Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This. Yesterday Was One of Those Days.

Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This. Yesterday Was One of Those Days.

Mama said there’d be days like this. Yesterday was one of those days I read about in blogs all the time. You know the ones: stay-at-home-mom is flustered and exhausted; she just needs a break. See, my kids weren’t themselves. One was home from school for 2 days because she was sick and the other had what I’m assuming was cabin fever from being stuck in the house with her sick sister. Misery, whining, fighting, and crying all came together to create the theme of the day: frustration. This mama couldn’t deal. I found myself feeling alone. Tired. Aggravated. I raised my voice. I shut down. I put on Netflix and let it play for hours because I didn’t have it in me to do anything else.  I counted the minutes until nap time. I wasn’t my best self. Far from it.

But then I remembered you, Dear Reader. See, my life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies, despite what the images on my blog may portray. There’s no glitz nor glamour in the day-to-day. Not even close. I try to keep it real in my content and captions but I can’t possibly share everything. Who can? There’s not enough time in the day. And who would really care if I did, right? It’s my fourth week home full-time and the learning curve has been a challenge, to say the least. I know I’m not alone in the crazy because you have bad days just like mine. Maybe with a little less Netflix. You have days where it seems things would be easier – better – to do something else. But, like me, you’re grateful for the opportunity to devote so much time to your family – even if you want to scream and run away when the heat rises. As crazy as my sick and cabin-fevered kids made me this week, I’m beyond thankful that I got to be home with them.

I’m not sure where I’m going with this, really, so I’ll leave you with some encouragement – even though I’m really talking to myself here. Some days are really fun. Some days are really hard. All days are worth it. Every day we get to spend with our families – no matter how hard – is a gift. Working mom, stay-at-home-mom, work-at-home-mom, whatever-the-heck-you-want-unlabeled-mom – we’re all just doing the best we can. We’re not alone. We have each other. We’ve got this.

Jen Hatmaker summed it up better than I ever could:

You will never have this day with your children again. Tomorrow they’ll be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift. Just breathe, notice, study their faces and little feet. Pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today, it will be over before you know it. 

Yesterday was hard. Today might be, too. Tomorrow might be better.

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  1. April 28, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Sorry for the rough day mama! I have had many of those days (especially the Netflix part). It does get better and it doesn’t last forever, but it’s hard in the moment, that’s for sure.

    • Shannnon
      April 28, 2017 / 6:02 pm

      It really is! Thanks for the love. Netflix for the win! LOL

  2. April 28, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Some days are terrible! That’s why babysitters and wine exist!

    • Shannnon
      April 28, 2017 / 6:01 pm

      Soooo true! Yassss!

  3. raisingjayandabel
    April 28, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Thank you for speaking the TRUTH. the REALITY of staying home is not always what it seems <3

    • Shannnon
      April 28, 2017 / 6:00 pm

      Thank YOU for reading! xo

  4. April 28, 2017 / 12:04 am

    This totally sums it up for me: “you’re grateful for the opportunity to devote so much time to your family – even if you want to scream and run away when the heat rises.” – YES. But you’re so right, each day is a fresh start

    • Shannnon
      April 28, 2017 / 9:51 am

      It’s such a delicate balance, right?Thank goodness for new days! Thanks for reading, girl! xo

  5. April 27, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    I loved reading this. I’ve had a few pretty rough days because of being exhausted from plain old lack of sleep, and having a toddler that has tantrums. I feel ya. Thank goodness tomorrow is a new day.
    Angela

    • Shannnon
      April 27, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      Oh no! I hope you get some rest soon! Everything feels worse when you’re tired!

  6. April 27, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Loved this girl! I have been there more times than I can count, but just like you said, I treasure these moments… even the hard ones… more than anything!

    • Shannnon
      April 27, 2017 / 10:38 pm

      Thanks for the love! It can be so hard but it’s all worth it!

