Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Real World: OHmommy

When I gave birth to Classy Chaos some nine months ago it was to chronicle my life as a SAHM to three. My soul purpose was to document funny and cute things that happened at home so that my parents, my siblings, my family, and my friends that were sprinkled across the globe, could read. I wanted them to be connected to our lives. And. They are.


Although, I continue to write for them and for me, sometimes you come into play. My purpose is the same: to document our lives. 90% of the time I usually write about exploding diapers, the funny things Lola says about being blond, Jay's new interest in gymnastics, and shopping at Target.

There are times when something happens and I do not blog about it because you might not find it as cute as my Cocia Hania would. Fifi screams instead of talks. She comes in one level, LOUD. It is almost as if she is trying to stay on top of the chaos at home. She points her fingers, "THIS???!!!!" and "DOGGIE!!! WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!" It is hysterical. She is definitely related to our LOUD family. I think she talks more then Lola. Imagine that?

And so, I don't blog about Fifi talking and instead find something that might interest you like discussing Jay's sensitivity. I don't really want to document it. But somehow, I have found myself amidst this incredible blogging world full of communities. The mommy community is amazing. Perhaps blogging about Jay's sensitivity would help another mommy figure out how to help her child. Perhaps I made a connection with one person. Perhaps not. I feel like I want to contribute back to the community.

Nevertheless, my original purpose is to chronicle my life. I want to document my life. I rarely ever philosophize because really... I am just too damn tired with three kids. I am too exhausted to discuss religion, although I desperately want to talk about it. I am too tired to discuss raising body awareness, although I desperately want to talk about it.

My point is that I write to document the cute and funny things that happen around the OHmommy house. These stories paint a picture of our lives. I do attend church regularly. I do love to wear heels. I really never swear. I do not feed my kids anything processed besides the occasional mac n cheese and chicken nuggets. I love my kids.

The cute and funny stories might paint a picture of a cute and funny life. And, for the most part the picture you have painted in your mind is 90% accurate. There is about 10% that you don't know.

The 10% that I do not blog about.

The 10% that I do not want to document.

The 10% that I do not want my parents reading.

I give to you, The Real World: OHmommy. "She isn't always wearing stilettos."

I panic when people arrive at my house un-announced. Usually there are dishes in my sink, my windows are dirty, and my counter top is full of junk.

Usually my playroom, looks like a tornado hit. I keep re-organizing and they keep re-dumping. It drives me crazy.
Usually Jay's room likes his closet vomited the Star War trilogy all over his once pretty baby blue room.

Usually Lola's room looks like a bomb went off in the American Girl place. I should give up on making beds in the morning because by the afternoon I have n-ked dolls spread over her coverlet.
One month ago, Fifi ate the puppy's poop, off of our dinning room carpet. I was too ashamed to blog about it.
AND...
I spoon feed dinner to all three kids, every single night. I do. I can't go to bed knowing that their tummies are empty and/or loaded up with processed foods. I am a bit ashamed.
AND...
The last time I washed my hair was on Monday. I do not need to bore you with my personal hygiene issues and the lack of time/privacy I have with three small children.
AND...
I have been depressed this year. Partly because staying at home for 6 years has reached an all time level of un-fulfillment. I am very grateful to be at home, I am, but I also want more. I need more. I don't want my parents to know I have been depressed, now they do, and now the stalking will begin.
AND...
I have issues with some local SAHM friends. Nope not YOU silly. But this blog is about my life and not theirs. You don't want to hear about their issues and what I think about them.
AND SO...
There you have it, my friends, a sampling of the 10% that you do not know about me. Although this probably won't become a regular post for me. I prefer you continue painting a picture of perfection with a sprinkling of chaos. My long time readers know I changed Lola's name after birth, I have been without a diaper when I desperately needed one, and we have been to the ER too many times. That is why I choose the title CLASSY CHAOS, because most of my life is pretty chaotic and I hold my head up high through it all. I want to document my life.


