The First 15 Minutes of Daily Motherhood

Some days of motherhood begin with a less than ideal amount of sleep. Really, the early years of motherhood are riddled with sleep deprivation, and I’m sure it continues for different reasons as the years fly by. But some mornings feel better than others. This morning, I was tired and it took me the whole first 15 minutes to find my mom powers and charge my battery for the day.

Here are the first 15 minutes of pretty much every morning.

Wake up to a head butt and a nose picking by the 11 1/2 month old as he searches frantically for a boob.

Check to make sure all your teeth are still in tact, and hope he doesn’t find any boogers up your nose.

Laugh, play, snuggle and get kisses.

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Get puked on, and thank God it missed your mouth (this time).

Clean your neck and shirt off.

Wrestle him like a wild koala for a few minutes hoping he’ll go back to sleep.

Give up. The twins are awake anyway.

Rub the sleep from your eyes, do a couple energizing breaths, pee with the youngest one on your lap so he doesn’t walk tumble down the stairs and go get the twins.

The next 3 minutes sound like this:

“Mom, I’m awake!!!
I’ve got a BIG poopy!
I need to poop on the potty.
Change my diaper please.
Where’s my ball?
Get it please!!
Connor’s not awake yet…. (Connor pops up from under the blanket. A celebration ensues).
He’s AWAKE!!!!”

(Connor cries) “Mom hold me.”

Ethan: “Mom hold me too!!!”

Luke reaches arms up and smiles.

Mom explains she only has 2 arms and that isn’t enough for 3 babies. Someone must suffer the plight of using his own legs.

Try to pick them all up anyway. No…it’s impossible. You may be super mom, but even super mom only has 2 arms.

Select the baby and whiniest twin and scoop them up as the winners of the “mom carry me” challenge.

All 3 begin the demands as you meet each one and work your way through the diaper assembly…

And the next 3 minutes sound like this:

“I wanna watch Peppa.
I wanna watch paw patrol.
I need some milky.
Mom I’ve got a big poopy.
I need a new diaper.
I wanna poop on the potty.
(Mom tries to get coffee) Mom, where are you going!??
I’m coming with you.
I wanna play outside.
I wanna watch something else.
(Mom fixes her hair into a fast pony tail) Mom your hair looks like Mickey Mouse.
I don’t wanna watch Mickey Mouse.
I want some cereal.
I need some new pants…I’ve got a biiiiig pee pee.
I need some more milky.
(After a reminder of the magic word) Pleeeeeaaaasssse!!?
MOM!!! Baby’s trying to eat my shoes!! NO BABY!
I need some different shoes on!
MOM!!! Baby’s eating the dog food!!
MOM, Baby’s grabbing my cereal!
Uh oh!!! I spilled my cereal! (Cries…comfort…clean)
Mom, come with me to get my other shoes.
I wanna go outside.
I need my jacket, it’s cold.
Mom, help me!!!!
Is it raining? I’m scared of the thunder.”
(Show the child outside, assure him there’s no rain or thunder, and even if there was, it’d be ok.)

Start the shoe parade.

Lose the will to live for a brief moment.

“I love you mom!”

Regain the will to live.

“I love you too bud!!!”

“LET’S GO PLAY!!!”

Get everyone dressed and ready to venture outdoors.

Fix all the super men’s capes.

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Try to locate yours because you’re feeling a little less super power filled than necessary.

Where’s the coffee!?

Fish the baby out of the laundry room where his brother closed him in.

Gather everyone and herd out the door.

Breathe in the day as you watch them run and play freely.

Smile and say a prayer of gratitude for this life!

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On those worn out mornings, it can sometimes take a few extra minutes to find the excitement for the day. But it inevitably comes because no matter how little sleep you’ve gotten, love and gratitude for our babies wins out every time.

What do the first 15 minutes of your day look like?

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21 thoughts on “The First 15 Minutes of Daily Motherhood

  1. Haha- eerily similar, minus one boy. Although I’ve almost gotten my two year old trained to let me at least drink a few sips of coffee so I can wake up. He peeks in my cup and I say “not yet!… I need to drink a little more coffee!” Then the breakfast orders and baby chasing begins! Oh the joys 🙂

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    • Haha Becky! Good for you teaching him you need some coffee first. They need to understand mommy has needs too! Haha ☺ were working on understanding mommy can only do one thing at a time (usually) and so they have to wait. Now they’ll say, “Oh…yeah! Gotta wait!” haha it is a bunch of joy huh!!? 😉

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  2. Such lovely pictures!

    I’m still at the stage where I have no idea what those first fifteen minutes will look like. If my baby’s still asleep, I’ll either get together all the day’s necessities or blog as my attention span allows. If the baby’s awake, I’ll usually feed him and play with him for a few minutes. In neither scenario am I fully awake, especially nights like last night where one or the other kid awakened me hourly. (Bleh!)

    Still, it is a good life full of sweetness.

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    • Aww I agree completely. And yes, I’m with you! There’s never a time I’m awake before at least my youngest. Occasionally it’s just us for a little while and I attempt to accomplish some things then, but usually he’s enough to thwart all progress haha. And yes, it’s a while before in fully awake too! But it’s all amazing, even the not so amazing stuff!

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    • That they do! Its usually like a symphony of requests, cries, spills, snuggles and demands all at once. It can be overwhelming when you’re still rubbing the sleep from your eyes after a 5 hour night, but no matter what, I find gratitude and beauty in between the moments of struggle and bad moods haha

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  3. Haha this is hilarious! The pictures are gems. Really. I feel like the first 15 minutes of my day consist of trying to convince myself that I should actually get out of bed. Then running to the bathroom by MYSELF if I have time, while listening to my boy mumble and yell for me or my husband. Then as soon as we pick him up: snuggles and searching for balls! haha life is crazy! It was fun to ponder on the haziness of those first 15 minutes! 🙂

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      • Haha it is crazy AND beautiful! I totally laughed when you wrote about going to the bathroom with your boy on your lap… Story of my LIFE! Just recently I started trying to do it less often. Us mommas have a lot of fun experiences in life! 🙂

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        • Haha I NEVER go to the bathroom alone. NEVER! Lol! Someone is either in my lap, eating the bottom of the bowl, standing at my feet, watching, asking questions, unfolding all the toilet paper, etc. Super cool! 😃 we are blessed with lots of fun experiences as moms haha

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  4. Love it Rachael! Motherhood has certainly changed the first 15 minutes of my day! Every morning is a little different it seems. As crazy as the mornings can be, my little boy sure is worth it! I love the pictures and the smiles — 3 very precious little boys! 🙂

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  5. I just discovered your blog and have only read a couple of posts so far but it’s as if you’ve taken a page out of my book! I too have three boys (5, 2, and 11 months). Our life situations are different but the same. It feels so unbelievably comforting to know another mama is going through what you’re going through and feeling the same feelings. I love your honesty and have so much respect for you as a mama. Xoxo

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