7 #Momfails From Just This Week

I’ll be the first to admit it, I DO NOT have it all together (whatever IT is). It’s not even close to together for me.  Pre-kids, I was the epitome of the organized, Type A woman.  My house was always spotless, and all the items on my to-do list were checked-off far in advance. I had lists! I ate at home with well-thought-out meals, and I knew where everything was.  Somehow, adding a two-and-a-half-year-old into the mix has thrown me into chaos.  My mind still craves organization and order, but my life right now just isn’t conducive to that ideal. 

I’ve come to accept that my time and presence with my son and obligations to career and adulthood take priority over some things, and that’s okay.  Despite all efforts to be the best at everything–especially motherhood–I fall on my face more than I care to admit.  I am about to confess my #momfails for this week (just this week). 

7 Days of Mom Fails


I wanted to lie in bed a little longer than my son.  He took it upon himself to get himself breakfast and brought me a fresh diaper and clothes to put on him afterwards. 


It’s cold.  I ran outside to get the mail, then got distracted opening the mail on the way back.  Back in the house, I noticed it was quiet and my little guy was nowhere to be found.  I looked out in the backyard, and he’s in nothing but his training pants and a long sleeve shirt. It’s 10 degrees. No socks, no pants, no jacket. Crap.

As I’m carrying him back into the house in a blanket, the neighbor is sipping his coffee and shaking his head at me. Thanks pal, big help.


He wanted absolutely nothing to do with me. All day, he preferred talking to his Nana (who wasn’t with us that day) over talking to me. He asked imaginary Nana to ask me to get him snacks. Imaginary Nana played with him all day. Apparently make-believe Nana is a better playmate than real mommy. Awesome.


He refused all foods and drinks. The only things he wanted were mommy’s Pepsi and Hershey’s Kisses. That’s a negative, Ghost Rider; you can go hungry, then. 


I needed a break, so I called the nanny to see if she’d come watch my son for a couple of hours while I regained sanity and left the house.  He slept for 3 of the 4 hours I was gone.  Seriously, kid?!  All week, the longest nap he gave me was an hour and change.


Popcorn was the food of the day. I popped 3 bags. It made him thirsty for water and I bribed him with the popcorn to eat carrots, go potty, and clean up.  He was highly motivated by popcorn today, and I ran with it.


When I left for work and kissed him goodbye, he pushed me away and said, “Nope. Mama go bye-bye.” No hug, no kiss, no smile, no love. 

Most days, that is just how the cookie crumbles.  Just so no one gets fooled by my facebook or Instagram, I do NOT got this!  I know some of this sounds bad, but my son has a freaking awesome life and he’s two-and-a-half, so he acts like a jerk a lot, unbeknownst to him.  I’m working on not taking it personally.  He does love me and does what I ask of him 90% of the time, I swear. 

What are some of your mom fails or ‘don’t got this’ moments?


Nicole is full-time Mother-Baby Nurse at UIHC and full-time single momma to her 3 year old son, Griffin. She grew up in Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa. She lived in Chicago for almost 4 years before moving back to Iowa City to start a family with her (now ex) husband. After struggling with infertility and undergoing In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfers, she worked hard for the title of Mom. Feeling complete as a family of three, they donated their last remaining embryo to another couple, which has been an interesting and complex process. Nicole’s next conquest is to get her Lactation Certification and do some in-home consultation on the side. Her other passions are hiking, reading non-fiction science (or parenting) books, Sudoku, being mamarazzi/managing Griffin’s modelling hobby, visiting museums, and listening to podcasts. She describes herself as resilient, passionately curious, coffee-obsessed, science nerd.


  1. I remember when my son was in 1st grade. I was runnIng late one morning and he was complaining about an upset stomach and sore throat but still getting ready for school and eating breakfast- no problem I thought. I didn’t have any cough drops or throat lozenges so gave him a life saver and dropped him off at school while I drove off to work. I drove the 30 minutes and just got to work when I got the call. Yep, he puked at school in the first few minutes. I had to turn around and go right back home. Mom fail!

  2. My oldest is 15, so I have a lot. Here’s just one. On the first day of junior high basketball practice, my son came down hard on the side of his foot. When he got home, his foot was swollen and red and we could tell that there was problem. Next day, I took him to the doctor. They take x-rays of both feet, so they can compare the good one to the injured one. When they come back in the room, they say that he has broken a bone in his foot and ask when he broke the other foot. We looked at each other with complete confusion – he’s never broken the other foot. Then he reminds me of the time in the summer when he complained his foot hurt and I told him he was tying his shoes too tight. #momfail


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