We all really DO know how she does it…..

If you are a mom, know a mom, or live with a mom, then you more than likely have heard of the movie, ‘I don’t know how she does it?’  The book turned movie starring my personal fave, Sarah Jessica Parker, was on my to-see list since the previews started rolling.  On a very RARE whim, my great gal friend, Stef, and I finally caught the flick.

What I mean by a rare WHIM is that by some stroke of luck, lots of grandparents around, and a nationally televised college football game to occupy the men and boys, Stef and I decided to catch the movie at the LAST-MINUTE!

Honestly, as a mom, when do you do anything last-minute?  I know that we probably do most of everything at the last hour while rushing around, but when do we ever just pick up and grab a movie?  ‘That was SO 11 years ago for me.’  Since I delivered my first baby in 2000, I have not picked up and done anything without INTENSE planning.

The irony does not escape me that Stef and I were able to do the impossible and sneak out last-minute to a movie, only to see the one flick that reminded us how planned our lives actually are……I do not want to give away the whole movie, but in a nutshell, SJP plays a mom who is a list-making wonder who is desperately trying to DO it all.  You will have to see the movie yourself to see the outcome (warning: there is LICE involved), however, I will let you know that I had mixed emotions leaving the film.

Although the movie shows a working mom who is attempting to balance it all, more often than not, ALL moms – working or not – are doing the same thing!  Whether we work-at-home, stay-at-home, work out of the home, travel for work or perhaps we are divorced, widowed, or single, we are ALL moms doing our best! I know there are many amazing husbands/supportive partners/stay-at-home dads out there, but plain and simple, something about being the one who gives birth places a certain amount of presumed responsibility on MOMS.

We negotiate childcare, attempt to keep our minds alive, strive to remember the woman we were before kids, care for extended family, pack lunches & flip pancakes, wipe runny noses, set up science experiments, cheer at dance and football, peek into our kids rooms at night just to make sure they are breathing, place enormous guilt on ourselves if we do not bake cookies, and make LISTS for our LISTS.  I have stayed-at-home and now work-at-home and I have to say that my LISTS are no different.

Always at the top of the list is ‘Be the best MOM that I can BE.’  Some days I am way better than others, but every day, I try!  I guess that was what I was contemplating when I was up at 3 a.m. this morning ticking off in my mind to remember ice packs in the lunch boxes, follow-up with a work phone call from Friday, wash the boy’s football uniforms, buy bananas, and write this blog.

Bottom Line, we are all trying, and we may even get LICE doing it, but we are TRYING!

Thanks to Stef for being a great last-minute date to see a movie and providing yet another point of discussion for this blog. Have an amazing week to all the Moms in my life.

I would love for you to share what is at the TOP of your LIST?


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  • Nicole Fende October 4, 2011, 12:42 PM

    Its like you read my mind Rachel! I’ve been thinking about seeing this movie, yet I was afraid all I would do is rehash my lists while watching it.

    While I love lists too, I try to keep perspective on being the best Mom (and wife, friend etc) I can. If dinner is late, or burned, or even take out we’ll all survive.
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  • Haralee October 4, 2011, 12:59 PM

    I do like SJP, so I will put iton my list to see.
    Seizing an opportunity like you did last minute is really what we all do all the time, just usually not in 2 hour increments but 10-15 minutes! Good for you! No one starved, had to be rushed to the hospital, abducted by aliens and you were entertained. Even if your husband or parent fed the kids junk food for dinner this one time, it is all OK, you are not demoted from good mother status.
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  • Elma October 5, 2011, 9:14 PM

    Yes, I have to say that seizing an opportunity like you did last minute is really what we all do all the time, just usually not in 2 hour increments but 10-15 minutes. I’ve been thinking about seeing this movie, yet I was afraid all I would do is rehash my lists while watching it too. Good for you!
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  • Rachel Blaufeld October 11, 2011, 10:43 AM

    Thanks to all of you for cute comments! Yes, I did rehash my lists a bit, but when I left I felt the need to control the list making! AND, I proved that I can do last minute plans — hip hip hooray! RB

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