Monday, January 24, 2011

Mommy Confessions & a Giveaway!

So.... when I said we would do a giveaway on Monday... I didn't say it would be FIRST THING on Monday, right?  So it's OK that it has taken me until about 10 PM to get on this, right?  OK, good.  Glad we're all on the same page.  I'll come back to the giveaway in a minute.

First, I need to get a few things off my chest.  In today's Supermom culture, it can be a bit intimidating to let our imperfections be known to each other.  But I have let it build up all I can--I need to confess!  Here are a few less than perfect things you may or may not have suspected about me.

I confess that...
  • I sometimes use PBS Kids as a babysitter.  (Um, I mean while I get housework done.  Not while I actually leave the house.  I'm confessing to things that are embarrassing here, not dangerous.)
  • I've been known to use little white lies to get my kids to eat vegetables... like, "WHOA!  When you took that bite of broccoli, your left bicep GOT BIGGER!  Quick, take another bite so that your right one catches up!"
  • I often drive Lamb to school wearing my PJs.  (I mean, I'm wearing my PJs.  Lamb is fully dressed.)
  • Often, those PJs are a pair of sweats that I bought from Target in 2005, which now contain several more holes than they did when I purchased them.  Including one smack dab on my rear end.  (Aren't you thankful I don't walk her to the door?)
  • I once got frustrated when I was reading a book and Lamb kept interrupting me.  I finally looked at her and sternly said, "Would you please just STOP and give me a few minutes to read????"  She asked what my book was about, and I angrily responded, "IT'S ABOUT HOW I CAN BE A BETTER MOMMY!"  (And I wasn't kidding.)  And yes, I did pick up on the irony right away.
Now, don't leave me all alone out here with my confessions hanging there awkwardly as you all stare and say, "Wow, I thought she was a better mom than that."  (Which, of course, I AM, now that I have read my book and all...)  I want to hear your mommy confessions.  What do you need to share with the world?  It'll feel better to get it off your chest, I promise.

And as an added incentive... Yes, friends, this is where the giveaway comes in!  Welcome to our first ever sponsored giveaway!!!  Thanks to Melissa at The Hair Pretties Mom, we have a great prize that will go to one of this post's lucky commenters.  Melissa makes gorgeous bows of all shapes & sizes (and Lamb has her own mini-collection of Melissa's handiwork), but today she is sharing with us one of her other unique & beautiful creations: a designer baby wipes case!  Check out some of the awesome options...




Aren't they fabulous?  Some are fun, some are cute, some are trendy--and they are all great!  :-)  I tell you, your diaper bag isn't complete without one.  And really, I have determined over the past 5 or so years that wipes are a very useful tool to have around even when you don't have a baby with you.  These cases would be the perfect way to carry wipes in your purse, even if your baby days are done!

So what do you have to do to get a case of your very own?  CONFESS!  Tell me your mommy confessions, and you'll be entered to win one of Melissa's designer wipes cases.  The winner can choose from one of Melissa's premade designs or get a custom-made case!  Just think of the possibilities!

Here are the rules: You may enter as many times as you like.  1 entry per confession.  (Please put each confession in a separate post.)  The contest will end at 11:59 PM on Thursday, and random.org will select a winner to be announced on Friday.  Your confessions can be sad, serious, crazy, creative... let's hear it!  (And to be honest, my confessions were originally going to be slightly more serious in nature, but I've had an exhausting day and I'm feeling a little loopy.  So what you get is what you got!)

So... confess away!  And good luck!

19 comments:

Scott and Deb said...

I have so many confessions, I may have to come back later to post more. Seeing your PBS confession made me think of a recent one, though. I needed to shovel part of the driveway before it got dark. I put on "Curious George" for my 2.5yo, put the 4-month-old on the play mat next to him, and told him to come to the door and get me if she started to cry. I could partly see them through the bay window, but not exactly a "mommy-of-the-year" move.

Angie Bischoff said...

I use signing times as a babysitter everyday to get a shower. I keep saying I'm going to have to sit down and watch the videos with him or I'm not going to know what he's saying if he signs something. :)

Jennifer Godale said...

Avery HATES baths (and showers). HATES them. At 12 months old we are mostly still just sponge bathing. She really needs to have her hair washed with a good dunking, but I have been avoiding it for days (yes you read that correctly.) I am hoping that my mom will tackle it today when she babysits. Did I mention that HATES = screaming bloody murder long after the bath is over???

debbie said...

