Just one of those days

You can tell it’s going to be a long, hard day even before getting out of bed

Sometimes you can just tell it’s going to be one of “those days”.

I’ve cracked open one eye and seen the time is 4.30am.

The baby is crying down the hallway and my toddler is just starting to join in with the noise.

I know that at this time the chances of everyone going back to sleep is slim to none.

It means I’m going to be tired and they’re going to be tired, which in turn means they are going to be extremely tiring to deal with. Not a good combination.

Mystery of baby sleep

It’s one of the great mysteries of children and their behaviour to me. Why when they need more sleep than adults, are they so bloody c**p at it?

This whole “too tired to fall asleep” stuff is just so ridiculous. It makes no sense that babies aren’t born with the instinct to just close their eyes when they’re tired.

Just one of those days for a mum of a crying baby

A tired baby cries instead of just going to sleep – why?

Nope, instead we have to rock and sing and cajole them into it kicking and screaming. Not cool, Mother Nature, not cool!

Mummy guilt

Attempting to get through these kind of days without losing your s**t at least once is difficult to say the least.

For me that old classic of mum guilt hits me square between the eyes. I want to be the happy, clappy mum who blows raspberries on their tummy and sings them nursery rhymes.

Mummy guilt hits on days like this

But I just feel like the best I can offer is the occasional half-hearted nod towards what they’re doing.

“That’s wonderful darling, mummy is watching you.” *Closes eyes and hopes toddler doesn’t notice*.

The struggle

It’s a challenge mentally and physically on these days.

The fatigue hits your body and your motivation.

You’ve got the long list of stuff you need to get done, as well as catering to the children’s every demand.

But when these days hit, all I want to do is:

Get in my pyjamas.

Dive under the duvet.

Find something binge-worthy to watch on my iPad.

Stuff an entire bag of M&Ms into my mouth.

Doze for a couple of hours.

Order a pizza.

It’s strange the things you yearn for when you’ve had kids. Having a simple duvet day seems like a total luxury now, when before we just took it totally for granted!

More trouble ahead

It is a mathematical certainty that on these days where things have gotten off to a rough start and you’re sure you can’t feel any worse, something else will come along and bite you in the bum.

It could be anything from the following list of delights:

1. My toddler will find a big patch of mud in the garden, stamp around in it, then decide to run a circuit around the house taking in as much of the cream carpet as possible.

If there is a muddy puddle, your child will find it and cover themselves in filth accordingly

2. I will attempt to get the kids out for some fresh air but everyone will just cry the entire time. Then the baby will fall asleep two minutes from the house, but refuse to go back to sleep once inside the house.

3. Something will go wrong with the house. Take your pick from a leaky toilet to a patch of damp suddenly appearing or the gutters falling off the house.

4. I will empty the bin only to have the entire bag split as I’m carrying it through the house, spilling its contents and bin juice everywhere.

The best thing with days like this is to recognise them early. That way you can lower your expectations for the day completely and react accordingly.

If you’re not expecting too much then you won’t be disappointed!

Warning signs

Here are the early warning signs you are about to have one of “those days”:

1. You’ve been woken up ridiculously early and no one is going back to sleep.

2. Someone’s nappy has leaked and they have then rolled all over the bed making the clean up a right pain.

3. You have a large spot beaming like a lighthouse from your face.

4. You washed your hair last night but it already looks greasy.

5. The baby refuses to eat more than one bite of breakfast. This means she will be hungry before lunch which throws out the entire day.

6. Your toddler announces she’s bored less than two minutes after getting up.

7. The milk and bread have run out.

Sadly the duvet day is not an option when these early warning signs hit.

So just reach for the easy way out – unlimited kids TV and ice lollies – and remember it’s just one day.


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  1. September 1, 2017 / 10:17 am

    Love it! I’ve only got one, but “those days” come around quite frequently lately!

    • themummybubbleblog
      September 2, 2017 / 9:28 am

      One is definitely enough to bring on “those days” x

  2. September 1, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Ugh, everyday seems like one of those days at the minute! Grabbing 5 seconds to get anything done is bliss! And I only have one tiny overlord to contend with! Sending hugs and caffeine!

    • themummybubbleblog
      September 2, 2017 / 9:29 am

      Thank you very much. Xx

  3. September 1, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    This post really pulled at my heart strings, I feel like I can relate to every point. It really is so hard sometimes. Thanks so much for sharing such a honest post with #Blogstravaganza xx

    • themummybubbleblog
      September 2, 2017 / 9:30 am

      It’s definitely tough at times, certainly helps to have a vent on the blog! X

  4. September 1, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    Sometimes it feels like a never ending cycle of ‘one of those days’ and it will always be when you’ve got a lot to do. Sleep is the key instigator to one of those days for me, or lack of it…….. #Blogstravaganza

    • themummybubbleblog
      September 2, 2017 / 9:30 am

      So true, sleep impacts on everything x

  5. Seth.Bien.Amie
    September 3, 2017 / 8:57 am

    I can totally relate to this. It’s not cute smiles and lovely family photos all the time. There are just some days when we feel like we’re gonna lose it. So proud we get though those days (tons of times!).

    • themummybubbleblog
      September 3, 2017 / 7:21 pm

      Yes we should definitely be proud, they can be so very challenging! X

  6. popcornforlunch
    September 4, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    I LOVE this! Refreshingly honest!! And actually laughed out loud at “bin juice” – the bin bag splitting thing ALWAYS happens to me! Ugh it’s THE worst! And you’re right, it always happens when it’s been a particularly shitty day to that point already! Great advice at the end! Love it x #Blogstravaganza

    • themummybubbleblog
      September 4, 2017 / 10:52 pm

      Thank you! Yeah bin juice is the worst. These challenges always come on the same day, why???? X

  7. September 6, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    I think that the culprit behind the baby sleep mystery is that babies don’t realize the solution to being sleepy is sleep. The only solution they know of to any given problem is to cry. So the more tired they are the more they cry which makes it impossible for them to fall asleep. I remember those days well. Thankfully it’s just a phase. Thanks for joining #Blogstravaganza. Hope to see you again.

    • themummybubbleblog
      September 6, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      Yes those are good points. And yes it does end, thank goodness. Although it seems to take forever! Xx

  8. Lucy At Home
    September 13, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Favourite line – “The best thing with days like this is to recognise them early. That way you can lower your expectations for the day completely and react accordingly.” – and yes, it sounds very familiar! The bin bag splitting is suuuuch a nightmare and another personal favourite of mine is trying to leave the house and realising the toddler has hidden her shoes somewhere but can’t remember where. Aaargh! Haha.

    Anyways, on a brighter note, someone loved this post so much, they added it to the #blogcrush linky! Feel free to pop over and grab your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂 #blogcrush

  9. September 14, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    I also wonder why babies have all these instincts about feeding and such, but they won’t shut their eyes! #BlogCrush

    • themummybubbleblog
      September 15, 2017 / 9:37 pm

      Yes it’s bizarre isn’t it! X

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