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Erm… What have I actually done all day?

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….It is twenty to six on a dark winter morning.
We’re all snuggled warm in our beds softly snoring.

But then, through the silence is heard a small cough.
A whimper, a wriggle, a whinge… and we’re off!

The day has commenced as I rise from my bed,
Dragging my feet in a state of “half dead”.

I shuffle across and reach into the cot,
Lifting my now somewhat screeching young tot.

A hug and a kiss, check his nappy for poo,
Then he’s plonked on our bed for a spot of “Me Too”.

Teeth brushed and shower all done in a dash.
Perhaps do my hair if feel a bit flash?

By this time Miss Tot has appeared by his side,
Sleepy and grumpy and quite bleary eyed.

I make all the beds and I tidy their wares,
Scoop up the tots and we venture downstairs.

There’s warm milk and breakfast and washing to do,
Then hose down the kitchen and both offspring too.

I wrestle each tot into vaguely clean clothes.
Chase them in circles to wipe each one’s nose.

With all of my might get them strapped in the car,
and nip one to preschool – it’s not very far,

But I rush in the gates and I’m really impressed…
As my youngest appears to be somehow half dressed?

I drag on his socks and his footwear once more,
Then shovel the biggest Tot in through the door.

With one off to school it’s now on with our day,
Back in the car to The Boy’s “Stay and Play”.

There’s sand pit and water activities planned,
But The Boy will not play without holding my hand.

I lift and I carry, I jiggle and play,
And soon it is home time, so on with our day…

Next it is lunch, and a beautiful feast
Is prepared, but declined by my awkward young beast.

So I clear it away for an hour, and then,
I warm it all up and present it again.

At some time between there just might be a nap.
At which point I gallop about in a flap,

With so many meaningless tasks still to do,
Cleaning and housework and ironing too.

I’m quite overwhelmed with the mission at hand,
So I end up instead doing nothing I’d planned.

I somehow just seem to end up by mistake,
Stood in the kitchen and snacking on cake??

But soon it is time and we’re back in the car,
To pick up Miss Tot, which is not very far.

We shortly arrive, park the car up and then…
Somehow The Boy is half naked again!?

Back on with the socks and the footwear once more,
And wait for Miss Tot racing out of the door.

Home once again, then a walk to the park,
But not for too long as it starts to get dark.

Time to head back and find something for tea,
Their dad will be on his way home and hungry!

I walk through the door and just nip for a wee,
When Daddy is home shouting “Hi, where’s my tea?”

“Sorry” I say with a sheepish half shrug.
“It isn’t quite ready… but give us a hug”.

He glances around, then politely he’ll say:
“OK but I’m starved – What did you do all day?”

The day’s endless tasks swim around in my head,
I have not sat down since I got out of bed!!

Wiping and cooking and washing galore,
Then cooking and washing and wiping once more.

Then right on his cue racing in comes a Tot,
Grubby and hungry and covered in snot.

I look at the floor of our once tidy home,
Which now looks a bit like an active war zone.

The kitchen’s a tip and the tea isn’t cooked.
The day’s nearly done and quite frankly I’m… shattered!

I search for the answer to capture it all…

“Nothing” I say.

“I’ve done nothing at all”.


Please tell me this isn’t just me??  Leave me a little comment below, I’d love to know if your days are the same!




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87 thoughts on “Erm… What have I actually done all day?

  1. Yes to this. They should give this to in a glossy brochure to excited parents who are expecting their first baby with the title “Your Life Now”. Lucky it’s all so wonderful too. Fabulous!