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Sometimes the Real World OHmommy bumps into the Real Blog OHmommy and the two worlds collide. My good friend Steph at the Daily Grind sent me the prize I won on her blog. This might motivate me to add some new meals to our boring repertoire of meals. Yes, meals I will be spoon feeding my three children. It is a good thing I have Mr. OHmommy trained to eat by himself.


And now to announce the winner of the very sassy and very cute beach towel from Workin' That Preppy I mentioned last week on my CLASSY awards. The winner, drawn randomly by a chubby 13 month old hand, is .... CRYSTAL. Hurray for Crystal!!!

108classy comments:

just jamie said...

Whew. Can you hear me exhale a sigh of relief that YOU ARE REAL.

Thanks for sharing the classy *and* the chaos. It still looks darn good from here (well, except for eating poop). :)

Kelly said...

I think that's what a lot of blogs are like. There are many days I want to rant about things that upset me whether it be my kids or something else. Then I worry that it will turn people off or that someone will think bad about me. Really it's good to have some of that in there. It makes us real, makes us human. We all have our good and bad moments and it really is comforting to read the perils of other mommies, then we don't feel so alone. I'm glad to know your house gets messy too and I too have felt unfulfilled MANY days. I don't know what I want but I DO know I'm lucky for what I have and I feel guilty for wanting more out of life.
Great post, I enjoyed it and can certainly relate!!!

Mary said...

Alright, I've been reading (stalking, whatever) your blog for a while now, but I finally have to say how much I enjoy it! I'm constantly laughing (with you, of course) because I can SO relate! I love that you are completely real and honest! You take beautiful pictures too.

Okay, enough. Have I made you all nervous and uncomfortable yet? (nervous laugh) Have a great night!

Someone Being Me said...

Its good to hear that I am not the only one who doens't have it all together. Thanks for sharing the chaos with us. I promise I won't judge.

Someone Being Me said...

Its good to hear that I am not the only one who doens't have it all together. Thanks for sharing the chaos with us. I promise I won't judge.

Mr Lady said...

If lovin' you is wrong, I don't wanna be right.

Katie said...

Now I just love ya even more, don't feel bad, my house regularly looks like that as well. You're the best!! :)

Jeni said...

Write about whatever turns you on -your kids, good or bad; your interests, in a previous life as compared to now, ups and downs -whatever -and don't worry about readers because those who enjoy your blog will keep coming back. It's so comforting to know someone else has kids who can destroy a room -heck, a house -in record time. (Misery loves company, ya know.) And the baby eating puppy poop? Too cute! Ok, not cute for you at the time, but in retrospect. All kids do stuff like that, some just put a little wilder spin to things. It's life -at its finest, ya know. You do a terrific job with your blog -always enjoy visiting here.

tricki_nicki said...

Everything you shared just makes you all the more darling. You're a sweetie with a great big heart, and I bet part of the reason you don't want to share the other 10% is because you try to stay positive. Thanks for keepin' it real!

Dawn said...

I love that you are real! Bravo for not being ashamed to share your realness! :-)

The Mom said...

"I have been depressed this year. Partly because staying at home for 6 years has reached an all time level of un-fulfillment. I am very grateful to be at home, I am, but I also want more. I need more."

I could have easily wrote this...it's my 10 year anniversary being at home.

You are real. Love ya!

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

I think we all feel that way from time to time. And, you know, it's okay to not be on every time. It's your life. It's not always perfect. And, if you were perfect all the time, where would you have room for growth? We love the chaos as much as the classy.

LaskiGal said...

Thank you. Very. Much. Luv.

Ashlee said...

This is why I have two blogs. My family one, and then my random one. I started blogging for the same reasons you did. And then it got out of hand. :0) Good to know you're not as perfect as we dared to believe.

HRH said...

Love the behind the scenes. Every once in awhile it would be fun to write anonymously on someone else's blog to tell those shhhhh stories. Like the ones about the SAHM that might be a bit difficult, etc. Sometimes that 10% is the best part.

amanda said...

this is why i still write in my journal. this is why i still can't bring myself to tell my mom about my blog. this is why i sometimes dream of starting a secret blog.

thanks for sharing the real world of ohmommy - the other 10% makes me puffy heart you even more :)

Rhea said...

