Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Regurgitation - And the Award for "Worst Mother in the World" goes to....ME?!

My blogging buddy, Andy, at Creative Junkie often goes back and posts an old blog entry on Sundays and calls it Sunday Regurgitation (if you haven't checked out her blog yet, please take a peek....you are sure to laugh your way through reading her posts....oh, and she's having a giveaway right now!) I love the idea of this regurgitation thing so I borrowed it from her (okay, I stole it....throw me in prison, but, hey, I did give her props). Here's one of my older posts from July 30, 2008.

AND THE AWARD FOR "WORST MOTHER IN THE WORLD" GOES TO....

ME?! Oh really, no you shouldn't have....what an honor! Four years in a row now!!! I'm so humbled. I guess my acceptance speech would be something like, "Well, let me start off by thanking my 4 kids for making it so easy for me to be 'worst mother in the world'. Not a day goes by that I don't question my mothering abilities and I have them to thank for it. I'd also like to thank my husband, who offers as much support and encouragement as he can but also realizes it's an endless and thankless task. And, last but not least, my mother and my MIL deserve recognition, with their constant unsolicited advice and judgement. Thank you for always knocking me down when I could really use a lift up."

Okay, so I don't really consider myself the World's Worst Mother all the time, mainly because I'm not beating my kids senseless or starving them. But sometimes I just do dumb things and then I feel like I've traumatized my kids in some way.

For example, a couple days ago, I gave Cole and Bella some milk to drink before bedtime. Cole took a sip and insisted it didn't taste good but Bella said hers was fine. I figured he was just being difficult and I told him to stop fooling around and just drink the milk already. He tried another sip and said "it's yucky". I didn't bother to try the milk because I don't like milk and just the tiniest taste of it would make me wretch. So I asked Bella again if her milk tasted okay and she said yes and she drank all of it. Later that night, Bella had a bit of tummy-ache but then she went potty and said she felt better. The next morning Cole is still refusing to drink the milk and I smelled it and it smelled okay. Bella drank her milk just fine again. I felt, at that point, that Cole was just trying to manipulate me and avoid drinking his milk so I pretty much sat there with him until he drank all of it. And he made faces the whole time like he was gonna pass out or puke. Same thing that night....I told him he needed to drink his milk before bed. The next morning, Tim got them each a glass of milk and noticed that the milk was clumpy...OMG, I had been making my kid drink bad milk!!! Because Bella never complained about it (yet had little tummy aches a few hours after drinking each cup), I never gave it much thought the milk could be bad and it did smell okay. It was probably in the process of turning bad and then finally it just curdled on day 3. I apologized profusely to Cole and Tim just stood there shaking his head as I cried to him, "I can't believe I made him drink bad milk...I sat there and forced him to swallow each sip....I totally suck as a mother". Strike #1 on my record....

Today while we were at the park, Garrett pooped (thank God I had thought to throw a couple diapers in the bottom of the stroller!) and so I put him on the grass and started to change him. He kept trying to wriggle away from me and he would NOT stop crying. I was getting frustrated and the more frustrated I got, the more he'd try to wriggle away from me. I had to also try to keep an eye on Landon, who was still in the sand pit playing with some other kids. Another mother walked by me and she said "I think he's crying because you have his legs lifted up and the sand from his shoes is falling into his eyes". Sure enough, she was right. No wonder the lil guy was crying and trying to get away from me. Strike #2 on my record....

We have a few different types of sunscreen that we use and one of them happens to be a spray. Yesterday, before we went outside to play in the blow-up pools, I was putting sunscreen on the kids. Cole grabbed the spray bottle from the floor while I was busy finishing putting sunscreen on Landon. I should've told him to put the spray bottle down but I didn't and just as I thought "I should probably take that away from him before he sprays himself or someone else in the eye", he sprayed himself in the eyes. And as I quickly tried to splash water into his eyes, he cried saying, "I was just trying to spray my arm, not my face". In the meantime, while I was tied up in the bathroom with him, I had forgotten to pick up the sunscreen spray bottle because I was in such a hurry to get Cole's eyes cleaned and....yeah, we all know where this is going, don't we....Bella picked up the bottle and sprayed Landon in the face. Strike #3 and #4 on my record....

So maybe 4 strikes isn't so bad in general but this was all in a matter of TWO DAYS. Sometimes I wonder if things like this happen because I'm spread so thin between the 4 of them. Okay, the milk thing...well, I guess I can't use that excuse....but the other things clearly happened because I was trying to do something quickly, while keeping an eye on the others, and it just totally backfired on me. Mommies are the ones who are supposed to make their children feel safe and protected, not be the ones who actually make things worse, which is what I feel I do most of the time.

Alright, sob story over....I guess all I can do is slow down and THINK before I do things. And try not to beat myself up over the things I have done. Motherhood is a learning process....no one starts off as Supermom, right?

18 comments:

Creative Junkie said...

You know what I love about you? Other than your humor?

