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'Twas the Night Before Christmas for Overwhelmed Mommas

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Overwhelmed would be an understatement when describing how I felt many days when raising my three kids as a stay-at-home-mom. Here's my remake of this Christmas classic that captures a day in the life of my raising littles days:

“Twas the night before tomorrow and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even my spouse.
Dirty dishes were stacked in the sink with great care,
In hopes that St. Clean-For-Us soon would appear.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of dirty laundry danced in my head.
And hubs was in slumber and I on the Pinterest app
Was dutifully searching for ways to clean all the crap

When down through the hall there arose such a clatter,
I put down my iPad to see what was the matter
Away to the kid’s room, I flew like a flash
But tripped over some toys and fell on my ash

The thought bubble derived from my new fallen heap
Can't even be written because of the bleepity bleep
Then, suddenly to my wondering eyes did emerge,
my three little children with an inquisitive urge

"Mommy, mommy, we can't even sleep
because everything smells like dirty old sheep"
With an intuition still lively and emotions still hyper
I knew in a moment it was those dang dirty diapers

Quicker than moves in a slap-jack game I smiled,
and whispered, and called them by name!
"Now Johnny! Now, Kyle! Now, Kahrin!" I said,
"To your rooms you will go! To the top of your beds!"

They spoke not a word but followed my command
And I made my way over to the stench at hand
As I reflected on diapers and dishes and clutter
My love for my kids made my heart all aflutter”

Aside from using a satirical soliloquy (I know you want to say those two words six-times-fast) to make light of our never-ending duties, the truth is, although the demands of mom life create a breeding ground for chronic exhaustion, the rewards and blessings are an eternal cure.

Merry Christmas, Mommas...

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