Sep 18, 2012

How to Get Gray Hair in 30 Days

Being a mom is tough. Really tough. It's almost like I'm a 90-year old driving: I know I can do it, I've done it before, but it's not MY fault everyone else around me acts like a bunch of crazies. I've got 4 little boys. My oldest just started Kindergarten. Yes, I know. Maybe it's ME who's the crazy one. Anyway, things get pretty loud at my house. I'm talking about firecrackers-on-the- 4th-of-July- that-cause-you-to-stuff-anything-you-can-find-into-your-ears kind of loud. And that's just me.

Moms, I've decided, should grow an extra pair of arms with their pregnant belly. That way, there's arms to hold the baby, and the extra set to get things done. Moms of children who are 2-years old should be able to split themselves apart into 4 separate people. That way, one can run into the bathroom to turn off the sink for the tenth time, the other can chase down the child and change his toxic diaper while the third one picks up the perma
nent markers that just got opened and thrown all over the floor, all while the fourth one can actually get dinner made on time.
As if life weren't crazy enough with whining, arguing, crying, kids taking toys from each other, picking up messes every five minutes, nursing the baby, feeding baby solids, putting the baby down for his naps every three hours, I'm expected to actually stay sane while doing the laundry, washing the dishes, getting my child to and from school on time, and somehow manage to squeeze in a shower or two (if I'm lucky) that week. With my husband gone all day at school, and all night at work, I can't help but wonder if I actually am married or not. I typically get to see him maybe an hour or two every day. On a good day. The problem with his schedule is that his work schedules him two days off a week...and it changes every week. He never gets two days off in a row, and they are never on the weekends. So even when he IS home from work, he's either doing homework, or he's collapsing into bed at 8:30 at night from severe lack of sleep. Our private time together usually involves, "Go shut the kids up so I can take a nap," while I practically drag him out of bed and collapse on top of the covers for an hour.

There should be a rule that if you're a mom, you automatically get ten uninterrupted hours of sleep. Every night. How else are we to survive? Okay, I'll compromise. Moms should be fully functional on 5 hours of sleep, and not get tired. Ever. Instead of sending moms home from the hospital with a brand new diaper bag with their newborn, we should be sent home with a year's worth of freezer dinners. When you buy a minivan, car dealerships should offer an entire year's worth of groceries delivered to your home for free. If you've got a van, it's obvious that you've got too many kids to actually get any shopping done. Minivan buyers also should be given complementary hair dye, as well, because with that many kids, it's obvious that we've gone prematurely gray.


  1. Your words are so so so true!! Also forgive me if my typing isn't perfect, i'm typing while holding child #2 with a huge goose egg on her head from th "game" she was playing with child #1, and i've only got 1 hand to type with! you're not alone, AT ALL!! p.s. i agree with your choices of gifts... that would be way more useful!

  2. So, I wonder what's my excuse? I get plenty of sleep, drive a compact car, and only have to do laundry for one, yet the grays keep coming. :(

  3. Oh boy, Lyss...I am sorry! But I couldn't help but chuckle...because just moments before, Jarod got his own gash/goose egg from grabbing a can off the counter and having it fall on him. Trena, oh man, I can't believe how MANY I have. After losing a bunch of hair postpartum, a bunch of it came in gray. I may have a full head of gray in about 3 months if I keep at it! :)

  4. Kimby, you are so dang HILARIOUS!!!!!

    1. haha! Thanks, Jen. Maybe it's more crazy than funny... :)