Random Ish

I took my annual leave off work a couple of weeks ago. I sooooo looked forward to those 15 days of pure bliss. I made plans. I was going to just lounge and lounge and lounge. Travelling was out of the question. With the kids, i knew i would be more stressed out than rested. I just wanted to be able to wake up late, well later than the usual 4:30pm wake-up time, prep my kids for school, pack their lunch boxes, drop ’em off at school, come home and catch up on tv programmes or blogs until its time to pick them up from school. God in His infinite wisdom granted my wish, in abundance sef *sigh*
Few weeks before my leave, my househelp absconded! Strike one. Five days to the kain long awaited period of much-needed rest, my nanny left to go see her children for one whoooooole week. Strike two. And I, Hazel A a.k.a @Zitera a.k.a 21stCenturyCareerMom, was left in charge of my two beautiful, almost well-behaved munchkins. Easy piece of chocolate-gateaux-with-cookies-and-cream cake!
Mehn, ignorance is indeed bliss. I can authoritatively tell you that being a fulltime homemaker especially with kids thrown in for good measure is anything but easy. Dear Lord, i had a total, nearly-overwhelming culture shock! Cooking, doing dishes every five minutes {i kid not...I had no idea the rugrats utilized that much tableware and cutlery}, sweeping, mopping up, doing laundry, resolving toy-sharing scuffles between my duo! WOW! I know i multitask easily...which woman doesn’t...but that week’s multi-tasking was on a kentro level.
I needed help but seeing as none was forthcoming, i harnessed the four year old resource i have...Chets. When he is in a good mood, he can be really helpful. And he’s always in a good mood when i promise to give him my iPhone or to do his homework with him. Other than that, i’m flying solo. He always always has an excuse for not doing whats asked of him. Always!!!
Me: Booboo, please get me drinking water. Mummy is choking!
Chets: Muuuummy, but you are not coughing.
Me: Pleeaaaaaseeeeee *cough cough*
Chets: Ok
He’ll get a tall glass cup with prolly about 100ml of water in it.
Me: Chets, this water is too small. Get me BIG!
Chets: Mummy i can’t. Because you’ll wee-wee on your bed if i get you more. I don’t want Daddy to ‘not be’ happy with you.
Me: My baby {i have to butter him up first}, please tidy up the sitting room.
If he’s with the iPhone, the sitting room is tidied in two seconds flat. If he is in his ‘because’ mood,
Chets: Muuuummmmy, i can’t because my hands are getting smaller. Look, look *he’ll thrust his supposedly shrinking hands in my face* See, i told you my hands are getting smaller!
Me: CHETANNA!!! Stop writing on my wall.
Chets: But i’m not writing on the wall, Mummy. I’m only painting on the wall!! Huhuhuhu...this girl sef!*
Where most mothers have ‘why’ babies, the ones that are perpetually questioning everything you ask of them, i birthed a very ‘because’-orientated precocious child. Quite frustrating. I used to think my hubby was strong willed until i met my son....and daughter Zi. And they both seem to have inexhaustible wells of energy; getting them to sleep at the end of the day is an arduous task
I survived that week sha but with such body pain i was quite convinced i sleep-ran a marathon. I survive but with a long face and a cantankerous disposition i’m surprised my husband didn’t suggest a short visit to my father’s house. Frankly, I would‘ve bollocked myself if i actually hired me.
Wearing heels and klunking off to a career is the easier option, in my opinion. You don’t have to deal with the drama at the home front and believe me, there are plenty of them dramas. I’ve got a newfound respect for housewives and women devoted to their kids and nannies, for that matter. Theirs is a labour of love; their wages hugs and kisses and ‘Mummy, i love you’ and foot rubs from any understanding hubby. I’ll take the ‘Mummy, i love you’ over being called an aunty by any kid of mine, any time...any day!
I resume work in a few days but i've thoroughly thoroughly enjoyed this time with my kids! School runs, home works, bath times....wouldnt trade ‘em for anything. It was hard but it was totally worth it. My kids rock my world, totally!
There. Thats what i've been up to these past weeks. Its been so hectic blogging and catching up on other blog kinda took a backseat. However, something really good happened within this period...I GOT MY READING MOJO BACK!!!! I cant remember the last time i read a book which is really crazy considering that i was once a devourer of books. Between RIM and PHCN, yours' truly was forced to go register at a bookclub. Best N500 i've spent in recent times! I'm on my 7th...Mini Shopaholic by Sophia Kinsella. The Lord is good....

Oh, lest i forget, happy birthday once again Sisi_Yemmie. Hope you had fun today! And many thanks to The Relentless Builder for yet another Versatile Blogger award. I promise, i’ll get to that post soon-ish!


Onyinye FaFi Obi said...

aww! too adorable!
i so cant wait to be married and be a mum! LOL

WailaCaan said...

Uber cute! Your son is a trip!!! ha ha

Gbemisoke said...

Lol @ "because you'll wee wee on your bed"
They are so adorable. All they have to do is smile and you forget how exhausted you are.
May God keep them.

Luciano said...

wowwww......i love kids. they just make yu smile all the time

asanwa babie said...

I actually "laffed out loud"
Funny stuff..Chets is such a cool kid.I love him!lol!

Toinlicious said...

lmao. i lurv chets already. He is soo smart.

Called my 3yr old niece cos i missed her and she told her mom to tell me she was eating. smh

i'll have to try that "my hands are shrinking" excuse with my mom sha

HoneyDame said...

LMAO..posts like this scare me on the kind of kids I will bring forth...I will just exile myself cos with the stories I have heard about how I was as a kid, na die I dey so!
Glad you had fun o.
SO u are reading the "Mini Shopaholic"?!!! I just got done reading that. I have a list of books that I am reading on the side bar on my blog. We should do some review type thing or somethingQ

Hazel said...

@Onyinye, I keep telling you i can't wait for YOU to get married and start having kids! Im warming up to the laffs i would have. LOL

@WailaCaan Yaaaaaay....you visited! Have i mentioned i love your blogs? Loooooove them! Thank you for stopping by and yes, my son is such a trip. I find myself laughing so hard sometimes, when im supposed to be correcting him.

@Gbemisoke, I know what you mean. God will keep them for us, Amen. xxx

@Luciano, they can make you wanna bang your head on the wall too. But mostly, they make you smile.

Hazel said...

@Asanwa babie You would...both of you are cut from the same material.

@Toinlicious Let me know how the 'shrinking hands' excuse works for you. Lol

@HoneyDame I just finished Mini Shopaholic. Rebecca Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is such a trip. HAHAHA! I promise her husband is really the only man for her. I'm on The Devil Wears Prada next and i totally stole your 'Books I Am Reading' gadget concept. Its up on my blog *wink*

aloted said...

men being a full time mummy is not moi moi o. I dunno how housewives do it.. special grace!

thanks for stopping by my blog. think this is my first time here...will be back

Coy~Introvert said...

They should start handing out degrees for been a full time housewife/ full time mum. It's not beans at all. I can tell your kids are really sweet. The good thing about the whole "mummy" saga is when your kids are happy, you're super happy!