My son told me recently that the best dinner i EVER was the day we had ice cream for dinner... I suppose we have done that once or twice. lol

Meghan said...

Carter used to love to pretend to drive. Sometimes when we got home from work/ sitter's, I'd take the keys out of the ignition, move over to the passenger seat, and let Carter pretend to drive while I looked at a magazine that came in the mail or took a five minute nap.

Suttle said...

On days I'm not feeling well I'll put a line of sandwiches, fruit, drinks and snacks on the counter so I don't have to get up to help.

Suttle said...

I'm not a germaphobe which all my friends are - I don't use purel, I let my kid eat off the floor or ground as long as it's not muddy and I don't bathe him every day. I just really don't see the point and in my defense my child is very healthy and has never been to the dr. other than his well checks.

Suttle said...

I know I already sound like a horrible mom, but I am having another soon and I really want the wipe case even though I never buy wipes I do make them! I let my 4 year old play a wii game 2 days straight and he played long enough to beat the game - HOURS! I am now trying to set up some rules on the amount of time he plays, but I still feel guilty about that one.

erin said...

Okay, I know you said one confession per comment, but I'm okay with only entering the contest once, so here we go.

~I also use PBS Kids as a babysitter to get things done. I feel guilty that Levi (at 20 months) knows and frequently requests "WHY!" (SuperWhy), but a 1/2 hour here and there won't hurt him. At least this is what I tell myself.

~Many days I don't shower or brush my teeth till naptime so I can take an uninterrupted amount of time for me. Selfish, maybe. Necessary? Most days, oh yes.

~I will also put Levi (and sometimes Seth) down early for a nap or bed even if he's not being bad or tired simply because I am ready for it to be nap or bed time. I've never done this more than 30 minutes before either, though, so maybe that's not so bad? ;)

Love you! (hole-y pjs and all)

Erin

Scott and Deb said...

A couple more -
- I rarely shower on consecutive days.

- When Micah doesn't eat a good dinner (which is often b/c he's picky), I usually put a snack by his bed after he goes to sleep. That way when he wakes up hungry, he'll eat his snack and go back to sleep instead of waking me.

Cathy said...

On nights that I am really tired I will tell my kids it is time for bed 1/2 hour before it is their bed time. Yes I did that last night. Don't know what I will do when they can start telling time.

Katy said...

Cathy... change the clocks! ;-)

Megan said...

Oh, my dear friend, you know I have more confessions than I have time to type...here are a few:
-PBS not only babysit my kids, it has taught Matthew all his letter sounds. Between Word World and Super Why, he knows them all, and not because his mother has a Master's degree in reading and literacy ;)
-I love Wednesdays so much...because it's grilled cheese day at Hannahs school and I don't have to pack a lunch!
-There are times when Zach just has to fuss for an extra minute while I round up a drink/snack/the phone/my ipod before I settle in to nurse him.
-Andrew can't pass the golden arches without yelling "chee-burger!!" He's been able to eat a whole McDouble for almost a year. We try not to stop too often, but I guess it's often enough that his 2-year-old self knows what's there and asks for it!

Chandra said...

Sometimes, ok all the time when I cannot find something to wipe my daughters nose on, I use her sleeve or other article of clothing she is wearing. Grossest mom of the year award right here!

Meghan said...

about my car one - pretty sure I used to leave the keys in the ignition - remember the turn signals and radio going. But a two year old couldn't possibly but it in drive . . .

Steph said...

Ok I wasn't going to do this but I was reading the posts and so I had to confess.
1. I would put the girls to bed an hour early when Dan would have soccer games (2 or 3 times a week). So I could have time to myself to read or watch TV, no usually watch TV or talk on the phone. I never changed the clock they just learned not to argue with me. Laura is in 3rd grade so she has been reading the clock for years. It has been hard to do this year because Laura has swim team on 1 of the soccer nights. :-(

Lynn B said...

I feel like a horrible mommy sometimes because I give up precious time with the kiddos to do grad school work and go to work everyday. I know that I'm bettering myself and helping my family, but I can't help but think that I'm missing out.

Lynn B said...

My dd knows all the words to Kesha and Lady Gaga songs. She's three. But then again, I loved Madonna and I turned out ok.... :)

Lynn B said...

I stare at my 3 month old and hold him in my arms so that my dh thinks that I'm still nursing him, just so I can sit still and hold him for a few minutes more. I never want to lose those moments since he will be our last child.
P.S. I love you holes and all!