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Cleveland: 1; Lamemom: 0

Posted by on August 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

So Cleveland beat me today, on my first day as an Ohioan. We arrived yesterday afternoon so today was the maiden voyage.

In brief:  I made all three children cry, multiple times, and I joined them in tears by 3:3o. I most certainly convinced all the neighbors that I am a fishwife, if they heard me screaming. (And believe me, with one elderly exception, it would be difficult to not hear me screaming.) I ate half a plate of cookies (brought over by a neighbor with her three adorable kids whom she probably didn’t make cry today) and I ate a whole box of buckeyes that I found in the fridge (sounds like a joke but it’s not – they’re chocolate covered peanut butter balls) that another neighbor brought over. (Yes, the women of Rocky River want to keep me post-partum fat, which is why they all bring me treats my kids don’t like.) Oh, and since I’m full of self-pitying misery:  my new, beautiful kitchen stools don’t really match my kitchen; my son’s hands are always in his pants; I can’t find a Spanish speaking babysitter, and my too-young-for-a-midlife-crisis husband just bought a muscle car.

Now as I sit in my kitchen with the whole house asleep,  I’m sure tomorrow will be a better day, if only because the buckeyes are gone. But also because last week I got another dose of get-your-head-out-of-your-ass perspective as I spent four days in the hospital with 5-week old Rainbow, who is now just fine. You see, some times it’s just so easy to only see the trees (in my case:  boxes to be unpacked or friends that I don’t have here) instead of the forest (in my case: I lead a pretty charmed life). Where was this clarity all day?

So tomorrow I will rise above. I might not floss but I will eat a carrot before finishing off the welcome cookies. I’ll try to pause before screaming at my kids. I’ll keep plugging away at unpacking. And maybe tomorrow I can beat Cleveland. I’d even be okay with a tie.


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  • On August 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm Jen {at} take2mommy said

    WOW! So much has happened since I last read your blog in June. Congratulations on the birth of your child! I can not believe that you moved half-way across the country with a newborn baby. And other kids. How in the world…?

    And, your other children – will they be starting school in a couple of weeks?


    Don’t kill yourself with the stress and unpacking and everything else. Take your time and put your health & happiness first.

    Also? Buckeyes sound awesome.

    Best of luck with everything! Keep on blogging too. As they say it’s cheaper than therapy.



    • On August 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm jill said

      Jen, it has been a whirlwind two months. Big kids start school VERY early — one next week and the other the following. Phew! Thanks for the good advice!


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