Girlfriend, you really needed to get that out, didn't you?!! Whew.

Playrooms are hopeless, that's what they're for, don't sweat it. I don't think that post was meant for us to offer advice or "fix" you, but more a change for us to say, we hear you, we understand you, you're human. And, we still think you're classy and awesome!

This post was awesome and real and wonderfully honest. Sometimes cuteness needs to be bypassed for the real stuff...and then back to the cuteness again. Life happens.

Christy said...

I think we are all the same really when it comes down to it. Don't worry, we are allowed to rant and rave from time to time. It is your blog after all.

That is why my blog is a secret though. So if I need to I can rant and not worry about it. My Hubby knows, but my family and close friends don't. Sounds completely horrible doesn't it, but I needed a space of my own. I still try to sensor what I put up there, well just cause I don't want to come across as completely out to lunch, plus you just never know who may stumble across you ;)

Kristen said...

Ok, so great minds really do think alike. Can't believe we did alot of the same post! Too funny.

I think what you did tonight was awesome. Thank you for letting us know that you too, are real. That your life while cute (always) is still a lot like ours. Hectic with dirty dishes and a house that seems to be endlessly disorganized.

I have to admit OhMommy, that you are even more special in my book now! Have a great classy chaos day. :-)

zoeyjane said...

oh thank god. i was worried that you were some form of cyborg that i would need to send hunters after.

(your kitchen's got nothing on mine :P)

munchkin*mama said...

LOVE your blog. Love it, love it.

I don't have a blog, but I have a journal online, and I've kept it secret from family for those reasons...so I can keep it as "real" as I can, and I can remember the good times and the bad times of being a SAHM.

I would love to know exactly what you feed your children every night for dinner...I'm too exhausted with my two kids to create a home cooked meal every night that doesn't involve processed food....how in the world do you do it with three kids? Details please! :)

Melisa said...

Every SAHM has a couple of bad days here and there. I think that it comes with the territory. Raising a family is hard work and doing it FULL TIME is a great sacrifice. Your family will return their gratitude for years to come.

I celebrate you & your honesty. Stay real.

CC said...

I love that 10%! You go girl!

Shellie said...

I think your 10% is really quite tame. Don't be embarrassed :)I started my blog for the same reasons, I want to preserve this craziness, bottle it somehow for my kids and grandkids. It's been so fun to find a community of love and support along the way as well...

jimaie.marie said...

OH mommy i love you even more(was that possible??)now that i know that you aren't perfect ;)
you really are the funniest, classiest, wittiest, most beautiful blogger!!
ok now i realize that i sound like a stalker so i will go now.
thanks for keepin it real ♥

cyndy said...

Thank you for sharing. I personally think you should blog about whatever you want, whenever you want. Your blog is awesome.
And honey, you should see my house.....four dogs and now a cat, too. If I had toddlers, I am positive some poop would've been ingested by now. As it is, one of the dogs takes care of that. (gag)

Cecily R said...

Oh OH Mommy!! You are so fabulous. I love that you are real...I love the 90% AND the 10% of you. Both are classy and chaotic and I have a feeling that when it really comes down to it, you wouldn't have it any other way.

XO

Tootsie Farklepants said...

There's a lot I don't blog about too because I'm very careful about not putting something out there that could bite me in the ass later.

And being a SAHM can play Jedi mind tricks with your identity. I've had my moments too.

TheVasquez3 said...

loving this post!

i had a feeling there was a little chaos somewhere since ummm your name says so!

Big D said...
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April said...

Yay!! You AREN'T "perfect" after all! LOL Everyone has a little bit of chaos in their lives and it is human.

And OMG I'm still laughing about Fifi eating puppy poop!!!!

(sorry that last deleted message was me...Big D was still signed on the computer so it showed up under his name! LOL)

Happy Days said...

Thanks for sharing a bit of the chaos. Now I know you are real!!! We are in the same boat, or minivan, what ever you want to call it. Have a great day!

Kimber said...

