Sometimes I get all caught up in my “online personality”, in who I want to portray myself to be.  This is a post where I show what a nut-job I truly am.

On the one hand I can wax poetic about my first born son starting First Grade.  I get all emotional, weepy, verklempt.

Then the little fart comes home after his first day and throws out some First Grade attitude.

At the Supper Table:

Me: “So what exactly are you trying to say?”

G: “So what exactly are YOU trying to say?”

Bring it, dude. Bring. It.

I honestly feel like I am a bit of a lunatic.  The pendulum of my emotions swings violently between, “I love my kids SO MUCH.  I hope they NEVER LEAVE MY SIDE!!!”

The next minute?

“WHY DID I HAVE THREE CHILDREN?  Could we possibly enroll the three of them somewhere that will keep them until they are at least fifteen?”

See?  I AM CRAZY.

Being a Mom of three is not entirely horrible.  It is just busy.  Horribly, horribly busy.

(Side note: If one more person looks at me and my three kids in the grocery store and states the obvious comment of, “WOW! You must be BUSY!”, there may or may not be a disastrous event.  The kids and I will be fine.  The perp? NOT SO MUCH.)

Apart from the busy-ness (and the attitude) there are glimpses of greatness.  In the midst of chaos I get little rewards for enduring my three little beasts.

Nathan (He of the Whining and the Not Sharing and the Whining. FOR THE LOVE OF PETE THE WHINING.  Oh!  And the crying. PLEASE MAKE IT STOP) is a sweetie with a heart of pure gold.

He hugs me numerous times throughout the day and tells me that I am “The Best Girl”.  He also tells me that I am “The best Mommy in the whole world”.

Then he swipes a toy from Emily.

(Swiper, no swiping!)

Emily, though feisty in all of her almost-two-ness, is blowing our minds DAILY.

I have mentioned before that the boys were not “early” talkers. They seemed to *just* make the developmental requirements, such as the “string two words together by the age of two” milestone.

(Now?  I CANNOT SHUT THEM UP.)

Miss Emily is different from the boys. Some say that it is because she is a girl.  Others say that it is because she has two older siblings.

I say it is because she is a genius.

Don’t even try to argue the fact.

She is stringing four, five, SIX words together.  She is DAILY using new words that I did not know she knew even existed. We have conversations.  We understand each other. She is counting. COUNTING.

She is also still in a diaper. Which I often forget to change. Which results in it exploding. In her pants. GEL CRYSTALS EVERYWHERE.

In the midst of all of her glory (and urine) she will throw herself to the ground in a fit of fury. Which brings me back to that place where I wonder what it is I have gotten myself into.

I am surely crazy. And blessed.  And did I mention CRAZY?

I am pretty sure I am not alone in this. I can’t be.

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  1. Hannah September 4, 2008 3:11 am edit

    No, you’re not alone!!! I only have 2 and my life is crazy. I swing like a pendulum just as you have described, and the days when I am home alone with both kids all day (not often, but it happens) I almost crack completely. It’s TIRING being a mother. We are blessed – and crazy – and it’s perfect!!

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  2. joyce September 4, 2008 4:34 am edit

    um…do i dare admit that i only have one and my pendulum swings violently in a mere few seconds?!? how can they be so sweet and good one minute and so tandrum-y the next?

    p.s. makes me feel better that your boys weren’t big talkers when they were younger…Hudson only says a handful of words and he’s around the same age as Emily!

    joyce’s last blog post..2 left feet

  3. dognutmom September 4, 2008 5:08 am edit

    You are not alone. Been there, done that with the pendulum. Still doing it and my kids are 18-1/2 and 22!! That’s YEARS, not months :-)

    As for the talking … ah, yes, there was another pendulum. My older son was a very early talker. Talked all the time. We were thrilled one moment, then wished the heck he would STOP TALKING ALL THE TIME!!! We used to have to tell him that our ears were tired and we needed to play our quiet game for a bit. Which used to last all of 10 seconds :-)

    Enjoy the pendulum. I couldn’t wait for my youngest to leave for college because he was pushing ALL of my buttons. Of course, now that he is 5 hours away, I miss him :-)

    dognutmom’s last blog post..tall purple flowers

  4. ali September 4, 2008 6:50 am edit

    when people ask me that busy question or use the “you’ve got your hands full” im so tempted to be all “um, actually, no. i usually lock them in the closet every evening and sit and enjoy my dinner and my crossword with a glass of wine and ignore the screaming from behind the door”
    but i usually just smile and say “yes. it’s busy”

  5. Maria September 4, 2008 6:57 am edit

    Ahh, those damn gel crystals. *shakes fists*

    Maria’s last blog post..Thank You, Hilary.

  6. Elizabeth September 4, 2008 7:06 am edit

    Oh, no, you’re not alone :) I have ONE and I feel that way daily:)

    There are moments I just don’t know how I’ll get through it, and then E dog will do something just so amazing and just astonish me and it’s all so worth it, all over again.

    Elizabeth’s last blog post..In Which I Channel Princess Nebraska While Posting On Princess Nebraska

  7. sizzle September 4, 2008 7:16 am edit

    That’s the best kind of crazy though. :-)

    sizzle’s last blog post..Politics Hangover

  8. Becky September 4, 2008 7:40 am edit

    I just had my third in March.

    WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING???

    OMG, he is sooo cute, can I have another?

    They are totally killing me with the love.

