The nightmare of the night before my first day at work

I had a vision.

Me striding down George Street for my first day of work in 12 months. I was confident, clear headed, and ready to put my best foot forward. I stifled a cheeky smile as I became caught up in the city buzz buoying me faster to my destination. I was wearing my new black trousers and black and white ballerina top that reminded me of Curly-locks. My hair looked sleek, my makeup was perfection.

I replayed this vision over in my head as I nestled into my pillow last Sunday night. You’ll be fine tomorrow, I told myself as I drifted off to sleep.

And then it happened.

Disaster.

Not even 20 minutes after I laid my head on my pillow, Curly-locks, my three-year-old, let out a desperate cry into the night. I shot out of bed like a bullet and raced to her room to find her, her bed, and the carpet splattered with vomit. I was greeted with a vomit onto my chest and into, wait for it, my freshly washed, blow-dried AND straightened hair as she struggled to climb into my arms to be rescued.

‘I bomited, Mummy,’ she cried.

‘Teddy has bomit on him!’

Into the shower she went as Dave attempted to console her. Reeking of vomit as I changed her sheets and scrubbed the carpet, I could see my vision disintegrating right before my eyes.

I tucked Curly-locks into her fresh sheets, had a quick shower, and tucked myself in close to midnight. I was confident I could still get a good night’s sleep.

How wrong I was?!

The night continued in a similar pattern with more soiled sheets, pjs, and Curly-locks’ back up Teddy copping a beating.

After putting her into bed with Dave around 4am, I crept downstairs to get a little shut-eye on the couch.

When my alarm went off at 5.15am, I felt like I was waking up from the world’s biggest hangover. My eyes were burning, my head was pounding.

The confident, clear headed woman in my vision was a distant memory. I stared at myself in the mirror and cried. Why? Why last night of all nights?

I showered, did my hair again, put my face on and arranged for my superstar mother-in-law to look after the girls.

As I left for my first day of work in 12 months, I was far from the confident and clear headed woman in my dreams. I was freaked out, strung out and exhausted.

First day of work on next to no sleep. Arrgghh!

First day of work on next to no sleep. Arrgghh!

I survived the day though and even went back the next day for more.

Rockin it ;)

Rockin it πŸ˜‰

I think I’m going to like this working mum gig. So far so good πŸ™‚

Tell me I’m not the only one who has crazy stuff like this happen to them before an important event πŸ™‚

63 comments on The nightmare of the night before my first day at work

  1. Rachael
    September 12, 2013 at 6:13 am (4 years ago)

    Oh no!!!! That is just the sort of thing that happens to me. Why does life do this??? You looked fabulous btw. I’m glad you really enjoyed it too. When you were talking about the city energy in your vision i almost missed it for a millisecond…but then it went away. The can beachside life is for me πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 12, 2013 at 6:38 am (4 years ago)

      Oooh I would trade the city for the beach any day too, Rachael! Isn’t crazy how cruel life can be sometimes?! We all get through it though πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping in x

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  2. Bec | Mumma Tells
    September 12, 2013 at 7:40 am (4 years ago)

    What an introduction to the working Mumma caper!?! You poor things. Happy to hear that things are somewhat smoother now – thankfully! And you do look brilliant! X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 12, 2013 at 2:19 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Bec. Yes it sure was a full on introduction. If I survived this week, I can survive anything πŸ™‚ x

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  3. Mel
    September 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm (4 years ago)

    You know what’s funny…I read your FB post about Curly Locks being sick and thought how awful it would be for you. That night the exact same thing happens with my three year old at our place. Vomiting episodes involving multiple changes of sheets, pjs etc through the night plus very little sleep. I didn’t have to work the next day though! How did you do it!? Super star mum!!! Enjoy being back at work.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 12, 2013 at 2:19 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh Mel! You poor thing. It’s awful isn’t it?! And exhuasting for everyone. I hope your little one is fighting fit again πŸ™‚

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  4. Pip
    September 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm (4 years ago)