Oh Mommy---THANK YOU! We are So on the same page....this year has bee SO very hard for me because both my boys were in school and now I am stuck home agan. Blogging has helped me connect with other SAHM's and I can do it quietly duing nap time. I stuggle to try to keep the house presentable etc, etc...thank you for showing us this 10%---I like you even more now:) Although--I thought you were awesome before too!

I knew I liked you when you showed us your purse (which is the same one I have BTW) and all its contents!

Hugs,
Kim

Stella said...

You TOTALLY should have shared the poop story!! My kid ate diaper rash cream and paint...poop is a perfect compliment to that!

We love you regardless of what you tell us in that 10%.

chickadee said...

Being imperfect only makes you more perfect. And trust me, from where I sit, you do it ALL with class.

Jessica said...

If it sheds even a small smile or chuckle...I haven't shaved my legs in over a month, my kitchen floor has only been swept and not washed (despite a 2 year old's "self-feeding" and having had guests) in over 2 weeks...and did you ever see the Friends episode with Monica's mysterious closet....the one that is locked and shoved floor to ceiling with stuff? Yes, don't go into my guest room. We are all human and attempt to be a bit classy in the process. Atleast that sentiment makes me feel a bit better.

MCmommy said...

Oh OhMommy, I just love, love, love you! You are REAL and that is what you makes you classy in my book!

Stephanie said...

That was superb! It's nice to know I'm not the only one who experiences this stuff too. This actually makes you even more classy I believe. Being real. Thanks! ;)

beth said...

We all have our 10%. No judgement here.

You have lots of love in your house and that is what matters most.

This Southern Belle said...

What a brave post, and, yes, I like you even more now that I know that you aren't perfect! :)

Amy Bell said...

I have been reading your blog for a while...What you shared? Pretty normal. I think that being authentic and sharing what life is like is really hard..and sometimes being at home is tough. Just this year I found a little outlet to help. My mom stayed home and it was a wonderful gift to me and my sister. I see the benefit in my boys...Keep going. Keep blogging...Find the "funny" in the every day..you aren't alone...at all. :)
Philippians 1:6

Krystyn said...

You are too funny! I can tell you are real!

But just for the record, I don't care what you blog about...I'll still read it because it's good stuff!

Irene said...

I definitely do not blog about everything going on in my life. And I definitely keep controversial opinions to myself. And I don't think everything and anything should necessarily be shared with the public.

But I also think a blog shouldn't be all roses and sunshine or anyone who reads it starts to question how real you are.

So thanks for sharing some real Ohmommy. Love it!

The Immoral Matriarch said...

Remember how in that email you said that you should start another blog to write what you want? I think you should. Anonymously if you have to. It's cathartic.

And I like you, Real World or Real Blog. Okay, Real World more, because she's more like me. :p

Karen said...

You're only human, after all. The real world OhMommy is just like me. And all your other readers. My home is a bigger mess than most homes will ever be. The kids fight with each other and argue with adults. The dogs still have accidents on the floor sometimes. It's what makes us relate so well with each other. If you feel the need to share with us that you're family sometimes does normal things, I'd love reading all about it.

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

My dear, classy, bloggie, friend- Don't apologize for what you don't blog about. I love the spin you put on your blog.

Remember.. perception is everything! I don't document my kids vomit, messes, and arguments with my hubby. That is boring. And my (and your life) is much fuller than THAT stuff!

I think you've got the perfect, classy attitude about life.

Oh.. and my son ate dirt and catfood..and Gawd knows what else...!!) (But never food.. ;-) I jest and he is brilliant. Your child will survive those incidents!!

WILLIAM said...

I happen to like "rant-less" blogs. I happen to like the funny stories.

I do not liek to read blogs and feel depressed. It is one of the reasons I visit here often.

Smart A$$ Mom said...

Thank goodness you came clean....I was starting to think you would never wanna be friends with someone like me! ;)

Really though, it is so refreshing to know that after reading someones entries each morning, they do spin some. Nothing is better than when people just 'keep it real'. And when you are ready to spread your gossip wings and tell all about your SAHM friends, I will be your biggest reading fan!!!

MommyTime said...

