[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] C[/dropcap]an we say “overwhelmed”? OVERWHELMED. I returned to work this week, and I would love to say that it has gone smoothly. It hasn’t. My desk at work is piled high with paperwork. I don’t know where to even start; there’s just too much to sort through. The chair at home is piled high with laundry; the laundry baskets are filled with laundry. The dishes never seem to get done. EB is spitting up and going through multiple outfits a day. We still can’t seem to find the right formula for her tummy. We’re getting up at all hours of the night for feedings, crying children, dogs needing to pee, and a house that is never the right temperature. The weeds and the front yard are HORRENDOUS. I’m so embarrassed that our neighbors have to live next to us. Our van has turned into a sticky, crumbly mess. I tried to take everyone off of sugar this week, and it’s been disastrous. Ryder is going through cereal withdrawal; I became mean due to a lack of chocolate. Ezra and Mark are going through the milk like it’s going out of style tomorrow. And I hate menu planning and figuring out what everyone should eat. I hear the words, “Mom, what can I have?” about 50 times a day, and it about sends me over the edge, along with the constant opening and closing of the refrigerator door. My boys don’t nap, and I NEED a nap. I also need a holiday; a long vacation away from all the to do lists and piles and messes. I need to eat chocolate ice cream, read a good book, and sleep for a week. Did I mention that a woman’s hormones don’t return to normal levels for one full year after pregnancy? Lord, help us . . . help my husband to have grace.

So that’s life at the Hayden home. We need sleep, we need a cook, a grocery shopper, a nutritionist/meal planner, and a laundress (who is not named Micah). I think we could cope if we had all of that . . . please take this post with a grain of salt as I just need to vent for two minutes and then life will be good. And for any other moms with younger kids, I’m sure you totally hear me, especially on the meal/eating/kids wanting snacks thing.

Leaving you with a completely random photo. I’ve always loved receiving mail, and checking the mail box is still one of the highlights of my day, especially when we receive cards from our family in the UK. Surprise packages of cute, baby clothes are always good too!!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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