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  2. I only have one little bub but can relate to how quickly the day goes and then pow it’s over and I haven;t started the night tasks yet! I think you’ve summed it up! x

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    1. Thank you. I’m sure we all must be in the same position. The day’s pass in a flash but I never seem to achieve anything at the end of it? All good fun though and at least we’re all in it together. Thanks for your comment x

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      1. Hmm. Good point. I would have to make it an industrial strength one and attach a spray bottle of detergent to the other arm? 🙂 Thanks for hosting #abitofeverything x


  3. Ahh this made me chuckle a bit as there are many days that my partner comes in and asks how my days been, what we have done etc.. and really I have done nothing but the basic running of the house and looking after a 2yr old which doesn’t seem much but actually means I (like you!) don’t sit down all day! 🙂


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    1. It’s just relentless isn’t it? My hubby always wonders why I end up spending my evenings ironing and cleaning up… “Why can’t you do all that during the day? You’ve got all day to do that…?” Herumph!! Thanks for reading :0) x

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  4. Haha, the life of a parent! I remember being bored before I had children and that’s one feeling I’ve certainly forgotten! Great post. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

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    1. Me too! The hubby always says “Why don’t you come and spend some time with us all in the living room…?” To which I reply “Because the house elf is on strike and the kitchen looks like somebody sneezed porridge all over it!” (Oh, wait, yep, somebody did actually sneeze porridge all over it.) 😉

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  5. I should show my husband this the next time he asks what I’ve done all day! (Usually it involves cake when theres 101 things that need doing! xx #justanotherlinky

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    1. Me too! I just end up doing it all over again once the kids are in bed. At least we’re all in the same boat lovely. It would just be a bit more fun if it was a cruise ship…. With maid service…. And wine! 😀 Thank you xx


  6. I remember when my ex would ask me that and I would give him the dirtiest of looks, then walk away and say, “feed yourself then!” LOL! This is a great poem. You have such a knack with words. Popping over from #abitofeverything

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    1. Haha, I know what you mean. The hubby does try to chip in every now and again, but then he has to remind me about the fact that “he’s emptied the dishwasher” for the rest of the week. *sticks chest out and beams with pride for being such a good boy* :0) Love em! Thank you hon xx

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  7. Yes, just yes you are describing my life too. It is so crazy, I am already feeling guilty about the house not being cleaned up as much as it should be. I am exhausted from only getting fours hours of sleep though, and I have cooking classes to go to with the kids tonight. I am so tired, need more coffee. Good luck to you with keeping up with it all today.

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    1. I’m sending you virtual cake and a big cup of coffee. You’re not on your own lovely. Good luck with the cooking classes and I’m wishing you a good night’s sleep. Thanks for reading :0) x


      1. Thank you so much. It is much better today. I am running on 8 hours of sleep and I am getting ready for my daughter’s birthday party tomarrow now. The cooking classes went awesome last night was the last one but it was very successful the girls learned something and had a lot of fun.

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  8. Absolutely perfect! Busy all day with nothing grand to show for it. When the boys were young I used to do a dash round the house to make it look like I had done something before the hubby came home. It didn’t last long and he was coming home to a war zone – He sometimes asks “what happened here”. The response he gets usually means he learns his lesson and doesn’t ask again for a while ha ha #coolmumclub x

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  9. I think you’ve outdone yourself Dawn!! I think this is possibly the best one ever?!! Perfectly sums up every second of my day!! I’m on a ‘one child at nursery’ day today, and MA is just about to go to bed (the only 2 hours I get to myself a week,) and I’m looking at the floor (can’t really see it, it’s covered in toys,) the bathrooms are filthy, washing needs putting away, but I’m not going to do any of it, because it never looks any better so I won’t waste my time! I spend the 2 hours blogging or napping-something that makes me happy!! And my husband always wants a summary of our day, which always consists of pretty much… Nothing!!
    Amazing post!

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    1. Aw thanks very much! I think, judging by the comments, that we all seem to be in this same scenario. I’m going to take a leaf from your book and just chill out when I get the (very unfrequent) opportunity. Life’s too short, and the hubby will never know as it will look exactly the same when he comes in anyway, except that his wife will be slightly less grizzly and slightly more full of cake! #winningatlife 🙂


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