You Might Celebrate Mother’s Day But I Celebrate Treat-Mama-Like-A-Baby Day

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. If you have a mom in your life, you now have one day advanced notice to DO SOMETHING SPECIAL. And if you are seriously just realizing that Sunday is Mother’s Day, my guess is that’s one day sooner than last year.

I really struggle with wanting and not wanting to be around my children on Mother’s Day. I want the glorious freedom of sleeping and lazing in bed. Possibly on my computer. Definitely in my pajamas. Watching movies with curse words and violence. Not having to find a SIPPY CUP. Or argue why Cheerios cannot be eaten at every meal. (Although my son is trying and surviving so I might be wrong.) I want to pee without company.

And Mother’s Day isn’t my only downtime. Every Wednesday night is ALEX NIGHT.  I leave the house at 7:30 p.m. (and I’m usually home by 10 p.m..  I’m just one wild and crazy Mama.). I don’t always know where I am going. BUT I AM GONE. Because when I don’t go, I’m a bad mom, wife and person. (No biggie.)

I learned it the hard way.  Actually, MY FAMILY learned it the hard way, also known as the way where I’m a bratty tearful looney tune by the end of the week. My husband pushed me out the door that first Wednesday and did the dance of joy.

But back to Mother’s Day and the REASON I am celebrated. MY CHILDREN.  So I feel like I should spend some time with them. I love hearing Mama.  Even when it’s being screamed or told to go into time out.

So I compromise (with myself and the imaginary line of mothers judging my Mother’s Day activities).


  • Staying up like I’m back in college the night before (i.e., TONIGHT)
  • Sleeping late, which is nothing like college because I will be psyched if I make it past 8:30
  • Staying in bed for breakfast, morning hellos, cards, and possibly peeing if I can find a bed pan
  • Playing on my computer, writing, wasting time while STILL IN BED
  • Finally getting dressed. Possibly showering (but only if I REALLY smell)

*By family I mean that my husband will do all carrying, lifting, and buckling of the children.

  • Sushi lunch.  The place by us gives a red rose to the mamas. Not that I need a rose to show up for some spicy tuna. And it’s kinda like family time except I’m the only one who EATS sushi.
  • Outside time, which is not at all what I’m into but my kids aren’t the dress shopping or massaging types.  And it’s supposed to be in the 60s so my Yankee body won’t melt.  I may even enjoy myself.
  • A movie.  Although not my choice until post-bedtime. Okay, I’m becoming more suspicious of the whole family time on Mother’s Day. {shaking fist at judgmental and serene mothers}
  • Order take-out.  I haven’t decided where, but by this time my kids will not be up for another session of sitting in a restaurant acting like eating food off the floor and declaring one’s self DONE after two minutes isn’t normal, acceptable behavior.
  • Watching another movie. Although for my husband’s sake, maybe we should watch the movie Saturday night. He’ll have played ME all day. He’s going to be PRETTY EXHAUSTED. Especially because I plan to be baby number three.

Maybe that’s what we SHOULD call Mother’s Day. Treat-Mama-Like-A-Baby Day. (Scott? Are you reading this?)

PS.  For all my alone time, I am forever grateful to my children for making me the Mama.

Thank you my sweet boy:

Thank you my sweet girl:

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

31 thoughts to “You Might Celebrate Mother’s Day But I Celebrate Treat-Mama-Like-A-Baby Day”

  1. You have the whole day planned, huh? I said I want alone time. I want to sleep in, then have Husband take the kids out until the family has a BBQ at 12. (Damn BBQ, but I have to see my mother, and all.) So I’m hoping that those morning hours to myself will suffice.

    Sounds like you have a nice weekend planned!

  2. I know what you mean. I asked everyone here to please do one specific chore for me on Sunday.

    Yeah. That’s how I do Mother’s Day.

    Here’s to laundry being put away, and garbage being taken out, and the piano being dusted top to bottom!

    That’s what makes me happy.

    Happy Mother’s Day, Alex!
    .-= Alexandra´s last blog ..Flaming Skulls in the Sky =-.

