Embrace the chaos

So schools close thanks to the whole Corona-pocylpse ordeal and I take this as a chance to really embrace this whole stay at home mom thing and finally connect with my children. Excited, I create this whole beautiful daily schedule in my mind that goes like this

Wake up each morning to happy children that get along.. make some coffee and breakfast and enjoy a short cartoon on television 
Then lay baby down for his morning nap and enjoy some crafts and free play with my two big boys
Then wash dishes and sort laundry before baby wakes up

Once baby is awake, we will make a very nutritional lunch followed by a two hour nap for all 3 kids
During naptime mommy will tidy up the house and relax
After naptime we will have a healthy snack and play outside until daddy gets home
Once daddy gets home he will take over parenting while I prepare a most delicious dinner
Then after a lovely dinner we will sit outside and enjoy the evening breeze before returning inside for baths
Once we’ve all been bathed and in our pjs. We will all cuddle on the couch for a family movie before going to bed by 9 o’clock 

That perfect vision of mine had me so ready for this new chapter of quarantine life…sadly reality went a little like this:
Wake up way to early to the ear piercing screams of a baby with a bulging diaper and the pitter patter of wild dogs that are ready to go outside for the day

Attempt to make a cup of coffee while the 5 and 2 year old fight over the tv remote (because apparently we dont have another tv these days)
Throw down a bowl of cereal or a poptart..breakfast is served 
Attempt to drink coffee before breakfast ends 
Too late. Breakfast is over.
Get dressed. 5 year old doesnt wanna get off the tv…who cares, not having that fight today
Take baby and 2 year old outside to play 
Baby gets sleepy 
Lay baby down for nap
Wheres my coffee? Reheat it
2 year old and 5 year old are fighting over a toy that I’m sure we have 10 more of somewhere. Kids start screaming
Baby wakes up
Mommy gets frustrated. Time to go outside for awhile 
2 year old is now screaming because big brother got him wet. The world is ending
Mommy is getting a headache
..wheres my dang coffee? Reheat it again
Time for lunch. Ramen noodles? Sure why not
Dog ends up eating most of it anyways 
Baby is down for a nap again
Reheat coffee 
2 and 5 year old lay down
Start fighting because someone touched the other…of course more screaming.. baby wakes up
Mommy loses her patience and threatens to call Santa, the birthday fairy,  and Nana. Big kids finally fall asleep or pretend to sleep…I dont really care at this point.
Baby finalllllly lays back down
5 year old is  now awake

gives up. 5 year old gets tablet to keep him quiet while other two nap
Mommy scrubs dishes and starts another load of laundry to add to the clean clothes mountain 
Finally finds coffee…tastes like crap now
Gets in shower…applies shampoo….baby starts screaming right on que…
Nap time is obviously over.
Snack time consists of pretzels and starburst. That’s cool
Back outside so mommy can relax while kids play
Nope they all 3 wanna sit on me because it’s not already 8392084 million degrees outside 
Daddy is finally home! Daddy is tired…daddy has man chores.
Throw a frozen pizza in oven for dinner.
Bon appetit 
Kids go off the deep end crazy 
Running around fighting over something but honestly who even cares at this point as long as there isnt blood
Baby is crying about something
Too tired for bathtime so we wipe them down with a wipe…baths are overrated anyways
Pjs? Eh who needs them
Cant agree on a movie
Boys are fighting….again. mommy is no longer in mom mode and gives up
Turns on xbox for 5 year old
Gives 2 year old phone
Baby finally crashes for the night
Mommy hides in the closet with 10 pounds of chocolate
10:30 rolls around…all 3 kids are finally asleep somewhere..put them in their beds
Lays down in own bed….beyond exhausted 
Breaks down because it starts all over tomorrow

Mom life on repeat mode…
Quarantine life has taught me to embrace the chaoas. It has also reminded me just how much I was NOT meant to be a stay at home mom. Kudos to the ones that do it, but it’s not for me. I love my children and even though our days are mostly chaotic arguments we have so much fun together…however I do LOVE bedtime each night and can not wait for school to start back in the fall!

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