It’s All One Big Hot Mess

Things have been crazy around here lately…and I’m not just talking day-to-day craziness. I’m talking *hot mess*- trying to keep my head above water – when it rains, it pours (and not in a good way) crazy. That picture above? If I had long, brown hair, a tan, and wore red lipstick? Well, that would be me. I need to get Gigi over at Kludgy Mom, the genius behind Friday Flip Offs, to change the picture to look like me. Because it depicts how I feel 99.9% of the time lately.

Now on to the craziness…Tater hit a bunch of milestones over the past week, which of course means that we stayed busy helping him work on becoming a big boy. The twins are busy learning to walk, getting teeth, eating like it’s going out of style, becoming way more active than ever, and sleeping way less than I prefer they usually do. The house is still a mess, and construction is at a standstill until who knows when.

It used to be that I could actually get chores and things done when the girls were awake as long as I remained in the same room with them. So I could vacuum, dust, do dishes, clean the kitchen, etc. as long as they could see me. Not anymore! Now, they want to be pretty much on top of me the entire time they are awake. So I spend lots of time on the floor playing and keeping them busy. And Tater of course also wants to get in on the action, so they’ve all become an extension of me. We call them my hemorrhoids.

This means that during naptime, and after the twins hit the sack for the night, I clean and try to get things accomplished. And herein lies the *hot mess* of a problem…I’m a little obsessive compulsive when I start to clean. I’ll start on one thing (like cleaning the counters in the kitchen), and the next thing you know I’m cleaning the front of all the cabinets, pulling everything out of each cabinet to vacuum inside, and before you know it, I’m rearranging where everything belongs.

And the same thing happens in every room! So while I was planning on getting lots of the construction cleaning done this week, it didn’t happen. I haven’t even made it out of the kitchen! So our *hot mess* of a house continues to be, well, a *hot mess*!

I’d like to flip off the mess. I’d also like to flip off construction, ants, and not having enough hours in the day. And I am flipping off the fever that Tater acquired out of nowhere that isn’t doing any more (thank God) than keeping me worried. While I’m at it, I’m flipping off teething, too. Because there is nothing worse than a teething baby, except two teething babies.

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And so it goes…


  1. Ah Natalie, I was certain that YOUR flips this week would be on a grand scale....what a week you've had! You may need to do a few Saturday flips to catch up!
  2. Bethany @ Organic Enchilada says:
    Your hemorrhoids! I love it.

    I spend half my time in this life wishing I were more motivated to be an excellent housekeeper. Maybe we both just need to find a happy medium. Babies grow too fast to be worried about the inside of the cabinets, and nobody likes to have no place to sit because laundry has taken over the couches.

    And what the hell with the ants!?!? I feel so bad for you!
  3. Sorry you're having such a tough time lately! I totally understand you on the house cleaning thing. I get so into perfectionist mode that it takes me forever to clean. Not very productive. Hope things calm down!
  4. Ms. Understood says:
    Awwww . . . Natalie, I'm sorry your house is in a state of confusion. Hope you can get it cleaned up.
  5. says:
    I am SO with you on the not enough hours in a day, I need more to sleep!
    hahahaha, I think I peed a little when I read the hemorrhoids part. Love it.
  6. Sorry girl. Sounds like a rough week all around. But you did a fab job with the word "hot mess". I actually just realized that I used that word once in mine too and could have linked up and didn't even think about it til now. Oops. Prob not the best example anyways.
  7. Paul and Kerry says:
    if only we didn't need sleep and the kids did. oh except my kid doesn't sleep much. and you may hate met me for saying this but they will not always be this little and clingy. I sometimes wish my kids wanted me around that much. lol hang in there sista!
  8. Megan @ Motherhood Unedited says:
    I hear ya on the teething baby. My 6 month old is teething... he is cutting 3 teeth at the same time right now! UGH! I cannot imagine having two teething babies! He is also my hemmrhoid! I have a mei tai that he goes in everywhere with me because I have to get work done.
  9. Nina @ Momma Go Round says:
    Oh man, that sounds special. I have one teething baby with all FOUR molars swollen at the same time. But I'm sure that's nothing compared to two teething babies. GOOD LUCK!
  10. Allyson & Jere says:
    Hemorhoids! HA! That is classic. Totally worth the "hot mess" to have THAT as a term.

    Sorry things have been "the suck" lately. Random fevers are the worst. Teething, never so much fun.

    I'm fascinated with this "crazy clean" you have going on. I just wish i could find such motivation. I'm obsessive about clutter, and am constanty making sure EVERYTHING is picked up and put away. But, I have a tragic ability to ignore the dust for far to long.

    Hang in their friend.
  11. Sharlene T. says:
    So sorry... just think, you will have all of this to share with the new spouses on their wedding days!... that should keep you going...

