Alarm goes off at half past six

You hit snooze to get your fix

Of the sleep you lost the night before

As you frantically searched for a costume and more


Because your child has yet another theme day

At least the 12th time this year, you must say

Pinterest mom, you most definitely are not

It isn’t a stance you take, but the time you don’t allot


So instead you pull together a thing or two

And hope you have the theme down, too

It’s science day and they need a lab coat

Your husband’s button down with a marker you wrote


Your child’s name and drew some lines

And convince yourself he will look just fine

And then arrive and look at the others

With their wild hair, beakers, and accessories, oh bother


No time to look because you are already late

Shove your kid in there before they shut the gate

Wave goodbye and blow a kiss

As you notice his wild hair is amiss


Barely a minute to think as you are off to the next thing

The groceries, the laundry, any bells does this ring?

You rush through the day, no time for lunch

You must have forgotten something; it’s just a hunch


Back to school for pick up, arrive at 3:03

You’re late but think, at least he is four and has to wait for me

The other moms glance sideways as they leave for the day

With a look that says, “Poor Mama” and they walk away


But here is the thing, no matter what they think

This childhood will be over in a blink

Even if you feel frazzled that you “can’t do it all”

You are there for your kids, whether big or small


Stand proud Hot Mess Mom, you are doing your thing

Molding, shaping, and loving on your offspring

Late, forgetful, scattered, and trying to get it all done, but how

Don’t ever forget, you will never be as loved as you are right now.


Written by the Ultimate Hot Mess Mom

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Christy is the co-founder of Military Moms Blog. Originally from St. Louis, Christy moved to San Antonio, Texas, for college. She ended up meeting her Air Force husband there and has been on the move ever since. She has mostly lived in the Central Time Zone but also in Italy and England, and she currently calls the Mississippi Gulf Coast home. Christy has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, specializing in pediatrics, and although she teaches as an adjunct professor, most of her mad behavioral skills are used on her three small children. Christy loves to be active and spends her time running, swimming, and playing with her kids. She is an amateur DIY’er and will attempt any and all projects. She likes to stay up late and get up early, so you may find her running before the sun comes up, Internet shopping at midnight, and enjoying iced coffee in between!


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