Oh, thank you! It is so good to know that, classy as you are, there really is also some chaos there. Because I was a little worried that when I posted my house cleaning poll results post, you would run away screaming and never come visit again. :) I'm kind of serious. I think we all have these insecurities. But I also think that we should all feel free to post what we want and know that our blogging friends are getting to know us whoever we are. If you want to do thinky, then do it. If you want to do kids, do that. But don't ever feel you "owe" us something. All you have to do is be you, and we'll keep coming back. :)

PS I TOTALLY know about the wanting more. We MUST talk soon.

Stephanie said...

*gasp* You're human after all!!! Seriously, give yourself a break. I have mopped or swept my floors in over 3 weeks. I keep meaning to do it and in the midst of potty training inevitably get sidetracked. My friends and I have a motto that if our house is too clean, we're not spending enough time with our kids. So enjoy their youth and worry about the "human" side of things when they're bigger and have their own life.

Jenny said...

thank you. thank you. thank you.

I always enjoy visiting your blog, but this post really grabbed me. It's so wonderful to read that you are 'real' and struggle like the rest of us! I'm a true fan now.

I, too, started my blog for family and friends when we moved away and I've found that I no longer write about the bad part of the day. I finally gave in yesterday when I was at a breaking point.

I hope it helped to write it all out and I can't wait to visit again soon!

Crystal said...

Oh yes, could it be that i love OHmommy even more now? Do I ever feel that panic when people drop by unannounced. If only my chaos was as classy as yours. Is it possible that your messes still seem under control!

OH and I am SO EXCITED that I won that classy beach towel! Email me and I will send you my address.
Thanks to Fifi for picking my name!

P said...

You know what? I think I felt that depression, too, the first two years after quitting my job when my kids were still very young, babies. That really does pass the older they get. You'll get out more when they are all in school, and you'll find "your own thing." So just hang in there. This, too, shall pass.
As far as the disorganization, my neighbors growing up had 8 kids. You can imagine their level of disorganization, but the kids were so happy over there and it was heaven to me. Now, when I talk to their mom, it's all quiet, everbody grew up, she says if she could do it over again, she wouldn't focus so much on that and just be in the moment. She says she didn't stop and think about or realize ALL the years of organization and quiet and life that she has now to live when everybody is grown.

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

You and me? Could totally be friends.

Don Mills Diva said...

Great minds do think alike - I just blogged about blogging today too. There is so much I don't share in my blog as well - I prefer to stay behind the curtin in a sense and I do worry that people will think my life is too perfect as a result. It soooo is not...

Janice said...

Good to see you are not as perfect as I had pictured, you are a little more like me then I thought. Great Pics

Beth said...

Blogging is interesting, you don't want to cross the line of writing ho-hum, this is my boring life, you want it to be creative. At the same time, we only have our home and our children as our muses.

What I love about you is that you write beautifully, write from the heart, and write to what I can relate to, yup that ho-hum lifestyle!

Kendra said...

I too hate when people come un-announced. I loved this post ~ I really enjoyed seeing that I am not the only with it not together all the time. *wink*

MamaWise said...

Although I have only been home-bound for 3 years, I feel you! This is why we must get together as often as possible this summer. I want to feel human, and I need a friend so badly who understands what I go through everyday! MWAH! XOXO

Kimmylyn said...

I still envy you.
I heart your blog and
I long to have an ounce of your talent and mothering ability.

LceeL said...

For every SAHM who laments her boring and unfulfilled life, I can name you 10 Working Moms who feel guilty that they can't be home with their kids and even more Moms who have to work and then go home to cook, clean and deal with kids. I know how hard it is to be a SAHM. My wife has been one ever since we had our first son. Has it been perfect for her? No. Does she regret anything? Yes. Could we have used the extra income? You bet your life. But my sons are good, honest, hard working young men with values and morals that came from her and the fact that she was there for them from the beginning. And in the end, that's what it's all about. Those little rugrats that fight, and scream and holller and yell and make you crazy and won't eat and trash the house quicker than you can keep it clean. And the fact that you love them more than anything.

Kupiec Baby Blog said...

So you are human after all. Just by admitting your faults makes you even more amazing in my book!

GoMommy said...

