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This week, in addition to regular topics, I added some bonus topics in honor of a special friend’s book launch.
I had the privilege of meeting Jill at Blogher last year…
And she has since become one of the bloggers I keep in regular contact with. Even though she is so busy, she always finds time to shoot a quick email here and there and to provide support when I have needed it, and I am so glad that I can call her a friend, which is why I am so excited for this monumental week in her life.
Her first book, Confessions of a Scary Mommy is being released! (Tuesday, April 3rd to be exact) And Wednesday, you can see Jill on the Today’s show being interviewed. I don’t know about you, but I will be watching and celebrating with her in spirit.
Because it says what we all wish we had the guts to say out loud. It’s a book that makes you laugh,nod your head in agreement and more importantly – it makes you feel less alone when you have those days that are less than stellar as a parent. Her book is a refreshingly honest and funny take on this life we’re all living…
A fellow mom from down the street stopped by our house to introduce herself and ask how my days were going. Half joking, I responded, “The baby is a bit of an asshole, but he’ll grow out of it. We’ll survive.” The look on her face was enough to let me know not only that I had offended her, but that we would not be spending our afternoons commiserating together. She had three young kids, as well – was she not going slowly insane, too? Did she not long for an afternoon without kids wiping snot on her jeans and a baby spitting up constantly? Did she not lock herself in the bathroom, ignoring the whining on the other side of the door? Apparently not. Or she faked it a hell of a lot better than I was able to.
~Confessions of a Scary Mommy, Jill Smokler
Jill’s book is filled with the sentiment that we are all human and while we love our children, being a mother can be a challenge and it’s completely normal to have days where we mess it all up…so with that in mind, I give you in Listable Life fashion….
5 Scary Mommy Moments – My Own Confessions
At the start of each chapter, Jill provides anonymous confessions from the readers of her blog. They are heartfelt, sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes hilarious. I’m going to write a few confessions as if I had been featured at the beginning of some of her chapters….don’t judge….I love my kids I promise.
- Chapter 1 Being a Scary Mommy A few weeks ago, I picked up a friend from the airport – I was running behind, so I pushed off feeding the twins lunch and they didn’t have a nap. I offered them snacks that they didn’t want and forgot their ‘B’s so I should have figured disaster was looming. Then the epic tantrum from Maddie…. She would not. stop. screaming. And while I knew she just wanted her lunch, her ‘B’ and to have a nap, I couldn’t keep myself calm. So, in front of my newly visiting friend, I screamed at my tantrum throwing child at the top of my lungs to be quiet…I may have even told her to shut up. At which point I started to cry. It was a moment for the memory books folks.
- Chapter 17 Freedom of Speech My oldest daughter loves Lady Gaga and may or may not know a few of the words by heart. And I can neither confirm nor deny that she knows the words to “I’m Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO. No children’s CD’s in my car…No. Sir. Ree.
- Chapter 20 The Xanax Approach to Parenting . In the morning, I often leave the twins to play in their cribs an extra 30 minutes after our oldest daughter gets on the bus because I just want a cup of coffee alone. I know that I should just get up earlier, but that’s when my husband is up getting ready, so technically, it’s not “alone” time…
- Chapter 20 The Xanax Approach to Parenting (I’m seeing a trend here…) My kids do not get bathed every day. I know they should but I’m so exhausted most days that I just don’t have the energy.
- Chapter 25 The Mommy Races My oldest daughter is in Girl Scouts. Each of the parents was assigned one month for snacks. The first month, one mom brought the cutest little decorated snack boxes for each little girl. It was obvious lots of time and thought was put into them. For my month, I was pretty lucky, because we only had one meeting instead of the normal two – so I only had to make it work for one day. Friday comes, and 15 minutes past the meeting time I get a text from a good friend who’s daughter is also in the troop, “Girl Scouts?” And let’s just say, my response was a few “Damn its!” and included a neighbor shoving the contents of her pantry into a bag, effectively saving my lazy butt from looking like a loser to the rest of the troop. Epic fail. I’ve considered quitting all extracurriculars so I can stop looking like such a failure to my oldest…at least until the littles are not so little anymore. Because I blame them. I’m a winner like that…
I loved Jill’s book because it made me realize that I am doing ok. Sure, I have my “Scary Mommy” Moments. But…that’s ok. Because as Jill shares in her book,
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t show and tell my kids just how much I love them.
Jill’s book is well worth the purchase and a place on your shelf as you navigate the years of parenthood. And if you’re not a parent yet, but plan to be – then pick it up and save it for when you are having a day where you’re in the throws of tantrums, spit up and whining. It will be a saving grace, I can promise you that.
I just confessed a Scary Mommy moment with you, what’s a moment you’ve had recently?
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