I've spent most of my life dreaming about being a mommy. In my perfect imaginary world, I was going to have thirteen beautiful children (yeah, not kidding), homeschool them all, bake cookies daily, sew adorable clothes for everyone for every occasion, and of course, do Pinterest-worthy crafts literally all the time. That was the plan.
I'm not having thirteen children. While I do still want to have a large family, I realize that I could never give proper attention to that many babies. More of a selfish reason though - I cannot be pregnant that many times. We don't have a definite plan for how large our family will end up, but it's probably going to be directly related to my future pregnancies and their difficulties. If they're anything like the first two...I'm not sure how many times I will want to go through everything again.
Pinterest, I have a memo for you. Crafting takes work. You have to pick a craft. Gather the supplies. If you happen to not have everything on hand (which, let's face it - you don't) - you have to drag everyone out to the craft store, where it's a miracle if your toddler doesn't break 17402 pieces of expensive glassware. Plus, while your kids are under the age of two, pretty much all craft supplies are just treated like colorful snacks anyway. Anybody else feel it's usually not worth the effort?
I have fabric to make the following projects: a superhero cape for Lincoln, a Christmas dress for Addie, a dolly for Addie, bright-colored blocks to match the nursery, yellow and blue fabric for curtains in the nursery, all of our Christmas stockings...I could go on, but you can probably see my point. Instead of making the projects that I have meticulously planned, I run to the store on a whim to buy purple tulle to make a tutu for my impromptu homemade newborn photo shoot (will share how that went soon).
And I can't even tell you the last time I baked cookies.
Here are the things I'm not especially proud of at the moment:
- Meals are not very structured when I am home by myself with the kids. Lincoln eats lunch as he runs around the living room, since I am usually nursing the baby.
- My house is a wreck most of the time and I don't care. Or worse - sometimes I do care, but I still don't do anything about it.
- I think the last time I dusted was for Lincoln's first birthday party. In February.
- I have no intention of going to the grocery store with the kids anytime in the near future. Even though we are out of food.
- We watch a lot of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Finley the Fire Engine on youtube. A lot, a lot, a lot.
I suppose every mom deals with the same sorts of things, right? If you're one of those perfect Pinterest moms...please don't tell me. I don't think I want to know that you exist.
I'm linking up with Growing Up Geeky for Toddle Along Tuesday! Care to share your own confessions this week?