The Morning Shuffle

IMG_2535It is almost 11 o’clock. My daughter is in bed. My husband & our pup are passed out on the couch & the sounds of Nashville are playing softly on the television. I should be sleeping, but I can’t. This is my time, my time to unwind. Every evening I go through this battle. The bed calls to me, but I don’t want to waste my time sleeping. This is of course a poor choice as the morning will come quickly & I will wake tired and groggy without the energy required to get me through the day ahead of me.

When the morning arrives, my alarm will go off and I will hit the snooze button about 3 or 4 times while my dog pokes me with his nose reminding me that it is time for his breakfast. I’ll finally answer Duke’s pleas and pull back my covers. My shower will be quick & efficient. My wardrobe choice will be comfortable and boring. I will try to rouse my daughter in an attempt to get her ready before we head off to daycare.

Our typical morning banter will begin. Mai’s responses to mommy usually go something like this…

“I don’t want to wake up.”
“I don’t want to go to Miss Laura’s.”
“I want to wear my stinky diaper.”
“I want to wear pink pants”
“I don’t like the pink pants.”
“Purple pants!! I said purple.”
“I don’t like purple.”

Some mornings I win the battle and we make it out the door with just enough time for me to actually make it to work with a coffee in hand. Most mornings I leave the house defeated, with those pink pants tucked into my purse and a tear-streaked child in my arms. Wrestling to get an angry writhing child into a car seat is no simple feat. On the car ride, I change the words to ‘The Wheels on The Bus’ to ‘The Wheels On The Car’. This is enough to break through the tantruming shell and find my sweet daughter again.

At daycare, I apologize for the pajamas, change her diaper & put her in her pink pants before planting a kiss on the top of her head. “Mama, no go to work.” she cries. Mama’s heart breaks. She wraps her arms and legs around me as if she were a koala on a eucalyptus tree. I reluctantly try to pull her away.  She catches sight of baby Ava as she walks through the door & forgets about mommy. I sneak out sad and frantic as I rush off to another late start to my work day. This is how my morning will begin tomorrow. If I had any sense, I would be in bed right now. I would close my eyes and prepare myself for my morning battles, but tonight I just to take some time for me and enjoy the calm before the storm.  I will yell at myself in the morning.

About The Pinterested Parent

I am loving wife to my best friend & mommy to our smarty pants little girl, who loves to learn, craft & play. I am an artist, a crafter & I am Pinterest addict. When I first started my blog it was meant to be an outlet for my Pinterest addiction. I was looking to inspire & be inspired. What it became was a wonderful journey for me & my daughter in which we chronicle our activities, crafts, lessons & a hefty slice of our life. Please join us as we navigate through this wonderful thing called motherhood.
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9 Responses to The Morning Shuffle

  1. Yes, totally been there – more with Lily then Emma, as she is not a morning person not unlike myself and even right now just reading your latest dreading waking her for pre-school. Trust me, I get it and then some. Hugs!!

  2. I hear you about staying up late just to have ‘me’ time. Even her naps turn into ‘Gotta do this chore while she sleeps!’ instead of ‘lets read a magazine’.

    • I wish, I took those moments to do chores. I admit that I am not the best with keeping up with the house. With the terrible twos at their peak, I am just drained, but I need to unwind and feel the calm not just the sleep. I have always been a bit of a night owl anyway.

  3. Marla says:

    Totally feel ya about wanting time at night to just unwind and breathe. Because, lets be honest, it is so nice to just sit and think without having to do a thing. 🙂 Your girl and her hello kitty backpack are adorable, by the way!

  4. “Purple pants!! I said purple.” “I don’t like purple.” I laughed out loud. When my boys did things like that I really felt like I was losing my mind. That made my late night alone time even more important. That’s why they made coffee…

  5. VCrayon says:

    lol! I am currently having the same struggle with nashville. I am a little too eager when the newborn wakes up at night… Yay! I get to watch another nashville on netflix. … but uggh the mornings with the other kids… I hope Mai gives you a couple easy mornings this week.

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