Thanks for sharing! I think we all clean our blogs up a little! Everyone has their "dirt", whether figuratively or literally. Just means you're human like the rest of us!

Kash said...

I've noticed that most of the things I chronicle on my diary and journals are 'negative.' I guess I write when I need too...to vent. However, when looking back on those experiences I always forget the bad times and only remember the good. So when I re-read my journals, I always chuckle with surprise to some of the bad things I was feeling, since I had brushed them aside. I think it is good to chronicle those stories too and healthy.

PS. and yesm we are going to begin stalking you. Hopefully this spring will be the birth of something new in your life (and not in terms of a baby) and you may begin to get out of your funk with a trip to NYC!

molsmonkey said...

hey, just wanted to let you know that i read your blog EVERY day...it makes me feel so normal! AND, even though we only live a mere 5 miles away, and I still dont have a blog, I love, love hearing your stories...and well, i know that youare still a normal, fun loving mom and friend! Call me, we can go out! (well, not for drinks...at least not YET!)29 days, but who's counting?

Jenni said...

You make the beds every day?

Just kidding. I knew you had to have your moments, but I appreciate your being open and honest!

And, yes, one of mine has tasted poop. (Could be more, but only one of whom I'm aware!)

THopgood said...

I'm doing the happy dance! She IS normal! Brings home the fact that no one is perfect. We all have the same troubles and concerns...even those that I envy for being perfect. I went through the same funk when I realized that being a SAHM was not as fulfilling as I had hoped. I LOVE that I'm a SAHM and feel blessed that this is an option for us but I also needed more. So I started running and completed a marathon. I'm not suggesting you run a marathon but setting a goal for yourself and seeing it through really helped me.

Angie said...

Keepin it real - good job. Thanks for letting us know we are normal and CAN meet the Classy Chaos standards.

The 10% - kind of works like the squeaky wheel or the weakest link of the chain, doesnt it.

I think we all can relate.

KEEP BELIEVING

Tara R. said...

ohhh.... I think I love you just that much more!

Lisa said...

The Real OHMOMMY--thanks for sharing the good, the bad and messy :)
I remember when I hit the 3 1/2 year SAHM mark, I got very stir crazy and started volunteering as a sous chef at foo-foo foodie place with these awesomely famous chef. I loved it and then I got pregnant. And then I got pregnant very quickly again. I am waiting to hit the stir crazy point again--it's totally normal :)

Beyond A Mommy said...

I love reading your blog! Too funny :)

I clicked on the ER link you have in this post and read your story about the fall and not breathing, the exact same thing (except off a couch) happened to my little girl last year. The scariest thing ever, brought tears to my eyes reading your story. Glad they both turned out to be ok!

Lisa said...

You know how you fall more in love with someone when you know that they aren't so perfect.....well that's how I feel - more in love with OHmommy & Classy Chaos, knowing that there really is some chaos amidst all of that classiness!

Jenera said...

First of all, it is abso-freakin-fabulous that you shared all of this! That 10% is what makes you and every mother real.

I think that every blogger has the 'blog' personality and their 'real world' personality. And it's just fine. We all have things we don't want to share with the world for whatever reason. Mine is that while I'd like to share things with my readers, I don't want ALL my readers to know.

Anyway, even if this was a one time thing, none of the things you shared would make any of us think any different of you.

::hugs::

LunaNik said...

My darling OhMommy...I hate hearing that you get depressed but it makes me love you all the more. I think it's a thing all of us SAHM's go thru. It's an inner demon we all battle. Hugs to you my dear. Very soon the Real World OhMommy will meet with the Real World Luna and all hell will break loose...until then...

April said...

Okay, I can't take the time to read all 74 comments, but clearly, you resonate with a lot of people, and many of us are breathing a sigh of relief that you are not perfect after all!
Whatever you choose to write about so obviously comes from the heart and this is why I love Ohmommy!
For what it's worth (and I'm sure I'm not the only one offering this, but nonetheless), you're welcome to email me and rant and rave to your heart's content!!

Memaw's memories said...

We all feel so much closer to you now, knowing you aren't perfect. We all have at least 10% and most more inperfect areas of our lives.

