Come on Mama! 

blog come on mamaUgh. If something stresses me out, it’s getting the brood out of the house.
No. Really. As soon as we all need to leave as a family, I can feel the stress levels rising. Leaving the house just with the toddler is relatively stress free, but, add husband and teen to the mix, and it becomes a massive battle.
This probably sounds unfair. Or maybe it’s wrong of me to expect help from them. But invariably, as soon as we need to leave the house as a family, the toddler gets “put in the car” whilst I’m still putting my face on. His nappy bag will be empty or awol, he won’t have his dummy or a fresh bottle of milk or the correct hat, but of course I must be grateful that toddler is now in the car and we’re all ready to go.
The clock is ticking. I now have about 3 minutes before toddler starts kicking off to put all of his things together, to run around the house finding nappies, wipes, topping up bottles, making sure I have everything I need and remembering to put mascara on both eyes before dashing to the car only to realise that toddler doesn’t have a coat.
“Oh, we’ve been ready for 10 minutes” comes the reply from hubby. “We’re all waiting for you”
But I can’t leave. Not yet. There are cups on the bathroom side, wet towels on the bed, the kitchen floor needs sweeping, the dishwasher needs putting on, there’s a load of washing waiting to go in the tumble drier, and I really need to eat something before I collapse.
Or maybe, just maybe, I will leave the screaming toddler in the car with hubby and teen, and i will sit here and eat my toast in peace.

God help us when there’s an extra baby in the mix, who invariably will be Velcro baby for at least 6 weeks, and I have to battle all of the above with a newborn firmly planted on my boob…

As I type this, hubby is driving,  We will be in IKEA in 20 minutes. (On a Saturday!!!) I will sit here and practice deep breathing before my stress levels reach explosive. (Because, you know, I’m trying to work on controlling my Dark side…)
Ps. I love you hubby. Thank you for driving! X

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