Wordless Wednesday #14 – Day In The Life

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From car accident to potty training to evil chest cold, the last two months have been…less than fun. The other day, I kind of lost it – too much stress, too little sleep, and an ever-increasing pile of overdue work (again). I didn’t want to cry and upset Serenity, so I (rather stupidly) thought to punish myself for my perceived failures by running around my house taking pictures of all of my “failures”.

What I saw through my camera’s viewfinder surprised me…

Wordless Wednesday #14 - Day In The Life | The Homemade Creative

It’s true. There are shelves on my living room wall that are only half put up – from this past spring. Coats live on the couch because I still haven’t hung the hooks I bought months ago, because of the boxes of donations still sitting in front of the wall they belong on. The pretty peacock decorations I was thrilled to acquire are still sitting in weird places around the house, because the buffet I want to redo and decorate with them is piled down with books and products I still need to review – that belong on the shelves that are half-installed over the piano in the living room. Treasures from our life together vie for space in my office area with samples of lotion, potty training sticker packs, thermometers, and Play-Doh. My dining room table is buried under board books, curtains that need altering and hanging, and a gift for our brand new little nephew (whom we have yet to meet, thanks to being sick). My kitchen…well, dishes pile up, it’s what they do, but lately it seems Nick and I together can’t keep a handle on them. A stack of boards-meant-to-be-photo-ledges shares space on the floor beside my desk with an awesome vacuum cleaner I received to review more than a month ago, and haven’t yet had a chance to unbox. And where pictures should be displayed on pretty ledges, I have a physical therapy chart taped to the wall, to help me recover from the car accident two months ago. And through it all, my sweet toddler peeps at me around the wreckage.

And then suddenly, Serenity snaps me out of my pity party and I realize that I’m being awfully hard on myself, and that despite the mess and the ever-growing to-do list, I’m doing a good job as a mom. She tells me she has to go potty…

Wordless Wednesday #14 - Day In The Life | The Homemade Creative

Serenity first asked to use the potty almost a year ago, but lost interest after the first week. We’ve spent the last year playing chicken over the issue of “where does the poop go??” and I’ve done more laundry and scrubbed more upholstery and carpet than I care to remember. It’s been a smelly and frustrating year, but we kept at it.

And last week, Serenity started potty training for real – no more diapers except at night. Can you hear the angels singing?! I could – for all of three days before I realized that she wasn’t going to one of those (probably mythical) kids that potty train in a day or a weekend.

By the end of the first week, I was ready to give up. And that was the day I went crazy with the camera – and the day she finally recognized that she needed to use the potty and TOLD ME SO before she went. #sweetsuccess

She climbed up on the toilet and asked me to take her picture – “Cheese!!” And she got a Skittle, and a sticker for her potty chart. And I realized that even though my sink is full, my daughter is happy and healthy.

So when Serenity asked me to come up to her room and play, I took her hand, and left my unfinished projects in the dust…

Wordless Wednesday #14 - Day In The Life | The Homemade Creative

Sometimes the important thing isn’t whether you can “do all the things” – it’s about the people in your life, who need you more than they need a picture perfect home.

I laid on the floor in the hallway outside Serenity’s bedroom for almost two hours, while she played, danced, sang, and talked to me. Two of the best hours I’ve spent in a long time. ? She’s a marvel, this little one. Funny, clever, beautiful, with enough imagination to creative worlds. I love her, and she loves me…and that’s what matters. I’ll eventually stop being sick and my injuries will fade, and I’ll get caught up on housework and blog reviews. But in the meantime, if I have to choose, I’ll pick Serenity and Nick every time.

How’s your week going?

*Some items pictured in this post were complimentary for review consideration, however this post is not a review, nor is it sponsored in any way. I’ve linked up with The Jenny Evolution, Create With Joy, Mama to 5 Blessings, Baby Baby Lemon, and Sakura Haruka.*

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46 comments on “Wordless Wednesday #14 – Day In The Life”

  1. Leovi Leovi said:

    Very funny photos, beautiful little princess!

  2. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said:

    In the whole scheme of things, being a mom is the most important thing and it sounds like you’re doing it beautifully. The rest of it can wait. 🙂

    1. Alena Belleque said:

      Thanks! Sure trying!

  3. Robin Rue said:

    Oh that hair is too much. She is absolutely precious.

    1. Alena Belleque said:

      Thank you! I’ve had her for 2.5 years, and I still can’t get over how cute she is.

  4. Elizabeth Pyo said:

    Haha love this post. Your daughter is just precious – my son has just started “loosely” potty training.

    1. Alena Belleque said:

      “Loosely” — I hear you. Good luck!

  5. Dee Mauser said:

    Oh potty training is SO fun, isn’t it? My kids are all grown but I’m now helping to raise my 14 month old grandson and will be going through the process again. Oh joy! LOL

    1. Alena Belleque said:

      Oh boy! 😛 Good luck!