  3. Aw, this is sweet, and funny and practical! I realized I have given NO thought to Mother’s Day at all (hm, maybe secretly wishing for a surprise, who knows). I see a running thread of bed and movies in your ideal Mother’s Day. Maybe you can even stay in bed until noon?? I have a friend who does that (and yes, she has a young child!)! Have Scott take the kids somewhere out of the house (because hearing kids wail even if you’re not “supposed” to worry is stressful too) and then just get up in time for sushi.

    Have a wonderful, wonderful Mother’s Day!!
    .-= Cecilia´s last blog ..My First Mother’s Day… =-.

    1. Oh in bed until noon sounds lovely.
      My husband asked me 18 times what I wanted for mother’s day so I prepared. Plus I’m fairly predictable (I could probably cut and paste this post for my birthday.)

  4. I know exactly what you mean, there is that wanting to have down time and me time but as you know I too am now having a “me night” once a week and doing some other things to get my Momgroove on so this year, I am really looking forward to spending the day with my little girl and would not want to be anywhere else. We are going out to dinner tonight, just my husband and I and I plan a nice lie in tomorrow morning (he got his today) and then I just want to enjoy being Mom.

    Have a wonderful Mothers Day Alex – you have two great children and a great husband so enjoy your family day too

  5. My main request has been to be allowed to sleep in according to my definition of the phrase (usually, when I “sleep in” my husband comes to wake me up at 7:30am). Breakfast will involve bacon, and me drinking my coffee while watching my husband cook. Other than that, I haven’t really decided what I want to do. The cake sounds like a stellar idea, though. Will definitely add that to the list.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you!!
    .-= jamie´s last blog ..A New Spin on Saying No =-.

  6. i just need to cast my vote for the Depends (or in your case, some sort of comfy organic terrycloth version?) – becuase as a NEW dog owner, you might not realize that your dog (not to mention the two children) WILL make a quick, scary mess out of any shiny metal liquid-baring vessel, and that’s all i’m going to say about that…becuase there should be NO cleaning or wiping or disinfecting on Mom-Is-Awesome Day. [yep, definitely forget the bedpan. unless it’s use would spare your elder toddler bathroom break tantrum?]

    Now, I need to raise another point… why Sunday? who decided this? I have the urge to skip church on M-I-A Day, becuase it puts a serious kink in ANY lounging-in-the-bed plans (not to be confused with sleeping in, which would be physically impossible in our house where children rise no later than 6:30 and then commence immediate ir-re-sleepable loudness .) Sunday church also requires me to shower, bathe and dress myself and two other small people… and address the dog… by about 7am. I move to switch the holiday to Saturday. Or better yet, make it Friday, and a day off work for EVERYONE! …now we’re talkin.

    But meanwhile (until that holiday day of the week kink gets worked out – wait, doesn’t Obama want CHANGE? score!) Hope you enjoy the relaxinest Mom’s day EVER tomorrow and get to enjoy bonus Alex time and sweet kiddo time to your heart’s content – cheers to all the awesome mommas out there!!

    1. We are scheduled for NURSERY DUTY tomorrow. And what I mean by that is SCOTT is scheduled for nursery duty with the kids in tow… and I will be talking to God from my bed.
      (My church is actually shortening the service tomorrow specifically so people can celebrate their moms though. So there is a very small possibility that I will attend. Very small.)

  7. My ideal Mother’s Day has changed over the years. I used to hide, in my studio, away from the kids, while listening to hubby quietly decompensating downstairs.

    Now that they’re grown, I sorta want to be with them for the few Mother’s Days I have left when my kids are around.

    The grass is always greener.
    .-= The Mother´s last blog ..The Second Annual Ostrich Award! =-.

  8. Well, I’ve gleaned yet more wisdom from you. From here on out, I’m going to institute an “Alex Night” at my house. Now, I’m sure because of my kids busy sports schedules, I can’t have one every week. But, by golly, at least once a month (if I plan very carefully). So thank you for that inspiration. I now know why I’m so cranky and frustrated and crying at the drop of a dime – it’s cause I don’t have “Alex Night”!!!!
    .-= D. Rene.´s last blog ..I am a twitter-holic =-.

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