The fact that you are not afraid to tell it like it is .. or was, as the case may be.

Tami said...

Your a wonderful mommy! Kids always make you feel like the worst ones. LOL. Jeremiah, had eaten bad chicken. He thought it was fresh. (I hadn't seen it in the back of the fridge) it was over a week old! yikes!Ugh. He was sick for a week, Now who is the bad mom?
Sometimes mommies get so busy with everything else we forget things too.

Now I have this obsession, if it's 3 days old, it goes in the trash.
Doesn't matter. In the trash it goes.
I will tear my fridge apart (I'm also the zip lock queen) With sharpie and zip locks, I date it all. Drives hubby insane!
I used to put the kids dirty diapers in zip locks so my outside trash wouldn't smell. Talk about obsessive!
See how bad I am LOL

He still won't eat Chicken!

Shelli (wishes she was) Mrs. Burchett;) said...

I made my son cereal with spoiled milk once. He has refuse to eat cereal or drink milk since. He will gag and puke if he even takes a sip. I made him that cereal 18 YEARS AGO!!! Now that is what you call scarred for life!

Jen said...

totally right, we are all learning as we go. This was and is a great post. :)

Musings of the Mrs. said...

There is no such thing as an error free mother. You have your hands full and these are just things that come with the territory. I'm sure you know that, but I just wanted to remind you. Seriously...you should pop over to parentsbehavingbadly.com and you will realize what a fantastic mom you really are!

**~~Nikki**~~ said...

Hiya Helene.
You know I am one of ur biggest writting fans. Even when youwere TTC, always told ya that you should right a book grl!

I think you are one of the best mom's out there grl. I don't know how u do it grl. I only have 1 and I am going nutty. LOL

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

If you are the worst mom, Lord knows what I am!

I can't believe ya'll can keep milk in the house long enough for it to go bad.

Nancy said...

Awwwww, don't be so hard on yourself. :D I've been nominated for the award too, I just disguised it as a post called "The Do's and Don'ts of Parenting, Nancy style". (it's an older post of mine).

Just think, your kids will have amazing tales to tell of their mom when they're parents themselves!

blueviolet said...

Awwwww...all mommies make innocent mistakes from time to time. Don't beat yourself up. You're terrific!

Laura said...

I'm sorry, but I had to laugh. I love your stories! Please don't take my laughter personally....it's the mental pictures, I swear! Hang in there! You are a darn good Mama!! Wayne would have already had to committ me!

mrsbear said...

It happens to the best of us. I don't know how many times I tried to ignore a whiny kid only to discover they've been walking around in their own poop for x amount of time. Really, it's their own fault, if they were so whiny on a regular basis I might take their complaints more seriously. ;) You're an awesome mom, although that whole rotten milk scenario would have scarred me for life. I can't imagine choking down a whole bottle. Gurg! Same thing happened to my sister and my niece, so don't feel to bad. It's not unheard of.

The High Family said...

Oh Helene! First, I need to apologize for not accepting my award back on Thursday! Thank you for thinking of me...you are toooo sweet. I received this same award a few months ago, but I will add it to my side bar again anyways...it makes me feel loved. ;)

So I've had a really rough week with Kara. She is teething AND Ryan gave her her first cold. She is so congested and miserable plus in pain from the teeth popping out. I am exhausted.

This post made me smile because I feel like I would do the same things...I am far from being a perfect mom. I guess the good thing is that our children love us no matter what happens. We can feel like we let them down but at the end of the day, they will still give you a hug and kiss and tell you that they love you...

I think you are doing a fantastic job with these 4 beautiful children. You are super mom in my eyes! :)

MommyAmy said...

LOL, omg....

Yup, I totally love your blog. You're so freakin' honest, and it cracks me up!

Thanks for entering my little cookie contest by the way. I was really rootin' for ya cause I knew you could use all the cookies you could get your hands on. Unfortunately it was not to be... BUT there will be a next time! I think I'm gonna make this cookie giveaway a regular event. :) Plus, I'm sharing the Lavender Honey Bunches recipe tomorrow. :)

I totally don't mind regurgitated posts if they're this hilarious! :)

Betty said...

You are a great mom! We all make mistakes we're human, you meant no harm. Don't be so hard on yourself hun. :)

Kathy B! said...

Oh! That's classic :)

And I hereby award you the medal for most totally awesome mom of the year... and that trumps everything else :)

The Eadle Family said...

I don't think any of us mothers can get through this life without doing something careless or stupid. If anything, it is something to look back on and have a giggle.

PS, about your blog post before, I climbed up the slide once when a kid was going down it. Oh yeah. Busted my nose and lip. Ouch!

DawnS said...

I can see I am going to love your blog. Over from FMFY and can't wait to read more!

Karen said...

Helene, what a fun idea! I like pulling out old posts.

It's funny because I'm sure my mom had days (or weeks) like this too, but I sure don't remember them. Rest assured, your kids won't either! They're still too young to realize you're not perfect.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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