Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Not a moment to myself

Sorry Gang, I make no promises about this post.

The baby was up early today, and my usual coffee-and-blogging hour has been blown to smithereens.

My children are currently in need-machine mode. Yes, I know that children are generally needy beings, but my two are currently taking it to a whole new level.

There is a constant litany of requests, demands and needs. It's endless and grating.

"Mama will do it."
"Mama will get it."
"I want mama!"
"Pick me up!"
"Git down."
"Git down."
"Mama will sit wight hee-yah and weed dis book."
"Mama will give you kisses."
"Mama will not be wight back." (This is toddler speak for, "Mama will not leave me here.")
"I want MAMA."
"Mama, whe-yah ahh you?"

I'm back to my old overwhelmed-mama tricks, i.e. hiding around the corner so I can keep an eye on them, but where they can't see me.

I'm feeling a little claustrophobic and smothered.

My nerves are getting a little frayed.

I can't have a complete thought without interruption.

I haven't been to the bathroom alone in days.

The neediness of one is feeding the neediness of the other, making a hideous snowball-of-neediness phenomenon that is crushing me.

What's that I hear?
Gotta go.


  1. Melissa, this is hilarious - the post, I mean; not the situation. "Being pecked to death by ducks" is what a friend of mine calls it.

    Make sure you are attending to your needs! You deserve to have a second to yourself!

  2. listen to tonya she is giving you good advice..and from an old mother just remember "someday you will want these days back " believe me it will you..and take care of yourself.

  3. Your kids are about the age when they can be taught to give each other-and you- a bit of 'alone time.' That's what we call it around here... It's a life saver some days....
    Hang in there!

  4. So sorry mama! I love how you dictate there little phrases. Keep your head up sweetheart it too like everything will pass. oxox

  5. Oh boy, I can relate. The need cycle is enough to make me go insane. Sometimes I take them for a car ride- one usually falls asleep. Or, I'll park them in front of the electronic babysitter while I, for example, brush my teeth, or some other necessity that gets put on the back burner. Put them in their room with a bunch of toys and close the door- you need some alone time!!

  6. I so love your commentaries (of course in my head your kids have aussie accents, but never mind) need a break babe! Anyone around who can give you a couple of free hours to, you know, go to the bathroom?

  7. I so know what you mean...and my kid isn't even verbal yet. I told my husband that it's like Chinese water torture...incessant, unrelenting and constant. He still doesn't quite get it. :(
    Hope you're able to get some time to yourself soon!

  8. I hear you loud and clear on this one! I swear I fake having to go to the bathroom knowing I can shut the door and try to get a minute of peace. It still doesn't happen because I can still hear the "Mama" shouts and then I end up deciding I really should clean the bathroom...