  7. April 27, 2017 / 11:05 am

    This is a great post! It’s only been a little over a year for me but time just seems to fly so I try to appreciate and enjoy every day. That quote is totally spot on. On the hard days I always try to remember that tomorrow is another day.

    • Shannnon
      April 27, 2017 / 11:14 am

      Yes! The days are long but the years are short! Thanks for readying!

  8. April 27, 2017 / 10:27 am

    This post hit me. It’s been so hard for me lately of both kids being sick. The whining,the clinginess not to mention the fights even if they are sick they have energy to tease each other then turned into a not so pleasant scenario. I just have to remind myself and this shall pass.

    • Shannnon
      April 27, 2017 / 11:17 am

      It can be so hard! And yeah, how do they have the energy when they’re sick ?! It will definitely pass and it will feel like it passed too quickly.

  9. Amber
    April 26, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    Holy cow your words hit me like a ton of bricks!!!! This is my 3rd week of having sick kids… First week was the stomach bug for all three of them on different days and then the hubs got it, the second week was teething twins with high fevers -102 degrees- and then this week is pink eye…. Feels like its never ending and as if I can’t “catch a break”. I was just talking to MIL about this this morning and trying to find a positive that I am able to be home and take my kids to the Dr without having to call out of work or check my schedule or whatever. I can drop whatever is going on to take care of them and help them the best I can to feel better! I also love the quote you posted at the end! Need to print that out and carry it with me everywhere I go! Praying for strength for you as we all need it everyday!! 💓

    • April 28, 2017 / 9:49 am

      That sounds so miserable!! Like that would stress me out so bad! But you’re right – not having to focus on anything other than my kids this week without worrying about work and other arrangements was the silver lining. Keep your head up, girl! You’ve got this!

    • April 28, 2017 / 9:47 am

      It’s such a good one!

  10. April 26, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    I love that quote from Jen Hatmaker! I hope today is better for you 🙂

    • Shannnon
      April 26, 2017 / 3:23 pm

      Thank you, Kerry! I love it, too!

  11. April 26, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    I just wrote a blog yesterday about having a hard time with motherhood lately! 😘 You are definitely not alone, sister. Hugs for better days!

    • Shannnon
      April 26, 2017 / 2:05 pm

      You did? I need to read it! Thanks, girl!

  12. April 26, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    I feel the same way!!!

    • Shannnon
      April 26, 2017 / 12:37 pm

      I’m glad I’m not alone, friend!

  13. Nicole
    April 26, 2017 / 11:27 am

    I hear you mama! I too had a sicky home with me for two days this week. I hope your little one is feeling better and you get a chance to recharge! 😘😘 xo, Nicole

    • Shannnon
      April 26, 2017 / 11:40 am

      Thanks, Nicole! Same mine is all better and at school today! I hope you (and your little) get some relief soon!

  14. April 26, 2017 / 10:33 am

    I really enjoy your writing. I have days like this, too being a SAHM. I sometimes find myself counting down until my husband gets home. It’s so easy to feel frustrated and overwhelmed but when they smile and laugh, it makes it all worth it.
    I really enjoy being a mother, as hard as some days may seem.

    • Shannnon
      April 26, 2017 / 11:40 am

      THANK YOU so much!! And you are so right. Those giggles are everything.

  15. April 26, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Great read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!! Those days are so hard, and I hope that today is better for ya! 🙂

    • Shannnon
      April 26, 2017 / 10:14 am

      Thank you so much for reading my ramblings! Today is already better. Thanks, girl!

  16. April 26, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Been there mama! Here’s hoping today is better than yesterday!

    • Shannnon
      April 26, 2017 / 10:14 am

      Thank you, my friend! And thanks for being part of my virtual tribe! xo

  17. April 26, 2017 / 8:58 am

    You are not alone. We all have those days but tomorrow will be different.

    • Shannnon
      April 26, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Yes! Thanks so much! Let’s rock this day!

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