Monday, June 10, 2013

Overwhelmed... and Making it Look Easy

It was almost ironic that last week I was given the honor of being named one of Savvy Mom's Most Influential Canadian Bloggers.  While I was absolutely honored I definitely didn't feel that I was living up to the moniker of "Best at Making Having Kids Look Easy".

How life sometimes sounds and looks...not this month though!


The truth is that for the last few weeks I have been feeling overwhelmed, under productive (on the blog front), guilty and behind the 8 ball in all aspects of my life.  Best at making having kids look easy? It must have been smoke and mirrors my friends.

Everything began to get a bit out of control a month ago. I have never been one to sign my kids up for too many activities but suddenly we seemed to be going in a million directions.  Timing is definitely playing a part in my feeling of being over scheduled.  Many of our spring activities have not yet finished but some of our summer sports are already beginning.  Add to that school sports that started up again and I wanted to roll up into the fetal position and hide, our schedule seemed out of control.

To top things off my daughter's eardrum has perforated without any warning twice in the last 2 1/2 weeks.  So now we've added doctor's appointments, missed days at work and medication schedules to the list.  Poor little thing obviously  has an amazing threshold for pain.   I thought it was a stalling tactic at bedtime as she had just been doing cartwheels for the last hour with a friend, was fine at swimming and school.  I quickly kiboshed her complaints about having a sore ear and sent her back to bed saying we'd see how it was in the morning and call the doctor if necessary. There were no tears and she went back to bed.  The next morning she got up and it looked as though she had poured extra-pulp orange juice through her hair.  It was matted to her face.  Yup, her eardrum had perforated.  I pretty much knew right then that I was NOT winning the mom of the year award this year.

Add to my stress that the freak storm on May 28th, you know the one that closed 6 lanes of the DVP, caused a leak in our basement.  At first we thought it was just the unfinished storage area.  The advice we'd been given was to wait it out because there had never been any water before and it was such a heavy storm.  It meant a day of clearing everything out and drying the space.  We spent a full weekend of cleaning, purging, organizing and putting the things we kept back into the space, albeit away from the walls.  Crisis averted right?

That's what we thought but on that weekend we noticed a funny smell.  My husband's nose traced it to the finished part of our basement in front of our fireplace.  There was no doubt about it, the carpet was wet.  As we investigated further we realised that it was quite a large wet spot.  So, we pulled up the carpet and under-pad to get them out of the house.  The sub-floor was soaking too.  I'm scared to death of mold so I wanted that out too.  Bless him, my hubby spent a full day cutting it up and physically pulling it apart.  What he failed to consider until it was too late was that sawdust is messy.  Yup, we hadn't covered anything so I spent the better part of a full day vacuuming, dusting, washing, mopping, every surface, toy, wall, floor in the space.  This just led to more appointments, now with waterproofing specialists.  My mind is swimming.  We now have all the kids toys in our living room.  Yup, it is chaotic around here.

So, making it look easy is a true compliment but let's get real folks, being a parent is hard and sometimes life just gets in the way of the best laid plans.  I don't want to give off the illusion that it is all rosie here all the time.  I'm a mom just like you and I have my stellar moments but I also have moments I'd rather forget.  So if you're wondering why I've been MIA these past two weeks you now have a better idea.  I'm getting things back on track and let's face it, waterproofing and re-finishing our basement might just provide some great content.  Thanks for all your support!

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  1. Dropping by to say congrats on making the list! I think it's so important for moms like you, who "make it look easy" to share the nitty gritty like you did in this post. While some may be more outwardly together than others, we ALL share the same parenting struggles, and we all know very well that "easy" is not the word for it! Great post...and I hope things pick up for you!

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    1. Thank you! I really appreciate you stopping by and your kind words. They were just what the doctor ordered. xo Susannah

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  2. Hang in there Susannah, you'll make it. We sure all have ups and downs, days or periods that seem easier than others.

    To cheer you up, I'll admit that your blog is my go-to destination for non-techy inspiration. Yup, sometimes I am not on my computer or on phone, and when i try to find cool arts and crafts for the kiddies, I head straight here! You very much deserve your award :)

    Oh and this picture... beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Elise! I love that I'm your go-to source for non-tech fun. A real compliment!

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  3. I love your honesty Susannah! You are right parenting definitely has its ups and downs.

    Hang in there and hopefully everything will be back to "normal" quickly.

    Congrats on your award! I smiled when I saw your name :)

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    1. Thanks Cheryl! I appreciate the kind words.

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  4. Congrats on your award! You deserve it. You forgot to mention above that along with all that going on you also pulled together an amazing class present as the class parent. Hope your daughter is better soon and I can relate to the basement issue because ours flooded too but we are still working through the mess!

    MaryAnn

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    1. I sympathize with your mess, water is so destructive. Thank you for your kind words MaryAnn. I appreciate the support and congratulations.

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  5. Susannah,

    So exciting to see you here as a top blogger! This is Greer's mom from synchro last year. I must tell you this post gives me hope! I certainly feel like there are too many things going on at once right now, but I'm optimistic that things are starting to slow down... Have a great summer and I hope the basement challenges aren't too bad.

    Karen

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    1. Hi Karen. I'm glad to hear someone else who can relate. I hope you and your family have a great summer! Thanks for dropping by.

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