Sunday, April 11, 2010

Good Riddance, Crabby Weekend!

Man, is there something in the air?  Or perhaps our water?  This weekend was awful, both Brendan and I were so crabby.  This may or may not have led to Ingrid being equally crabby, which in turn made us both more crabby.  Nice little circle of events, no?

Honestly I can't even remember what set me off, but I was so pissy and then Ingrid says "I sorry, Mama" and I almost started crying.  She takes it so personally when we get yelly, and now that she can say things like she's sorry it's making me realize how much we have to try to talk like adults and be at least civil to each other. 

It's hard to be an adult.  At one point I let the sarcasm flow and my voice got louder and louder, and then Ingrid looked over at me and it just broke my heart.  I don't want to teach her to be like that.  One of the things I've always prided myself on is that I like to settle things in an adult manner, with conversations and give and take.  No petty yelling and swearing and throwing things, no real fighting, just issues and trying to talk through them.  This weekend I forgot about all that...

So my goal for this week is to try and return to being a nicer mom, a nicer wife, someone people would want to live with.  No more rolling eyes (well, I'll try anyway) no more getting mad that things weren't done my way.  I actually yelled at Brendan for running the dishwasher without putting enough dishes in it.  He said I was just trying to help and I got mad that he didn't help in the right way.  I still think it was silly to run it, but I certainly didn't have to yell at him. 

Back to being calm, gentle, nurturing.  I somehow have lost my way with that, but hopefully I can get back on track.  Tomorrow we're going to take a picnic by the lake, and bake bread, and maybe try to sew a dress for a friend's birthday.  Things are looking up! 

4 comments:

Carly said...

We all have our days:( Sounds like you are headed in the right direction to fix it:)

Fiona said...

Sorry you had such a bad weekend, and it is so true that the kids are sensitive to all this stuff.
BUT having said all of that, whilst I personally feel it is important to be a sweet, patient nurturing Mama most of the time I also think it is quite healthy for kids to see me occasionally being 'real'. We all get tired and crabby sometimes, and I want them to know that even though Mummy and Daddy do occasionally argue, that is normal and all part of a happy relationship. Our kids need to be realistic about what is involved in living with someone for many years, so that when their turn comes they know what to expect.

Amber Liddle said...

Fiona, I know you're right about showing kids reality! That makes me feel a little better, thanks :)

Julia said...

I was nodding my head as I was reading your posting. I am so working hard on being the mum I want to be, with oodles of endless patience, lots of understanding even in the tough times, and time to listen and digest before the sarcasm and temper starts to bubble. We are only human though and can't be too hard on ourselves. We must remember we are doing a tough job with no holidays, be proud of that and keep trying to improve...

Hugs x