong-willed, very opinionated daughter of my own.

She did her hair all by herself! Yay?
She did her hair all by herself! Yay?

2. My kids’ laundry never makes it out of the laundry baskets and into their closets or dressers. I have a really hard time finding the energy to fold, hang, and put the clothes away knowing just how quickly they go through them. The clothes are clean. That’s enough, right? I’m usually fine with it until I begin the search for a pair of socks, which probably ends up taking longer than just folding and putting away the damn laundry in the first place!laundry-basket-6729t

3. Sometimes I get tired of sharing with my kids.

4. I avoid bringing my kids with me to run errands by going out at night after they’re asleep. I enjoy not having to worry about tantrums in the store and having the ability to shop at my leisure.

5. My youngest daughter ends up in bed with my husband and me every night because I’m too exhausted to let her cry it out and I’m afraid she will wake up my older daughter. I really don’t enjoy sharing my bed though. (Refer to #3)

6. Some days I wish I could be a stay at home mom. But most of the time I am so thankful to be able to go to work.

7. There are times when I get stressed out about being alone with my two kids. There’s something about being outnumbered that I find a little unsettling. I’m hoping this passes once they get a little older.

8. I’m pretty sure I love the Disney movie “Frozen,” and it’s music, more than my 4-year-old. I even bought “her” the soundtrack for her birthday. But it was really so I could sing along to the songs while driving in my car. Sometimes even by myself. And, yes, I have the DVD release date marked on my calendar. (It’s March 18th for those of you who are interested)

9. There are times when I feel like such a loser for not getting my body back into pre-baby shape. I’m afraid people look at me and think I’m lazy because of it.

10. I set myself up for disappointment a lot. I tend to set such high expectations for myself and my plans that when they don’t live up to those standards I sometimes find it hard to focus on the positives. This pertains to anything from birthday parties to family outings or vacations.

11. I typically don’t deal well with spontaneity. I find it comforting to have a plan and to stick with it if at all possible. This can be quite a challenge when you have kids.

12. I don’t like to cook dinner and I’m not very good at it. I would eat out every night if I could.

13. I hate the weekday morning rush – trying to get myself ready for work, the kids dressed and out the door, and the daycare drop-off. I always end up feeling super frazzled.

Join CT Working Moms & The Bump for Moms for Moms Day on March 4th. It’s a (mostly) virtual day to promote judgement-free motherhood. Get all the details here.

14 thoughts on “Confessions of a Tired, Busy, Working Mom

  1. I love your article, especially the part where you wrote no. 9. i hate it when people thinks of fat being lazy. They have no idea how challenging it is to be a working mom.

  2. #3 and #13 – I’m so totally with you. I get tired of sharing – especially my food! – with my 3 year old. And not getting to eat what I want in front of my 3 year old if it’s something I don’t want her to have. #13, getting two girls out the door to daycare feels impossible almost every morning – by the time I get to work I feel like I’ve already worked a full day and it’s only 8:30am! Thanks for sharing your momfessions, it helps to know I’m not the only one out there!

  3. this is wonderful and so true. made me feel so much better. and I thought I was the only one who bought the Frozen CD more for myself than my child (I have a 3-year-old son who enjoyed the movie but is not obsessed like my 5-year-old niece 🙂

  4. I hate the dinner planning thing, too!!! Usually, at like 5pm, I start thinking, “hmmm…I guess I should think about what I’m going to feed my kids…” and by then, I have really nothing around to feed them. And the laundry basket sock thing…I HATE THOSE FREAKING SOCKS!!!! I spend HOURS searching for matching socks!

  5. Great post Carly! I’m totally with you on the hair and the laundry. My daughter just got the most beautiful haircut on Saturday. She wanted it short. It is. And she hasn’t brushed it since. Yep. It’s Thursday….Oh well. It matches her perpetual dirty face.

  6. Number 10 and number 12 ~ that’s all me, Baby! Love your confessions, Dear Sister! They make me love your more!

  7. I’m so with you – I hate putting all those tiny socks away. And weekday mornings – I feel like I’ve run a marathon by the time I sit down at my desk at 8am.

  8. Love that you said it! I share a lot of the same thoughts! Nice to know there are others out there feeling the same thing.

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