Friday. Dan’s back home. Spin class, blueberry oatmeal, Belle’s walk, make faces into the iPhone.

Kate’s in another mood. And the only remedy is the bubble machine.

Since Dan’s back, he takes a break from work and eats lunch with Kate and me. Kate’s mood enters Level Two: Fuss Extreme Zone.

Try a nap. She desperately needs it. Nap fail. Out to the front yard for more bubbles.

Admire “mama’s flowers.”

More bubbles.

Stand around. Look at mama with distain.

Dan and I call it a day after our evening walk and order pizza.

It’s days like these that are tough. And after a couple in a row (see Wednesday and Thursday), this motherhood all day thing can get the best of me. Part of it was Dan being out of town. And part of it is not getting enough breaks. So after Kate went to bed I took a look at my calendar and called in reinforcements for next week. It’s hard for me to call for help because I view being Kate’s mom as my job. But everyone needs a break from their job every now and then. So I line up my subs for next week and head downstairs for quiet time and Game of Thrones with Dan.


Sarah is a thiry-something wife to an engineer and mother of three. She loves teaching aerobic and cycling classes, learning to shoot with her DSLR in manual mode, and drinking coffee.