Truth be told, 99.9% of the population is depressed about one thing or another. Don't let it get you down.

Keep your head up, carry a diaper with you at all times, and scoop up that poop before it becomes an in between meal snack.

imbeingheldhostage said...

I'm not reading your 75 comments (I would've typed that out in shouting upper case letters, but I'm tired too), so if someone has already said this, sorry--
I puffy heart you even more now. Wow, classy and real-- I'm glad I found you and look forward to reading whatever you do choose to tell us. :-)

Eve Grey said...
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Eve Grey said...

LOVED this post & can totally relate (to the less than perfect stuff). I knew you were more interesting than having a perfect life. Hugs!

Sandy C. said...

Loved the tiny glimpse that the 10% we don't see. It's reassuring to see that I'm not the only one with a Toys R Us tornado stricken house :)

Petula Wright said...

Wonderful post (oops, I almost said poop instead of post! LOL). I stumbled over from Bradley's blog and I'm glad I did. It's good to get out the imperfection sometimes and reveal a little realism.

Your home looks great even admist the chaos and although I haven't read enough to figure out how old the kids are I'm sure spoon feeding each of them is absolutely necessary. (Uh, actually, maybe one at a time can be taken off the spoon fed list! LOL)

An-t-way, nice to meet you... hope to see you around.

Marie around the World said...

As always, the right words !
Don't worry, that's real life of reals moms. It's again a very classy way to share yours with us !

Traceytreasure said...

Wow! I love you even more now that I know that you're human. I love coming here because you are the mom that I wanted to be for my young children. You have such a loving and classy way of dealing with the good days, the bad days and the ugly days! Not all days are perfect. You are loved, Ohmommy! You are just so precious! Please don't ever change!! Hugs!

renatamic said...

love you, love your blog. you just need to be whomever you want to be - this blog is for your, use it as a journal or as therapy - whichever fits your need at that moment in time.

i think everyone gets in a funk...and after the LOOOOONG winter we've had in the midwest, it's not at all surprising. take your frustration, bottle it up and put all our energy into something for yourself. i say buy another tennis skirt and take a lesson (or 10)!! some things you need to do for yourself and that will make you better for your children.

Robin said...

Okay, we showed you the inside of our purses, if we take pictures of our kids messy rooms and unmade beds, will you feel better?

PS. I suspected you didn't ALWAYS wear stilletos.

Flea said...

Now didn't that feel good? :)

I was depressed for a long time at home. I drew it out by choosing to home school, hating that even more. I sent the children to school and enrolled in grad school part time, taking classes on line and substitute teaching occasionally - when I want to. It's wonderful. I was actually surprised at how depressed I'd been without realizing it.

You're doing a fine job. Your kitchen looks faboo. :)

jennie said...

the 10% means you are normal. it looks like all of these other mamas here agree, we all have "those" days. like right now, blogging while kids play next to me, i hope they aren't eating anything they shouldn't.

Rachel said...

Yup... MMMMMKay and yet many more reasons why we adore and read/stalk/love you.
Love your sink, and the tomatoes, The rooms are precious, and you and your honesty are why people read you and you have so many comments.
Got it? Good.
:-)
XOXO

Jewels of My Heart said...

I just found your blog and I love these pics..... it's so nice to know that I am not the only one who has toys, etc out of place.... Sometimes I feel like I am such a mess. Although I must say.... you still look good!

Wendi said...

90th!!!
Wow! Thanks for sharing some of the chaos within. I can't believe you are REAL! I am so relieved!
REAL but still AMAZING!!!

Sue said...

Love, love, love your honesty! Not every 9 month old blogger gets this many comments, so you must be doing something right! Or paying people to comment...Thanks for being so honest. I struggle with that on my blog too.Sometimes I really want to talk about something that happened during the day and I can't because I know that that person occasionally reads my blog. Ugh! Maybe I will just come over here and leave my whining in your comment section!

