This Is Why I Stay Home For a Living


June 10, 2009 by Marj Hatzell

4am waking.

Wet pants.

Which translates to wet bed.

Which translates to flipping on lights, stripping the bed and child, making it as quickly as possible, getting said child back into bed and then praying he falls asleep.

When that doesn’t happen, Thomas goes on.  He mumbles to himself. He finally dozes off around five.

Then I hear the bird chirp.

Next thing I know it’s six.


Time to get up.  Except I wasn’t asleep.

Phone rings eight times before nine o’clock.

House looks like it was ransacked.  It kinda was. My kids (read: husband) can’t find anything, so they tear it apart to find what they want.

I pick up a few things.  Then a few more things. Then I go through every room and pick things up.  And make beds. And do dishes.  And…

The shoulder, it burns.

The neck, it throbs.  Made an appointment for the chiro later.

Hello, Skelaxin! Hello, naptime.

It isn’t even noon.

3 thoughts on “This Is Why I Stay Home For a Living

  1. lora says:

    I don’t know how you do it. I go to work to avoid the madness!
    You are more than welcome to hide at my house any time you’d like.

  2. Oh man. Sounds like a difficult night. Hang in there!

  3. Gwen Jackson says:

    And that is why I don’t stay home for a living. It’s damn hard work being with your child 24 hours a day. I give you a lot of credit. Now I have dealt with those early morning wet sheets, trying to get her back to bed, hearing the birds chirp and just knowing my day was already starting and that I was not ready for it.

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