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February 1, 2011

My Own Personal Groundhog Day

I think about Bill Murray and Sonny and Cher every single day. Doesn’t every mom of small children?



In so many ways, every day is painfully the same.

And while the incessant changing of diapers and scrambling of eggs…the countless trips up and down the stairs…the constant loop of kiddy songs doesn’t bother me 98.75% of the time, the unloading of the dishwasher ev.ery.sin.gle.morn.ing. often makes me want to bang my head on the counter. (Of course if I did that, I’d just have to clean up the mess, and then continue about my routine as if nothing happened, so I refrain.)

Yes, it’s easy to get caught in the monotony that is life, especially when you’ve worked so hard to get that life on a predictable schedule. And forget spontaneity! You move heaven and earth to keep from interrupting said schedule.

Although Monday does seem an awful lot like Thursday, which bears a striking resemblance to Saturday, every day holds so many new things, if we only look for them…

...new words and phrases and songs, and ever-evolving pronunciation…

…new knowledge and skills…

…new games of pretend…

…and just yesterday, for example, becoming proficient enough with a fork that Mommy let the girls eat lasagna in “good” shirts!

And there are plenty of things that I never tire of…

…seeing my baby girls’ precious faces the first thing every morning, their sweet smiles and their silly bed-head hair…

…baby laughter…

…seeing my girls enjoying each other…

…hugs and cuddles and snuggles…

...seeing my girls delight at the sight of a new book, or a favorite toy they haven’t seen in a while…

...hearing “Love you, Mommy!

I guess some parts of Groundhog Day aren’t so bad, afterall.

10 comments:

Mandy said...

And what is so delightful about this groundhog day is no shadow!! Spring here I come!!

Sonora said...

Oh my gosh, you are so right. You hit it right on the head. I had never thought of the correlation between being an at home mom and the movie groundhog day, but there are some startling similarities. Being a SAHM is harder than people think. You are so right about the wonderful parts of it though. It makes the monotony soooo worth it!

Rebecca said...

Sweet! I remember a friend of mine telling me that after you have kids (and stay home), you lose the feeling of the "weekend." It's just like any other day...thank God I have Husband at home with me though...that does make it a little better...or a little worse...depends on the day!

Jeremi said...

oh i so agree!! great post : )

Mandy said...

Oh I feel ya!! The days all seem to flow together and I never know which end is up. But yes, EVERY day there are new developments and changes. Bittersweet. Love your blog!

Barbara Manatee said...

awww! what a sweet post! I feel like my life is often Groundhog-ish too with our daily get up and go routine for work/daycare and our evenings go WAY too fast. I love the unexpected days off (like today and tomorrow thanks to the SNOW!) where we can slow down, do something different (like make homemade play doh and play in the snow) and not worry about any schedule or plan.

I'm trying to figure out something fun/different to do tomorrow. hmmm....??

Holly Ann said...

...hearing “Love you, Mommy!” -enough said
That one gets me every time. :)

Andrea said...

I haven't seen this movie in years, but just yesterday I was flipping channels and still it! Then I read this....too funny! I agree it is all worth it! Take care, Andrea

Momma Chantal said...

I know exactly what you mean! I can get stuck in the rage of the routine, and feeling like I am cleaning the same thing over and over again. I feel like I clean the kitchen 10 times a day (which is pretty close to how often I actually do clean it). I have to stop and make sure that I take notice of the little things that make the day great. I need to stop and smell the flowers a bit. :) Thanks for the reminder!

reanbean said...

I always tell people, "Every day is much the same, but also oh so different." We're finally at a point where different activities distinguish the days a bit for us, and weekend days don't look so much like weekdays anymore. But yeah, it is like Groundhog Day much of the time. :o)