My week of being a rubbish Mum!

Do you ever have a week where you feel like a fantastic really terrible Mum?

I have been flying solo since last Wednesday and my children have been fed, washed and clean clothed. I’ve met the bare minimum requirements needed to keep them alive. However I haven’t managed nightly stories, very much quality time or home cooked, amazingly healthy meals. Here are some of the reasons why;

  • Baby girl has been very demanding this week, I don’t know if she has been missing her Daddy. Is that possible for a 5 month old? I can put her down for a couple of minutes before the crying starts and there is only so much you can do when you have a baby in one arm.
  • We had tiny visitors. If you follow me on Facebook you will have seen me post about it. I’m not ashamed to admit that both boys had them. Luckily I check their hair regularly and they only had a couple. I treated them and have since combed their hair everyday. If everyone talked about it and treated their kids I wouldn’t have to do it. Anyway rant over. What this meant for my week was nightly, long baths with baby girl usually crying whilst I’m trying to comb through a not very cooperative 4 year old’s head.
  • The long baths and a grumpy baby meant that bedtime took ages and I didn’t always get through to the boys before at least one if not both were asleep, meaning no stories.
  • I cut baby girls finger when cutting her nails. It bled, she cried, I cried more.
  • I locked us all out of the house. To make it worse I only had for some reason a packet of wipes and my wallet with me. No nappies, no phone! James was in America so it’s not like I could wait till he got home. An hour and a half later after borrowing phones, sitting in the village pub for a bit, sheltering in the village shop, a leaking nappy and a 4 year old having a toilet accident. we get back in the house!
  • I’ve been ill. I’ve managed to escape all the colds that have gone around our house the last few months. So this one has really hit me. Sore throat, sore ears, sore sinuses, a horrible cough and generally feeling poop. The 4 year old has also been ill meaning he is extra whingey and so has baby girl!
  • We have had a plumber in fixing the shower in our en-suite that has been broken for 2 months now. The joy of renting! This means that I have had dust to clean every night and someone in the house coming in and out disturbing a baby trying to sleep and making her more grumpy. (Can you see a recurring theme here)
  • Did I mention that I had a grumpy baby, grumpy 4 year old and a grumpy Me? Luckily the 7 year old was fine, most of the time.
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Proof that they are alive and happy!


I would like to say thanks to my Mum and Dad for helping out and rescuing us when locked out. Thanks to the village shop for letting me use the phone. My friends for taking Kyle to School one morning and having Finlay for me so I could pick James up. My friends for listening to me moan and generally being there for me and the girls on Twitter for responding to me and making me feel like I wasn’t alone.

James got back yesterday, I managed to eat my dinner and not only that, it was before 9pm. Hopefully next time he goes away we won’t have as many drama’s and I will cope a bit better!

The List


  1. March 27, 2015 / 11:40 am

    It doesn’t sound like you were a terrible mum this week, in fact I’d say you did a bloody good job. It’s hard enough having one child to look after on my own so I can’t even imagine how you coped with three. It doesn’t matter if you miss the bedtime stories or have waffles and nuggets for tea once in a while! 🙂 #TheList

  2. March 27, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    Oh hun, what a week! Definitely not a rubbish mummy. More like a super hero having to deal with all of that!

  3. March 27, 2015 / 2:47 pm

    Oh bless you, sounds like an awful week! But you have definitely not been a rubbish mum! You are anything but! I have no idea how I would cope if my other half was away that long and I had to deal with what you had to! Xxx

  4. March 27, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    It sounds like you have had a really rotten week, but like you said you managed to keep the kiddies fed, washed and cleanly clothed – it may seem like the basics but those things are the most important. I hope next week is a better one for you.

  5. March 27, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    How can you be ‘crap’ when your listening to the needs of your children, that my friend I salute you. There is only so much you can do and techinally while your partner is away you are in a single parent role temporary. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate understandably you feel fragile, we all do your not alone. I sure hope you get some rest because cause lets face it your f**king amazing!

  6. March 28, 2015 / 8:22 am

    It sounds like you are an amazing mum! You must be to cope with three children, all with different needs and at different development stages. Inspiring x

  7. Stacey
    March 28, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    You are definitely not a rubbish mum you just had a lot of challenges to deal with this week, but your still standing at the end of it and seemed to have coped super well. Hopefully the week ahead is a lot easier for you

  8. March 29, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    wow you really did have a bad week. would go as far as to say bad mum though. your kids probably wont remember which is a good. and its hard to go it alone if you are used to having help. I was a single parent for 5 years (one kid) and I honestly don’t think I could go back to doing all myself. I think you should reward yourself you did it. 🙂

  9. March 31, 2015 / 9:41 pm

    Solo parenting sucks! I totally feel your pain and I only have one. Bless you and it sounds to me that fate was against you and you did really well under the circumstances. Big hugs huni. Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList xx

  10. April 2, 2015 / 10:35 pm

    hey you got through it and lived to tell the tale…o you must have aced it! (even if just by the skin of your teeth!!) I hope this week has been better x


  11. Pen
    June 12, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    You are clearly supermum. Don’t be so hard on yourself. I am in awe. X

  12. June 12, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    You are clearly supermum. Don’t be so hard on yourself. I am in awe. Xx

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