I wouldn't trade this life for anything, but I'm not afraid to keep it real! Sometimes you just need to confess all those mom life secrets. (Husband, hit that red x now!) So here goes...
On the rare instance when I'm out alone, I drive home veeeerrrrry slowly.
I often turn the music up really loud in the SUV because it drowns out voices. It's like a brief mental escape from the insanity.
Every time I feel nauseous, I immediately think I'm pregnant. After a grand total of 3 years worth of horrible morning sickness, I can't help but panic. And in that moment of panic, I have two thoughts that run through my head: "OMG, FIVE kids!!!" and "Awwww! A baby!"
I'm one of those naturally happy people. I don't drink, I don't smoke and I don't take any medications.
Speaking of alcohol, I had my first drink in over 2 years a few weeks ago, at the Pittsburgh Moms Blog outing. I drank about 3 oz of a margarita and felt like I was going to fall off my chair. I immediately stopped because I hate the feeling of not being in complete control of my body. Plus, I just don't like the taste of alcohol, so why bother?
Caffeine on the other hand? It's necessary. I'm a hot tea/iced tea kind of gal. And I have a bit of a mug obsession.
I stay up until 3 or 4 AM. It's the only time of the day that I have to myself and there are no distractions. During the week, I only sleep 3-5 hours each night, but I make up for it on the weekends. I figure that one day I will have plenty of time to sleep!
My mind never turns off. I have such a difficult time sitting still while watching TV and I can't take naps. I always come up with a list of things that I should be doing instead!
I have a candy jar stashed in my dresser. I have to hide it or else the
I have a ridiculous sweet tooth. I've contemplated a sugar detox, but nah. Life is too short to stop enjoying the little things in life!
Parenting a tween is HARD. This is definitely the hardest stage in my parenting journey. Give me 20 newborns instead. I'm not even kidding!
I get road rage in the form of swearing loudly. I'm typically such a calm and sweet person, but I can't handle incompetent drivers on the road!
If Lily and Liam fall asleep in the car, I will happily sit in the car with a cup of hot tea and indulge myself with a little Netflix-watching on the iPad until they wake up!
Remember that tween? He likes to sneak up on us and take pictures for blackmail. He thinks he's stealthy, but forgets that I review his iPod each night. I like to remove the proof of my Secret Mom Life or Grant nodding off during Family Movie Night. It is kind of funny!
Why, yes, I DO have a pink choo-choo train iPad case. Mainly because I'm too lazy to remove it before I use it, but also because I would probably break the iPad if I took it off.
I usually have 1-3 extra kids in my home each day. People like to tell me that I'm clearly insane, but I secretly enjoy it. It really does make my job easier. Friends are a great distraction and the sibling bickering decreases!
I hate having the TV on all day. The continuous background noise drives me crazy!
You know what else drives me crazy? A messy house. I should get used to it while living with 4 kids, but I just can't stop cleaning!
I have, on occasion, put the iPad into a Ziploc bag and watched Netflix while taking a bath. I claim I have a bad headache and ask my husband to keep an eye on the kids, but really, it's just a way for me to escape life for a bit. I like to turn to Gilmore Girls or Buffy the Vampire Slayer in my time of need.
I like to chase my kids through the house and pop out of doorways to scare them. I need to get a little thrill out of my day! Really, though, I believe it's important to have fun with my kids!
I hate driving in the city. Or in the snow. It's the only two things that give me anxiety.
My favorite shows are the ones I can't watch with kids around. Orange is the New Black (OMG, season 4!!!), The Walking Dead, House of Cards, Criminal Minds... During the school year, my husband and I can have our Netflix date nights at 9:00, when all the kids are in bed. Summer, however, is a problem with kids staying up later. SO. We put Liam into his crib at 9, let Lily have her iPad time for an hour and we escape into our bedroom to watch our not-so-kid-friendly favorites! Lexie has the important role of keeping an eye on the house for an hour. We get very little time away from our kids, so Grant and I need to get inventive if we want to spend any time together!
I hate asking for favors. This includes asking people to watch my kids. I don't want people to feel like it's a burden, so I just try to do it all myself.
Date night hasn't happened since my birthday in April. And I'm only away from my kids once or twice a month.
I have a bit of a shopping addiction. I just might have gone to Target for a few things tonight and returned with 5 extras. Oops.
It's now 3:41 AM and I have to be up at 7. Even though it feels good to get stuff done, I'm going to seriously regret this when my alarm goes off. But it's all worth it in the end!
This motherhood gig is an awesome one. Time is fleeting, so I aim to live in the moment and enjoy the now! Every single crazy, chaotic, perfectly imperfect moment!
What are your motherhood confessions?
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