  9. Amanda Franks September 4, 2008 7:45 am edit

    I get that line in the grocery store all the time! It is busy and crazy, I was kind of hoping the craziness would end once my kids got just a year or two older, but it looks like no such luck! They seem to grow up so fast, and yet they don’t act as ‘grown up’ as they seem sometimes. Brooklyn is using the toilet already, say what!?! And then she pushes Katy over for being in the way. You’d think someone who uses the toilet could say ‘excuse me’. :)

  10. Heather September 4, 2008 8:36 am edit

    You aren’t alone. I promise!

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  11. Kami September 4, 2008 8:38 am edit

    Wow, three kids 5 and under! You must be busy!

    *turns and runs as fast as she can the other way*

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist :-)

    I only have two and I feel the same way…I love them with all my heart and then this morning, the yelling oh the holy yelling to get Jack to school on time.

    Kami’s last blog post..Cinnamon Anyone?

  12. Sharon September 4, 2008 8:38 am edit

    I don’t have kids, but I’m pretty sure you’re not totally crazy. :)

    I love the pictures of them with the enormous backpacks. SO cute!!

    Sharon’s last blog post..Facing my fears

  13. hills September 4, 2008 8:42 am edit

    Graham’s attitude makes me laugh. Probably because he’s not my kid, but still. It’s kind of funny. Mostly because that’s something I would say. Hey, I’ve got the maturity of a 6 year old. I’m not proud.

    hills’s last blog post..It Was Beans’ Birthday Matter Of Fact

  14. Kristabella September 4, 2008 9:08 am edit

    I love seeing kids wear big backpacks that are bigger than they are. It’s so cute!

    Kristabella’s last blog post..Commence Minor Meltdown

  15. Janssen September 4, 2008 9:35 am edit

    I read posts like this and know that they are in my future, and somehow that makes me feel more calm.

    Janssen’s last blog post..And, For Something Less Vacation-y

  16. Rhi September 4, 2008 11:14 am edit

    The photo of Miss Emily and her backpack? KILLS ME! SO CUTE!

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  17. Andrea September 4, 2008 11:54 am edit

    I’m right there with ya… in the motherhood trenches. It’s glorious and horrendous, beautiful and dirty, mind-boggling and mind-losing.

    Nobody warned me. NOBODY WARNED ME! But I love my life. Just sometimes I wish I could take a permanent vacation.

    If only three children just made us busy. I can handle busy. CAH-razy is more like it. And if we are so busy and those brilliant people know it, why do they not offer to babysit? I mean c’mon!

    -Andrea

    Andrea’s last blog post..Close Your Eyes, Open Up Your Hands

  18. bethany actually September 4, 2008 2:04 pm edit

    No, you are not alone. :-)

    bethany actually’s last blog post..Whole lotta photos

  19. Elisa September 4, 2008 2:29 pm edit

    (18 comments later) I think by know it’s been established that no, you are absolutely not alone. In fact I think you are in pretty good company. I, for one, am definitely crazy. And blessed. Should we start wearing pins or something?

    Elisa’s last blog post..Forget the candles, just give me the cake

  20. Elizabeth September 4, 2008 5:56 pm edit

    Thanks for the smile today, Angella.

    Elizabeth’s last blog post..Brother and Sister do the PAJ

  21. Michele September 4, 2008 6:35 pm edit

    I have a friend who aslo has three kids and I quite often hear her singing, “I am slowly going crazy” too!!!

    Graham is such a turkey…Nothing like the grade one attitude! Nathan sounds so sweet, saying that your the “best girl!” Melt my heart!!! And Emily, what a little princess…That sweater, that outfit, could I keep her??? You’re a great mom to those three, busy monkeys!

  22. The Over-Thinker September 4, 2008 7:24 pm edit

    Wow! You must be busy!! (haha, can’t get me, haha!)

    I wholeheartedly appreciate that you share these feelings b/c it’s nice to know a fellow blogger feels like they’re “losing their s***”…even if it’s only in their head.

    You are NORMAL and I love it!

    The Over-Thinker’s last blog post..Welcome to the Freakshow! Have a seat, ya Nutbag.

  23. slynnro September 4, 2008 7:25 pm edit

    Emily! That sweater! The giant backpack! So cute.

    slynnro’s last blog post..Because ENOUGH ALREADY.

  24. MaryBeth @ FourSillySisters September 4, 2008 8:26 pm edit

    Just wanted to say you are definitely not alone… we seldom leave the house that some random person, stranger or not, doesn’t find it necessary to say, “Boy, you’ve got your hands full!” At times I think it might make me loose my cool in public, and I really, really try hard not to ever do that! I don’t want my four girls thinking that having a tantrum in public is acceptable behavior, afterall.

    MaryBeth @ FourSillySisters’s last blog post..I Think I See Bunkbeds in Our Future

  25. Kristin September 4, 2008 9:06 pm edit

    The “oh you must be busy” comment irks me too! Gerrr!

  26. Elaine September 4, 2008 9:29 pm edit

    Of course you are not alone!!! Thank God us mothers have found each other so we can all survive the ups and downs together! ; )

    Elaine’s last blog post..Adventures in Babysitting

  27. Mrs. Wilson September 5, 2008 8:58 am edit

    You are so alone in that. You’re the only one overwhelmed by children. And the only one who forgets to change her baby.

    ps. Liliana was in the same diaper yesterday from 9 am until 2 pm. Yes, I am AWESOME. I had company! I forgot! Poor kid.

    And also? The pics of them in the back packs are AWESOME. So cute.

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