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Do you ever look back on your pre-kids self and think “Bless Your Heart?” I am blessing all over the place when I think about how much I used to enjoy Thankgiving. “A holiday with no expectations! How lovely!” I used to think. Oh dear me. Little did I know that when you have kids, Thanksgiving is turned from a wine swilling Friendsgiving type atmosphere to a atmosphere more reminiscent of the fraught royal courts of yore. And in case you think you should have a crown on your head, oh no my friend. Your kids are the royalty; you are more of the lady in waiting.
You see, once you have kids, the expectations change.
All of the sudden you are are FAMILY and a MOM and in charge of creating HOLIDAY MEMORIES.
No more boozy flag football games and Monopoly marathons for you my friend.
Instead you are expected to produce a turkey like this:
And place it on a table like this:
In spite of this rolling up to your table:
Now I get my why my mom used to get a cold every few years and “have” to stay home. Smart thinking mom, SMART THINKING.
Thanksgiving consists now of me trying not to retreat to my childhood self when I think my mom is favoring my niece over my kids (there’s nothing like putting your own sibling rivarly on the next generation) and trying not to shoot my MIL death rays when she remarks “no wonder she can’t lost the baby weight” when I recite the ingredients to my sinfully delicious sweet potato pudding. In spite of that hurting more than the morning after my infamous Tijuana Thanksgiving celebration, I remember that it’s all worth it when I see this:
Plus Thanksgiving is the only holiday where your main expectation is to EAT ALL THE FOODS and DRINK ALL THE DRINKS. So throw on that turkey apron, give the job of getting your kids dressed in holiday clothing to your partner, and giddy up. It’s going to be a wild ride.
If your Thanksgiving is as exhausting as mine, skip the Black Friday shopping. Instead, after the kids are down settle into the couch with a glass of wine and celebrate surviving another year with some more funny stories on NickMom. We all deserve a #MotherFunny Thanksgiving.