Friday, September 07, 2007

Love Is In The Air

Just like Bartles and Jaymes (remember them?), I thank you for your support. The morning after the blow-out was calm and full of chastened family members, Mom included. Plus, Rob had made it back home in the early morning; it was easier for the kids to forget that their mother is a raving lunatic when they could hang on their dad. Actually, the children seemed to be none the worse for wear on Friday morning, which means either a) they are very resilient and have short memories or b) they are so used to me losing it by now that it hardly registers on their radar screen for more than twelve hours. Sadly, it's probably a combination of the two.
All of your comments were so, so lovely - a balm to me, honestly. I really want to be a person who can reflect on the ups and downs of motherhood with a more relaxed and humorous outlook, and I never intended for this blog to be a place where I would come to complain about the ugly underbelly of raising children. But sometimes you have to let it all hang out, I guess. When I am caught in the throes of the difficulties of child-rearing (read: when I am screaming so loud I can feel my blood pressure rising, and I know that this is the moment when I stroke out) I always think that no one else could possibly be losing their minds like this with their children. Not to this extent. So to hear all of you tell me that you have been there, well it makes me a feel a little more normal, my friends.

With all of this love floating around in Blogville, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to say thank-you to Janeen at Our Story for awarding me this:

This award has nothing to do with parenting, so I could still be safely considered as a winner. I'd like to send a great big "right back atchya" to Janeen. I've learned so much from her blog about kids with severe food allergies. I am always amazed at the things I forget about, even when I am trying to be allergy-conscious.

Now I get to pass this on to blogs that I love. I'm not sure of the "rules" for this award, but I tend to disregard the rules for awards anyway. Awards are like presents - no strings attached. These are the blogs that I look at almost every day. I've even been known leave the comfy nest of my Google Reader page and head over to the actual blog!

Muddy Bathwater
Serving the Queens
T With Honey
Et Tu? (this is a new one for me- I haven't even commented yet!- but I can't believe I haven't read it sooner)
RC Mommy
It Coulda' Been Worse

There you have it - blogs I read all the time. They aren't the only ones I love, but I had to refrain from just publishing my whole Google Reader List.

And thanks again, my friends, for all of your hugs, well-wishes, and sage advice. I've said it before, but I'll say it again - you're the best.


  1. You definitely deserve this award.

    Thanks, too, for the links. I am always looking for more good blogs to read.

  2. Ah the calm after the storm. I know it well. I always wish it would last just a little longer.

    I'm so glad to hear that Rob made it back home safe and sound. Doesn't it make a huge difference just having him there?

    And don't worry about your "complaining" here. I have read blogs where the author went on and on about how awful their "little monsters" are and how motherhood is drudgery, and how dumb their husbands are. Ugh. I have also come across some where apparently things could not be more perfect - perfect children, perfect home, perfect (plastic)life. Hmm. Needless to say I never go for a return visit!

    I come here to The Mother Load because what I find here is real.

    Every single day has ups and downs. Motherhood is more rewarding than just about anything, but it also brings us some of the toughest challenges we will ever face. I am humbled by the way you share the humor and some tears too, with all of us. I can so relate, you see?
    Okay now, did you just give me an award? Seriously? I'd flat out hug you if I could! Thanks, Aimee. That was so sweet. The first thing I'm gonna do is send it back to you. 'Cause I LOVE THIS BLOG! (I stop by every day.) Then you can give it back to me and I'll send it back to you and then......

  3. I think it is very important that we are honest about parenting, especially several children. I want other women (future moms and current moms) to know that it is okay to have bad days and to struggle with our call, as long as we acknowledge our failures and try again the next day. We are doing a disservice to everyone if we want to try and pretend it is all laughs all the time.
    I'm glad Rob came home and things got better. Kids really do give us a lot more slack than we give ourselves.

  4. I'm so glad to hear that Rob made it back home safe and sound.hope everybody is feeling better soon!!!


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