While I’m usually about food and nutrition here on M2MN, I think it’s important to share little “sprinkles” of motherhood as well. Because many of you wonder how I get a blog post or recipe up, there are days when it doesn’t get done and the computer stays closed. But then there are the days I have a case of word vomit and can crank out one of these motherhood posts in less than 10 minutes flat. Unshowered. Newborn sleeping on my chest. And with a cold cup of coffee! Enjoy! But promise not to judge my lack of hygiene…
We plan, and God laughs. Seriously. I can hear my Mom echoing those words time and time again as I’ve started on this journey called motherhood. I remember looking to my parents for advice growing up and wanting to know my final plan in life [who does that at 22?!] and my Mom calmly telling me, “we plan, and God laughs.” Funny thing is the same rings true for me at 30 years of age. What’s my plan in life? What am I “supposed” to be doing. All signs point to being a wife and Mom [clearly], but some days I wonder what else is on my list I should be checking off or accomplishing. The only thing I can tell you is that when I plan to do or be more than Mom to Joey, Anthony, and Lily, and wife to Ted, God clearly has the best sense of humor and gives a good chuckle! Here’s why:
I had a sitter last Friday for 3 hours. THREE hours folks! Um that’s like the same as reliving spring break 2004 with my girlfriends and lots of cocktails— minus the girlfriends and cocktails. What did I want to do during those 3 hours?! I wanted to order new bath mats and hand towels [#adulting]. I wanted to take a shower and blow dry my hair. I wanted to finish a blog post I’m working on about choosing a healthy breakfast cereal. Want to know what was accomplished? Wait for it….
Yeah, none of that. Instead I nursed Lily every hour [I wasn’t leaving her with the sitter but was hoping she was going to take a good nap during that 3-hour stretch]. I drank 1.5 cups of cold coffee. I finished a load of laundry— and even folded it! Oh and I made some hardboiled eggs. Nothing on the to-do list was completed. BUT, I had a few moments of productivity… and some extra snuggles with Miss Lily.
My biggest takeaway from the 3-hour comedy produced and directed by God and my sweet girl is that NONE of those things I wanted to get done needed to get done. I have and likely always will put unnecessary timelines on myself and tend to be a little type A when they aren’t completed. But the good news is the opportunity will be there to order those bath mats tonight or tomorrow or heck, this weekend when Dad is home and he can press “place order.” What I can’t get back is those little moments when my newborn baby needs me for cuddles, nourishment, or heck, my smell [?! Which is not so great right now because I still need that shower]. But she’s not judging. No one is… especially when it comes to the state of my bath mats and hand towels!
Can you relate? Do you ever have those moments scheduled out for “me time” and then you feel like you haven’t accomplished anything you wanted to?