  6. Deborah Andreasen said:

    I love this. My house isn’t spotless, but it’s full of love. Thanks for the reminders. PS. Love Serenity’s hair! 🙂

    1. Alena Belleque said:

      I’m glad you were encouraged. #luv And thanks, I love it, too!

  7. Shauna Torres said:

    Sometimes we all have to leave our work mid-way to take those special moments with our little ones. Whether potty training or going to play… those moments will never return. Thanks for sharing your week

    1. Alena Belleque said:

      Thanks, Shauna. #luv

  8. ?Nancy? said:

    Beautiful story! I agree. A perfect and clean house can wait. Enjoy your little one because they grow too fast. The household chores won’t go anywhere. Your daughter is absolutely adorable and congratulations on the success with potty training.

    1. Alena Belleque said:

      Thank you!

  9. Mama to 5 Blessings said:

    What a cutie! Keep up the good work! BTW I love the mustache tote bag!

    1. Alena Belleque said:

      Isn’t that great?! It’s from BabyLit.

  10. Kathy said:

    Being a mother is the best! I have two daughters of my own. Your daughter is very adorable! I remember potty training the both of them. They actually did very well I was surprised.

    1. Alena Belleque said:

      Thanks. 🙂 It’s really only so draining because I’m sick at the same time, probably.

  11. meagan said:

    What priceless photos and a priceless little princess! My kitchen looks a lot like yours today 🙂

    1. Alena Belleque said:

      Thank you! Here’s to house elves showing up in the middle of the night, no? #lol

  12. Sincerely, Mindy said:

    My 18 month old daughter amazes me more and more every day, and she helps bring me back down to earth on the days when I’m feeling frazzled too. I’m a stay at home Mom, and I know all about how messy the house can get, how much blogging work can get piled up on top of me, and how I can feel like a complete failure so easily. But, my daughter is happy and healthy, and that is the most important thing!

    1. Alena Belleque said:

      Yes, so so much. #luv Thank you for stopping by!

  13. Ann Bacciaglia said:

    I am guilty of being hard on myself sometimes. Yes, the dishes are dirty and there are piles of laundry but in the grand scheme of life……those are trivial problems. Kudos to you for realizing that life is good and that other stuff can wait.

    1. Thanks, Ann. I hope you found some stress relief, too!

  14. Tasha said:

    Aweeeeeee hahahaha love the photos! She is such a beautiful little girl 🙂 <3

    1. Thanks, Tasha! 🙂

  15. Aimee Smith said:

    I can so relate to this post! Those little people matter more than anything else! Being a mom is tough, but the best job ever!

    1. Definitely tough, and DEFINITELY the best job ever. ? Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Carlee C said:

    Aren’t we all frazzled Mommy at some point during the hour, day, week, or month. I am definitely feeling it with upcoming birthdays and the Holidays.

    1. Yes, the holidays definitely have a way of amping up the stress, don’t they! I’m trying to be more low key this year, for that very reason.

  17. Lisa C said:

    Adorable kiddos you have! Potty training is coming any day now for us!

    1. Gird your loins, girl – it’s a ride! #lol How old is your kiddo?

  18. Autumn Rose Reo said:

    There’s days I’d love to show pictures of my day and other days I wouldn’t even. Thanks for being honest.

    1. I hear you completely, Autumn. It’s hard, some days, not to get down on yourself, especially with pictures. I hope showing a little of my mess was an encouragement. ?

  19. Debi said:

    I had a great comment, completely relating to it all… and then I realized your daughter’s name is Serenity. Mine oldest is named Serenity. But I love the day in life through pictures.

    1. Too funny! #lol I’ve had that happen. How old is your Serenity? And thank you.

  20. Congrats on the potty training success. This week is crazy with the holidays but everything will settle down in a few weeks.

    1. Thanks! We’re still working on it. #sigh She has really good days, and days were she’s like, “What’s a potty?”

  21. Shauna said:

    Ha, ha, ha… Yup. pretty much. I have a designated place for all of my Blogging stuff, yet it just takes over. Your little one is so cute. Thanks for sharing all of this with us.

    1. Designated space is soooo important! But yah, it’s like cancer – spreads like crazy if left unchecked. And thank you! I sure think she’s adorable! ?

  22. April G said:

    What an awesome reminder! I often get down on myself for having a messy house but try to remind myself that my three little ones won’t be little forever and having fun with them and making memories with them are more important than a clean house. Your little girl is adorable!!!

    1. Thank you! ? It’s a hard battle, isn’t it? Not playing the shame game on ourselves.

  23. diane said:

    I cant imagine trying to do the blogging thing with little kids! Mine are teens now and I at least know they will not be peeing on the floor when I turn my back!

    1. LOL!! Right?? At least, you sure hope not! 😛 I have a friend whose kids are long flown, and she’ll stay overnight in a motel, or spend hours in a coffee shop writing, and I’m insanely jealous…but wouldn’t miss a minute at home, either. Well, not most minutes, anyway. I could stand to miss the peed on moments!

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