Tuesday, 2 April 2013

For the Longest Time

It's hard to feel inspired as a parent when it's 3AM in the morning and your child just won't go to sleep.  It's especially frustrating when the reason why your child(ren)* is awake and screaming is because your cat pounced on your foot as if it was filled with cat nip, you screamed, thus causing the chain reaction of awake Molly, followed by awake Jack, followed by two hours of Chris and I tossing and turning and afraid to move our feet.

After a great chat with a friend of mine on the perils of parenthood,  I thought of some of the most wonderful quotes on parenthood I know.  I hope that you find these inspiring or at least to make you laugh or sigh when all you want to do is cry.

Molly & Jack 6 Weeks Old - Post Bath

On Tough Times

"The days are long, but the years are short." Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project.

On Doing the Right Thing

"When the Crystal Meth is offered, May she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer." Tina Fey, Bossypants.

On Early Days of Parenthood

“She was an alien, really - a sort of eating, pooping, tantrum machine - and he didn't understand anything about her species.”  Christopher Moore (one of my favourite authors)

“Being a parent is dirty and scary and beautiful and hard and miraculous and exhausting and thankless and joyful and frustrating all at once. It’s everything. (Confessions of a Scary Mommy, Gallery Books 2012).”

On Frustrations

“If John Lennon was right that life is what happens when you're making other plans, parenthood is what happens when everything is flipped over and spilling everywhere and you can't find a towel or a sponge or your "inside" voice.” Kelly Corrigan, Lift

“Mothers are all slightly insane.”  J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

"Somebody stomp on him before he spreads." My grandmother Alice (about my brother).

"Remember, the more horrifying the experience, the better the story." Fellow twin mom of grown twin boys.

On Twins

“No, no sleep. You’re just always tired. I don’t understand how people cheat once they have kids. I don’t have enough energy to fool around. I told my wife: You ever catch me in another woman’s bed, I’m just there to take a nap.” Wanda Sykes.

"Having twins gives you the permission to be the parent you want to be, not the one you think you should be." Someone to me in the early haze of babydom.

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*I often forget that babies don't come in pairs like shoes for most people.


  1. I dunno, sounds like this is the fault of the person who screamed...

  2. Take the cat's side....silent screams only work in space.