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  12. I love this side of you ... hemrrhoids, I love it. You are on a roll this week, keep it coming.
  13. LOL that's gotta be the cutest hemorrhoids ever! I feel you on not enough time of the day...Hope you'll have an easier w'end.
  14. Pumpkin and Piglet says:
    Sounds like a rough week! Completely with you on the teething - Piglet's just cut another one and it was hard on her this time, I don't envy you with two!
  15. Amy xxoo says:
    I've flipped off teething a few times this year.... i've only got one bubba to worry about though, so kudos to you!
  16. AMEN! My twins are at the same point. It. Stinks. A-freaking-MEN.
  17. NanaDiana says:
    LOL- I can soooo identify with what you wrote. I had the 3 kids under 4 (plus one older one) and I was never EVER done! And, like you...I would start to clean out the fridge and then decide to do the freezer and then spruce up the pantry and then every bit of laundry had to be folded AND put away...all done in my "off time" while the kids were napping or sleeping. Looking back, I wish I had spent more time on ME! I have relaxed a lot over the years and don't mind the messes the grandkids make at all.

    You hang in there, honey! This is the last Friday in July and we are on the wind down to summer! Hugs- Diana
  18. Funky Mama Bird says:
    Man. That is a hot mess. Gunne is on me every second of the day; I can't imagine if there were two of him. I would never get anything done.
  19. Hemorrhoids. That is classic, Natalie. I remember that phase well. And husband would wonder why I wouldn't want to "get busy" at night? if you had little turds pawing at you all day you wouldn't want to either, dude!

    I hear you on that freakish cleaning. I start one thing and end up doing 12 others. Of course none of them get finished. EVER.

    Have a great weekend!
  20. lol, still laughing about the hemorrhoid comment. Babe is more of a mole I think.
  21. I will flip off all of that stuff for you too! I hope things get back into an upswing for you soon!
  22. Teething makes me want to scream.

    And I'll bet your house is still cleaner than mine. Every once in awhile I look at the cabinets and think "Hmmmm. When was the last time I wiped those down?" I never know the answer.
  23. Wait, it's not normal to start a project and then not follow through? Oh no...I haven't' even popped my first baby out yet and I do that. I guess I have 4 more months to finish all those odds and ends before he gets here! And I feel you on the ants -- they make me crazy!
  24. Christine says:
    Teething does suck! Great flip offs!
  25. Sluiter Nation says:
    dang! I am going to go ahead and flip off that hot mess too! Boo!
  26. Craig has been known to vacuum inside the fridge. You'd be a girl after his own (girly) heart!
  27. Ugh. Sorry you've had that kind of week. Mine has been an epic suckfest as well.

    I plan on having LOTS (for me that means 2 or 3 glasses) at dinner tonight. And I'm getting a sitter so there will be no whiny children at my table. (With my luck there will probably be a screaming baby at the next table.)
  28. Aging Mommy says:
    Ah, two teething babies and a toddler with a fever - that's enough! Never mind everything else. Oh my, how do you do it all AND your cleaning?!?
  29. Good grief! {Hugs}

    "We call them my hemorrhoids." ohmigod! I laughed so loud I scared the neighbors.

    Love you!
  30. Natalie - I have a proposition for you, I'll take your "hemroids" if you come clean my kitchen :) I agree with all yout flip off's, and your venting makes it better (slightly)
  31. RoseBelle says:
    I thought my girls are a handful. They're 5 years apart and you would think it's less chaotic and stress but no! So much to do around the house and since they're 5 and 10, that means more screaming and disciplining from me.
  32. cooperl788 says:
    Natalie - I'm tired for you after reading your post! Props to you and hang in there! Maybe your hubs can man the kids so you can clean the house like you want? At this point, I've given up on housework during the week. Georgia's demanding while she's awake, and I need a break when she's asleep, so I just wait until the weekend and do a massive clean all at once. Thank God we live in a small house! Hope your weekend is relaxing and wonderful!
  33. blueviolet says:
    All that stuff definitely needs flipping off. Add my finger into it!
  34. I am right there with you! Well, except I only have ONE that needs me to play on the floor with him all the time...and the toddler that wants to get in on the fun. I can't imagine doubling all of that! My house got away from me long ago, so if you have kept yours up until just now, you are my freaking hero!
  35. Shhh, I've just given in to the mess. I'm hoping for better a shot of getting it under control when I have two in school in the fall and only the baby at home.
  36. moveovermarypoppins says:
    Re: housework: how 'bout we switch for a week? I'll get your house "clean enough," you can deep clean my kitchen drawers.

    Hang in there! It will get better.
  37. The Urban Cowboy says:
    Definitely sounds like you have a ton going on! Hemorrhoids? Freakin genius!
  38. Secret Garden says:
    Wow I thought my life was busy. Hope they leave you alone long enough to alphabetize the CD collection :) Have a great weak and try to find a few minutes to relax, sounds like you need it.
  39. MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) says:
    Hemorrhoids...hilarious! And I'm so with you on flipping off the ants. We're ant-free right now (as far as I know), but we dealt with them earlier this year. Even though it used to be one of the girls' favorite songs, I've basically written off "The Ants Go Marching One by One" from our house...too many bad memories! :)
  40. motivationmamadrama says:
    As bad as your day was, your post really inspired me to clean today then blog how you inspired me. Your obsessive compulsive cleaning habits motivated me to clean out my own clutter! Thanks!!
  41. I feel for ya on the construction. We have one son and remodeled our house when he was first born. I thought for sure we were headed for divorce court. If you make it through this and still love each other, you will make it through anything, I promise!
  42. Hemorhoids...that's hysterical and the perfect way to describe clingy babies. I wish there was something I could do to help. Here's hoping for better days ahead. :)