Parental Chaos

The Great Escape | a parental chaos story

The Great Escape

This is the true story of a mama trapped with no way out and a shit load of stuff to do. (Read in the Law & Order SVU voice) This is her escape story.

Preface: I love my kids I really do but GTFO and let me have some alone time.

Reality: I love my kids and I really do treasure every moment with them. I wish I had the luxury to sleep when they sleep. But I don’t. As a woman blessed with a mind that only an entrepreneur would have, I have no chill. I Hustle or Hyde. (Get it? Hide/Hyde? It’s punny!)
Caution: I siriusly have a problem, I absolutely love puns. So beware I may start dropping them in this and future posts.

Anyways to the story:

Check out these cute babies sleeping at the same time. I can’t believe I finally got them to sleep at the same time. It’s in my bed but whatever I will take it! See normally Kbebe takes forever to fall asleep in his room and with TheDudeMan out of town, I don’t even know what to do with myself. Don’t get me started on TheSweetness, she only will sleep with the boob.

So, these two finally fall asleep and I am overjoyed! I feel accomplished and like I can do anything, except escape. I have just realized that I have gotten myself into a situation that I’m not sure I wanted. How am I supposed to get away from two sleeping kids without waking them up? I’m in the middle under the same blanket, what was I thinking? Help!


Meanwhile, I am in a group message with several other moms and texting them about my struggle. One suggests that I go through the bottom of the covers. Easier said than done but I am willing to try. I ease myself slowly under the covers and the unthinkable happens.

the great escape

They both move! Ahh, I take a photo to document this with my momfriends and experience instant regret. Please, please, please don’t wake up! I inch my way down under the covers and quickly pull my head through. Terrified I look around and slink off the bed, is this real life?


Finally, I emerge triumphant, grateful that I took these photos (rough as they are) as my friends fall over laughing at me. I don’t care that they laugh at my faces because I’m free! No husband at home, both kids down for the night, and I still have plenty of time before I need to be in bed.


Then, as I quietly sneak out of the room I am anxious to get to work with a glass of wine in my hand. Yeah right…as most parents know once you escape the parental chaos you don’t actually sit down and do what you need to do. You binge watch Netflix!

This is my story, share it at will, laugh at my faces, and be thankful. Parenthood is a journey full of terror, excitement, and lots of love. I wouldn’t change a thing about being a mom even as the babies are calling me now. Make your own memories and tell the world your story.

the great escape

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6 thoughts on “The Great Escape | a parental chaos story”

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  • Warm N Fuzzie December 30, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Haha the struggle is real! This story resonates all too well with me.

    1. bryttanyhyde December 30, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Haha that good old #momlife amirite? 😂

      1. Warm N Fuzzie December 31, 2016 at 4:11 am


  • noonetocompare December 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Haha so true, Netflix is awesome! Great read, thanks for sharing!

    1. bryttanyhyde December 30, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you for reading! ❤️


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