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As a parent, we all get a little tired from time to time. I mean, who hasn’t poured coffee in their Cheerios. I honestly thought that was something that doesn’t really happen until I actually did it. And then I laughed my ass off. I guess that was a day I earned one of my mom badges.

In all seriousness, though, I frequently run myself down to the point where I start doing some pretty ridiculous, yet hilarious, things. It’s like I’m a coffee fueled runaway train stubbornly pushing as hard as I can to just get through the day. And I have managed to walk away with some amazing stories as a result.

The “Forgetting to Get Him Dressed” Moment

One morning, I woke up around 5, got in a little over an hour of work before A woke up, and then started our normal routine. I honestly can’t remember if something threw me off that morning, if I did something out sync, or what, but as we were getting ready to walk out the door, I grabbed A’s coat to put it on him and realized he was still in his pajamas. Wet diaper and all. He was looking at me like “what the hell is going on,” and I couldn’t help but agree.

I mean, at least I realized it before I dropped him off.

The “Handing Him Anything in the Middle of the Night” Moment

A still sleeps in bed with us, and I’m pretty much used to him waking me up ALL. NIGHT. LONG.

He usually just wants his sippy cup, which I give him, and then we go right back to sleep. One night, his sippy must have been somewhere under the covers with him. I apparently didn’t realize this, and just grabbed the closest thing without thinking. After a few minutes of trying to hand him my own water bottle, and him fussing, “No, no, no!” I finally realized what I was doing. They say you need patience to have kids, but I think my kid needs to have patience to have me as a mom!

The “I Have Nothing to Wear” Moment

And no, I’m not talking about finding something to put on in the morning.

One of my absolute favorite times of the day is in the evening when I get about 15 minutes to myself to shower. I purposefully schedule this time while Daddy is home so that I don’t have to deal with having the door open and my wild child throwing mega blocks at me while I’m trying to unwind. But nothing breaks that relaxation more than getting out of the shower and realizing that the only clothes I brought in with me to change into after are two pairs of pants. Nothing beats a freezing dart through an old apartment in the winter!

The “You Can Eat Cold Food” Moment

The other night I almost gave A a plate of cold food. Now, hear me out. I had heated up some leftovers for him. Apparently that wasn’t what he wanted and refused to eat it. So I went to add a couple of his favorites to his plate. These were also leftovers. I guess my brain was thinking that since I had already heated up the first plate, that I didn’t need so heat up the second. Or something like that.

At least I realized it before I actually gave it to him, though!


I would love to hear what some of you have managed to pull off! I know I’m not the only over-tired mama out there, so share some of your own stories in the comments!



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