I’ve read a fair number of opinion pieces about how people lie on social media. Presenting an overly perfect, positive facade for the world, leading to feelings of inadequacy and envy in real-world moms. I don’t think anyone would accuse me of being one of those people (the missy McPerfectPants of the web). In fact, other than full-time bloggers staging a shoot with amazing lighting and perfect settings, and people who make a living off Instagram ads, I think most people are pretty real about their lives (or just don’t share very much). I mean, why would you want to share that your kitchen table is so covered in clutter you can’t use it?! Not that ours is… it is…Okay, it is, actually.
Well, since I’m a chronic oversharer, I thought I’d give y’all a little glimpse of our imperfect paradise right now. I’ve only been sick a few days and my husband is keeping our heads above water as best he can, but the reality is that we are drowning in our own everyday mess right now. Super glamorous, I know.
I’m sitting on my sofa, which has been peed on 2 times recently and puked on once by my sweet 2 year old angel. That’s right. We haven’t had covers on 2 of the cushions for a few weeks cause they’re dry clean only and we haven’t managed to take them in yet.
While I’ve managed to keep the laundry moving, (yay me!) there are perpetually about 3-5 loads worth sitting in laundry bins waiting to be folded and put away.
Our floor is riddled with debris blown in from the patio.
We are in a losing battle with the dishes.
No one will sleep. Alone. Through the night. I expect that from the baby, but come on 2 year old, you were doing so well? What happened??
So, there you have it. The glamorous reality we’re living in. I’m sure there are McPerfectPants out there thinking “I had 2, 2 and under and my floors were still clean.” Well, to you I say congratu-freaking-lations. Aren’t you special.
Maybe in a few days (or weeks) we’ll have successfully crawled out from under this marvelous mess we’ve made… maybe we’ll be back with our heads safely above water and an only mildly gross living space, per usual. I know, the days are long but the years are short. This too shall pass, yadayadayada.
Until then, in the words of Dory, “just keep swimming.” And, mediocre homemakers, over-tired mamas and papas, and even you McPerfectPants of the world, unite in honesty. Sometimes we’re all in a little over our heads.
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Love your sense of humor and perspective. This too shall pass.
I understand you completely. Is very rare that I express my situation or struggles because I like to focus on the positive. But in reality sometimes life isn’t pink. I’m a stay at home mom, Thing that I love to do thanks god but something that me time is hard. If you change the routine the baby do not follow and there is a problem etc…Maintain a household isn’t a easy work. Hope everything get better. You can do it! Stay strong and positive. Don’t forget that me time…is important…Take Care
Thanks C.P., it is so true that me-time is so important. I can report that it things are MUCH better now. I actually was very sick with strep throat when I wrote this (though I was so tired it took me forever to go to the doc and get it taken care of). Once the antibiotics got to working things improved a lot. Now my husband is on paternity leave and our little family has found our groove (thank God). Thanks for your comment and advice!