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I’m convinced that Melissa Gorga did not mean for these rules to apply to a mom of a wee little infant and a tantruming two-year-old.

She must have meant them for moms of older children. Older, more well-behaved children who sleep through the night and clean up after themselves. And cook dinner.

At least I’d like to think that. I mean there’s really no possible way to do EVERYTHING Melissa suggests in a 24-hour day. I’m accomplishing the basic parts of her strategy, but certain pieces are falling through the cracks in these last two weeks.

For example, exercising, which is suggested in order to keep myself looking fit for my hubby.

When I’m not pregnant, I am an avid runner. I have been slowly easing back into it, but since this experiment started, I think I’ve gone maybe three times. In two weeks. Normally I would go four times per week. But there is just no time!

I used to go in the mornings while my husband and daughter were eating breakfast. Usually the baby would still be asleep or contentedly hanging out in his vibrating chair. 

Now, my mornings are spent serving cereal. Fetching coffee. Making my husband’s lunch. Not wearing my favorite fuzzy blue robe. All weird stuff that I never used to do. So obviously, I have less time at my disposal. This has meant a lot less running.

I also used to read books and watch my own TV shows. Now I’m stuck watching hockey so I can spend time with my beloved husband.

Yes, I can read a book while he’s watching TV, but it’s hard for me to concentrate. It’s just not the same as being curled up in bed ALONE with a book. Or being curled up in bed ALONE with some General Hospital or The Young and the Restless. (If spending nights each with our separate TiVoed shows is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right.)

Don’t even get me started on how I haven’t finished an episode of The Real Housewives of Miami in two weeks. I thought maybe tonight would be the night, but nope. It will just have to wait. Much like Adriana’s wedding guests had to. (I saw a spoiler on Watch What Happens Live.)

For Day 15 of The Melissa Gorga Experiment, we spent the evening as we so often do during the fall and winter months- my husband watching hockey and me doing anything else besides watching hockey.

Since we were out of booze, I was stumped on what to offer him as he sat in the recliner watching the Flyers. “Would you like some…tea?” I offered hesitantly.

“That would be nice,” he said.

“Okay, what kind?” I asked.

“Surprise me,” he answered.

I toyed with the idea of brewing him a cup of my Mother’s Milk lactation tea, but then thought, would Melissa Gorga do that? 

I think not.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. At the risk of you going all Tamra on me and throwing your glass of wine at the computer screen, what about the idea of working out while he’s watching TV….. or instead of you watching something else.

    I struggle sometimes with the pull of trashy TV vs. sitting on my bike and cranking out a good sweat. Especially if I’ve had a bad day, spent an hour in traffic, and all I want to do is pour a cocktail and stare at a 60 inch screen.

    More often than not though, I end of dragging my sorry ass on the bike, and give it 30 mins (or half of a Housewives episode). I always, ALWAYS feel better after 30 mins on the bike. I wish I could say the same for investing 60 minutes with the Housewives. 🙂

    • Agreed re: wasting an hour on a dumb episode of Housewives. Maybe I will start to do my situps and pushups at night while he’s watching TV. Beyond that, I’m really more of a morning workout gal, unfortunately. It’s like if I don’t get it done right away…there’s no hope! Although if I had a bike for right in front of the TV, that would certainly make it easier.

  2. I think you really need to get that run in 4x a week…. that’s not being selfish it’s being sane…. forget Melissa Gorga for that time of the day! You’ll end up resenting all you do for everyone

    • I agree Jane. You can still treat your hubby like a king, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of your own well-being and sanity (which goes part and parcel with exercise).

      • I’m going to third this thought 🙂 Get the run in! How about a high school girl “mother’s helper” for a bit? I try that some afternoons from 3-5pm so that I can cook an actual meal. I was going to suggest taking up knitting, since that’s what I do when watching movies with my husband… but I’m not sure you’re the knitting type? If you are, it’s a thought since it would be something productive!

        • Kitty, I wish I could knit 🙁 My sister tried to teach me once, and I got halfway through a scarf. I’d love to start up again. Great idea! Maybe that will be my winter hobby.

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