Our mornings are crazy! When I say crazy I mean as soon as my guys see that it’s green light time, it’s GO GO GO!!! My big man will usually open the gate for my little man then they will come immediately into our room and jump in bed with us. It’s kind of like those endearing commercials/shows with the kids jumping onto the parents bed to wake them up in the morning and everyone is laughing and smiling and loving each other, except it’s not at all awesome like the commercials. You see in those commercials/shows the light is coming in through the shades which means it’s at least 7:30am (AT LEAST) at our house it’s still dark at 5:45AM. In those commercials/shows the parents don’t mind being pummeled by a 30lb to 60lb person. In real life it HURTS! One time I received an elbow to the breast and it popped some blood vessels! Not cute. Not Endearing. In those commercials/shows the parents are laughing and happy and ready to go. Not so for me. I am cranky when I wake up. Once the kids jump into our room they start saying, “I’m hungry it’s time TO GET UPPPPPP” and if that doesn’t get us going they start teasing each other which leads to screaming and crying. We made the spare bedroom a playroom thinking they would go in there upon waking.. Not so. My 5 year old knows how to make his own breakfast and could get something for his brother.. but no. The one time they did venture into the kitchen alone in the morning my little man found the chocolate and made himself a bowl for breakfast. Whether I get up right away or sit in bed, it is still chaos. My kids are ready to go when they get up. They chase each other around the house, they tease each other, etc. (don’t even get me started on getting ready for school) There is yelling or crying or both, just about every morning.
Before kids it was quiet and peaceful. My husband would watch sports center, I would have my coffee and take my time getting ready, and we’d have breakfast together.. We used to have breakfast together! . Now I it’s GO GO GOOOOOOOO. Half the time both of my kids are finished eating and running around before I finish making my coffee. It’s crazy. Some days I love it and some days I throw my own tantrum and try to hide under the covers..
While reflecting on all of this I thought about those commercials and shows I mentioned before and one in particular stuck out to me – The Foldgers commercial. Did you ever notice how nice the morning is on that commercial? They wake up late, the kids are happy and ready for school, eating breakfast. If that was my morning the best part would be just that, not the coffee. Coffee is the best part of my morning because it helps me adjust to the chaos. It makes my brain wake up and function so I can keep up with my cute little energizer bunnies. They should redo their commercial so it makes sense. They should have the mom or dad come downstairs to find the kids chasing each other chanting “we want Food” (and not in a cute way), craft supplies pulled out already for some reason, topped off with a baby crying. Have the mom/dad go over to the coffee pot (set to a timer with the coffee already made), fill a mug, take a sip, then the music and the song about the best part of the day while the kids and the screaming fades into the background for just a minute. Next cut to the mom/dad suddenly happy and ready to jump in and start the morning.. Now THAT would make sense!