Bitching Hour. Not actually an hour, but roughly the time between 5-7pm when you’ve got kids to feed, bathe, dress and sedate so they will go the fuck to sleep.
In my house this is when all the major league unpleasant shit goes down. Hair is pulled, limbs are bitten, food is thrown and toys are smashed. And that’s just me. The kids are tearing round the house killing each other and I am furiously shaking the TV remote to crank up the news and tune out the deafening sound. Wine is poured. So much wine.
Whilst in this time vortex I’m usually feeling pretty tired and shitty from the long day I’ve just had. The noise is just that bit more irritating than earlier in the day and the tantrums are epic so it’s stress city. If I’ve gone all Betty Fucking Crocker in the kitchen that afternoon and cooked something healthy and kid friendly, I’m pretty aggravated when the little turds won’t even take one bite. Out come the two minute noodles or the eggs on toast. Depending on my mood and ability to cope, it might even be cornflakes. Corn is a fucking vegetable OK? In fact, it’s a vegetable, fruit AND a grain so the haters can suck me sideways.
After dinner when the kids are running around nude and wiping sticky fingers all over the walls, the dog may be licking the toddlers bum because he’s chopped off a length in the hallway. I need more wine. And then more wine again when I’m on on my hands and knees cleaning up shit and realise he’s put himself in the empty bath and slid down the side leaving a nice brown stripe on my tub. The older one decides now is a good time to also do a poo and makes me sit there for the entire performance while my eyes are watering from the stench. It’s only 5.45pm. I bathe them slowly….until the water is so cold they’ve turned blue and are shivering. It’s still only 6.15pm. I need to be saved from myself. More wine. I dress them if I can catch them. But they streak off to all corners of the house, hide in the curtains and giggle hysterically.
I grab hold of one and wrestle them into their pyjamas, then set off for the other one. Only then do I discover the other one has attacked the makeup drawer and smashed all my eyeshadow into one glittery pile, put the lids on my lipsticks without winding them down and tried on ALL of the expensive perfumes. There is a massive puddle of water in the middle of the room from fuck knows what. The little one is shaking the sides of his cot and screaming from sheer exhaustion, so I slam dunk him into bed. I skip the story because that’s a bird in the hand and he won’t remember anyway.
The end is fucking nigh.
I read a book to the one who is too smart to let you skip it. I fill up the drink bottle, put on the socks, turn on the night light and tickle the little back singing twinkle twinkle fucking star. IF I am lucky she goes to sleep and it’s 7ish. If I am unlucky then I will be back and forth up the hallway seventeen times making sure the right socks are on, the correct toy is in the bed, the light isn’t too bright, the cupboard door isn’t open a crack, the tickles are completed in a semi-circle fashion not a clockwise fashion, the pyjamas are not too hot or too cold and the sheets are tucked in just right. I pour more wine and then sit down to breathe.
Then The Husband walks in and wakes both of them up because the dogs start barking.
“How was your day?”.