You are obviously a great mom and a great photographer and if you don't wear heels every day, I can live with that!

suchsimplepleasures said...

i hate to say this but, you didn't have me fooled one bit! being a mom of 5, i KNEW that there was NO WAY you weren't at least 10% nuts...like me!!
xoxo

suchsimplepleasures said...

btw...it's wednesday and i haven't washed my hair since monday either!!

CelticBuffy said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Because that's what my house looks like most of the time. The only time it's organize and decluttered is, oh say the first half hour after we've cleaned or when the kids are at their grandparents for the night. It's refreshing to know that I'm not the only one.

The Schneider's said...

I puffy heart you even more after reading this post! Thanks for sharing! You are still classy amongst all the chaos and that's what makes reading your blog so enjoyable! I love reading about the "classy" in your life but also enjoy reading about the "chaos" because that is what makes you real and someone that we can all relate to! Keep up the great work! :)

girlymom said...

I am so glad that you posted this, I feel the same way. I tend to post the funny, happy moments in my blog as well, and then I get all these comments on what a super mom I must be and how happy everyone is...nobody knows that my oldest is scared silly of bees or anything flying, will NOT go outside in the spring, will not go in the ocean, she's a pain in the a$$ ALOT, my soon to be 3 year old bugs me ALL the time, I have to remember patience daily...my house is a disaster, it's never clean, the floors are incredibly crooked, I have painted over wallpaper, I have been caulking all the gaps, holes, leakes, squeaks...nobody's life is perfect and it's great to know others have that 10% as well.
I have been depressed lately too and that is actually another reason I started my blog...because it is mine. I can say what I want, when I want, I can get a whole thought out without someone arguing, cutting me off or not listening and if I don't want to post it, I don't, but at least I can get it out and feel better. The everyday assembly line of life at home gets to me as well, the same thing over and over, year after year. I just started trying out jewelry making and so far I am really enjoying it. It's great because I can start a project, set it down to help someone and come back to it later. Hopefully you will find something that is yours and it fullfills that void. I think you have a huge gift with your blog. I would love to learn code and new layouts and a bit more versitility. I love your new look, you are a very talented writter and I think over time your blog will be huge! Look at how many fans you have already...and you just keep us coming back for more!

juliagulia said...

You are AWSOME!!! I think everyone mom feels this way. I know I do. Thanks for letting us in. I was thinking you were almost to perfect.

Anonymous said...

I have recently started reading your blog and I am also a mother of three. Thanks for keeping it real.I am glad I am not the only one who has those crazy mommy moments.
Amber

Anne said...

OMG... The Baby ate poop too! But I blogged about it. I had to tell someone. He.

http://pumproom.blogspot.com/2008/04/me-vs-cat.html

Karen C. said...

Hey there! FINALLY catching up on my blog reading. Great post. I always suspected you were real...but now I know it for sure!!

Amy said...

I spoon feed my children too. For a while I tried not to, but now I realize that it is a bonding moment for us. For the first 10 minutes of dinner we all use our own forks and feed ourselves, but for the next 20 minutes I have a happy child on my lap who I cuddle as I spoon food into her waiting mouth. It's a tradition that I will miss when they become too old to sit on my lap.

carrie said...

Thank you for sharing your normalness with all of us -- 'cause it just makes me love you more!

jewels said...

Even your messes don't look that messy! It's good to know you are human like the rest of us!

Amy said...

Oh good, you're normal, like the rest of us ;-)
Girl I think you are classy, dirty counters and all!

Purple Teacup said...

Thanks for being real. I love the fact that there was a teapot on the counter.

Cheri said...

Ohmommy, you're just like me, like all of us, except with more comments. ;-)

What a lovely share.

Amy said...

While its hard to "know" people in the blogging world and sometimes things can be lost in translation, thanks for revealing the "real" ohmommy! Its nice to meet you. =)

Sarah said...

What a great blog entry. I reckon blogging is like that - there's always stuff you hold back. I blog so that I can document my life, too. Mainly I blog so that family and friends back home know what's going on with our daughter. But knowing my parents and grandparents read my blogs definitely causes me to hold back. The other reason I hold back? Those situations when you can't think of an "angle". When you want to report on something, but you can't think of any interesting way to talk about it.

 

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