I wake up this morning early before the kids are awake and decide to make some fresh coffee and enjoy a little alone time before the chaos begins. I love sitting on our screened in porch in the morning watching the sun rise, listen to the birds singing, trees swaying in the breeze and the beautiful smell of cedar and forest. Except this morning as I sit down, take a deep breath and take it all in, I am struck by a horrible smell. "What smells like Sh&t????" I turn around and sure enough there's a big pile of turds in the corner. Twinkle our cat, for some unknown reason, has decided to take a gigantic dump on our porch. My special ME time has now been replaced by cleaning up poop! Then cruelly followed by having to unclog our toilet from trying to flush it all down. I swear that cat sh&ts as much as a toddler!!
How do some mothers make it look so easy? You know, the one's you encounter at the park or Early Years Center, who have 4 kids, one in a sling breastfeeding, another on her hip and two in tow, wearing designer clothes and makeup all while making it look effortless? What about the ones on my facebook account? Every picture of their child has perfect hair, no stains on his or her shirt or food on their face? I'll find myself sitting down for a moment to look at friends pictures, then looking over at the mirror and my hair is a mess, no makeup, puke on my over sized t-shirt from high school while my toddler runs around with peanut butter on her face. I admit it, it's not easy, my husband is away 3 or 4 days a week for work and I am mostly on my own and I do struggle a lot some days. I even post pictures of my daughter with a face full of peanut butter. How else am I going to capture those beautiful moments that seem to happen when you least expect it?
However, I do try not to judge others, and I hope not too many judge me. Maybe that perfect mom from the park goes home everyday and drinks a bottle of wine, or yells at her kids whenever they aren't in public. I'm the type of person who puts myself out there as real as I am sometimes, but even I fall victim to putting on makeup to go for a hike, knowing we will be posting the pictures. I want to share my life with my family overseas and those that don't get to visit often because I am proud of my family. Maybe some even look at my pictures and think I have my act together all the time. If it wasn't for me verbally throwing up my feelings through my blogs, how else would anyone know?
This blog seems to be all over the place today (not unlike my daily life) so I think I will stop there. Stop yourself next time you feel like judging someone and think hard. You have no idea what is going on behind closed doors and you yourself aren't perfect, no one is. All us mothers out there are in this together, we should offer our support to one another not just our sometimes cruel opinion or judgement.