Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Can You Just Lie On The Floor And Still Be A Good Mom?

This afternoon was one of those times that I was simultaneously bored out of my mind and couldn't find a moment to do anything remotely close to productive....unless you count Twitter.   These blocks of time are painful as a stay at home Mom. 

I was actually in the mood to play with Cole and Stella, Aiden was playing at a friend's house after school, but neither of them were in interested in doing anything with me.  I blame Stella's lack of interest in my awesomeness on her recent tendency to fall on her head.  I blame Cole's lack of interest in hanging out with me on his, well, Cole-ness.  That kid is sort of a good way.

I was continuously tempted to abandon my efforts to bond with my two youngest children in order to get a few things done, but little things kept calling me back to them.  Those things were laziness, a profound disinterest in folding laundry, and Stella and Cole's ability to start fighting over anything. 

I finally laid on the floor of my sun room and just waited to see where the next unsettling sound would come from, so I would know where I was needed.  You might be thinking I was lying on the floor and looking at a magazine or flipping through the Twitter feed, or checking my email, but you would be wrong.  I honestly was lying on my back and staring at the ceiling, alternating between thinking about how much I miss my dog and wondering how I can remove chewed gum from my carpet.

I sort of felt like an apathetic mother. My parenting was excessively permissive and I was definitely absent.  Given Stella's recent unpredictable behavior, this was probably not a solid decision, but we can't all be amazing mothers every single moment, right?  Wait...right? 

First, I heard screams from Cole's room.  I went back to find Cole trying to put Stella on to the ladder of his bunk bed. This is probably not good.  I removed Stella, told Cole to not pick her up, tried to get them to play with me, and then returned to my lying down spot.

Second, I heard a weird rustling sound coming from the kitchen.  Periodically Stella would squeal.  Let's be clear, squealing without supervision is bad.

Next, I heard NOTHING.  This is the most feared of sounds as a Mom with two children under four roaming around.  I peeled myself off the floor, because I'm a curious woman, and went to hunt out some kids. I found Stella coloring,  her feet.  This didn't really phase me because she usually colors things like the wall when I am not around and I'm totally willing to sacrifice her skin in order to not further the destruction of my home.  The drawings on her feet will come off after a bath, or four.

I couldn't find Cole though...and then I heard that familiar sound of Angry Birds coming from his closet.  Yep, my iPad had been confiscated and there was unapproved gaming going on, hidden gaming. I totally ignored it. 


I looked at the clock and it was almost 5:00  5:00 means time to make dinner, baths can be had, a mental light at the end of the day tunnel, and wine can be poured without feeling weird or unstable. 

Or, more unstable.  Wait, why do I wait until 5:00? 

Cole was occupied with books (because I'm really in to education and do a really good job with my children, clearly,) but I hadn't seen Stella since she tried to shove me off the toilet while I peed earlier. She had said "yes," when I asked her if she had to go potty earlier and then she ran off. 


I rounded the corner to the kids' bedrooms and heard a constant flushing sound coming from their bathroom.  Stella, had unrolled an entire roll of toilet paper on the floor, and then did this with another one....

Oh sweet Lord, I think I need to get up off the floor and force the kids to do something with me, or at least fold the laundry.  Tomorrow. I'll definitely not lie on the floor tomorrow. 



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♥Messy Jessy♥ said...

Sounds like you had an interesting day, your kids seem really energetic. You don't have to wait til 5 to drink some wine... it's 5 o'clock somewhere! :)

I love your writing. You make me laugh.

Hope your having a good week!

Kmama said...

LOL! There are times when I just lay there too. Not necessarily on the floor. Sometimes face down on my bed.

Thanks for linking up!

Connie said...

We have a constant battle with the toilet paper.

Don't let them read any books about Mummy's.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

My youngest thinks it is hilarious to unroll the toilet paper in our half bath. Most of the time I just ignore it and hope that the boys either use it or clean it up!

lcarp51 said...

Is it wrong to suggest a game? One lays down on the floor. The other does a chalk outline of the child laying on the floor? Not in a homicidal kind of way. More like an educational game: One learns to stay still. One is learning eye hand coordination. Maybe they can trace you, too. 2 out of the 3 get to lay on the floor. After that you can get out clothes and dress the outline. Honestly. I have that in one of my Toddler Game books.
The only other option I can think of is duct tape. It's my go-to solution for almost everything.

Stacie said...

My daughter has done the same thing with the roll of toilet paper. I can't tell you how many I have lost to the toilet. It was that or unroll a ton of toilet paper and leave paper trails through the house.

momnextdoor said...

I'm glad to know I'm not alone in my parenting skills. Ignoring certain behaviors is clearly the best option. However, I usually opt for the couch because our floors are always cold, even the ones with carpet. I don't like to be cold.

And it's ok to let your 2 yo and 5 yo stay upstairs alone for long stretches of time while you sit on the couch and read a book, right? Right?

Two Normal Moms said...

Your ability to write about mommy moments is truly admirable. I hope you are compiling this stuff for a book!

Emmy said...

I usually do my stupor on the couch as then my kids at least think I am around so they might behave a little better. Though sometimes I hide in my closet.
My youngest likes to carry rolls of toilet paper around and stack them- so you never know where the toilet paper may end up.

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

It's nice they stayed busy! Lol! My kids sometimes like to do their own thing too, though it doesn't always end well. My youngest likes to flush anything, BUT toilet paper, down the toilet. :)

Not Supermom said...

If you lay on the floor on your stomach, and convince them to walk on you, you've given yourself a cheap massage. Bribe them with candy.

...not that I know anything about this. AT ALL. :-D