    It’s murphy’s law how unpredictable life is isn’t it! Poor little blossom (and poor big blossom)! Well looking sensational and professional regardless of the zzzzz – so happy you made it there and came back to tell the story. All the best with the juggle – at least you’re equipped with ONE ESSENTIAL ITEM – humour πŸ™‚ xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol thanks Pip. I’m always good at having a laugh at myself πŸ™‚ xx

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  5. Michelle
    September 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm (4 years ago)

    But you know what, when I saw you, the hair looked great and I had no idea. so you hid it well!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 12, 2013 at 8:35 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Thanks Michelle. I don’t know if you’d say the same thing if you saw me later that day. I had the serious zombie look going on πŸ™‚

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  6. Stevie
    September 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm (4 years ago)

    So typical isn’t it! And probably not the last time it will happen, unfortunately.

    It’s great you are happy to be back at work. For me, one of the best things about working was getting to enjoy a full coffee, mine always ends up cold at home. And it’s fun trotting around the city on your own (I used to work on George Street too), and doing some cheeky clothes shopping in my lunch break. Maybe I need to go back to work too!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm (4 years ago)

      Haha Stevie. Yep, I can’t wait to do some clothes shopping in my lunch break and lunch with friends without having the kids distract me … oh and you know work hard too πŸ˜‰

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  7. Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
    September 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm (4 years ago)

    ohmygod Renee!!!! You poor thing! Why is it ALWAYS when you need it the least (though seriously, who ever really NEEDS vomit on them and in their hair? GROSS!). Glad you are going to like the working mummy thing, I hope it gives you some adult time and a good work/life balance. xo Aroha

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 12, 2013 at 8:38 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Aroha πŸ™‚ Yep, vomit in the hair is just not cool – EVER πŸ˜‰ xx

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  8. Andrea
    September 12, 2013 at 8:08 pm (4 years ago)

    You are super woman/mummy extraordinaire!! Just think, if you can through one day on oneish hour sleep, imagine what you can get done having that much sleep every night? You could take over the world!! (imagine maniacal laughing….) I’ve not really thought this one through have I? must be the average 5 hours a night sleep I get…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm (4 years ago)

      Haha yeah I could seriously get some stuff done – and it wouldn’t be housework, it would be blogging πŸ™‚ I don’t know about being a superwoman. It’s just what us mums do xx

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  9. Andrea
    September 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm (4 years ago)

    And your photos crack me up – but seriously, you look great! πŸ™‚ xxxx
    and I hope little poppet is feeling much better x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm (4 years ago)

      She is darling, but her daddy is not πŸ™ Glad you like the pics. My hands look like the man hands that woman in a Seinfeld ep had, but hey ho πŸ˜‰ xx

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  10. Julie
    September 12, 2013 at 9:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh. That is what I call terrible timing. You look great though, and backing up two days in a row… supermum!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 2:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Thanks Julie. I don’t know about that. We just have to do what we do, don’t we?! πŸ™‚

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  11. Becky from BeckyandJames.com
    September 12, 2013 at 10:07 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m pretty sure it’s a rule that stuff like this happen the night before something big and/or important. If you’re not rocking up exhausted then it’s not really worth it. I hope your little one is feeling better and you are feeling well rested and still loving the working mum caper!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Becky! Yes, I’m sure that’s a rule too. The universe can be cruel sometimes πŸ˜‰

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  12. Alana
    September 12, 2013 at 10:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh no! What timing! You still looked fabulous though; and I’m glad you are enjoying being back at work.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Alana. I know! What are the chances?! πŸ˜‰

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  13. Kymmie @ a day in the life of us
    September 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Well done you! And you even look fabulous. But. Motherhood. The timing sounds EXACTLY right.

    I think I’m going to call you superwoman from now on! xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Thanks Kymmie. I don’t know about being superwoman. I think it’s more crazy woman x πŸ™‚

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  14. Kathy
    September 13, 2013 at 6:37 am (4 years ago)

    Good on you Renee – what a horror story, but sounds like work is going well – first week down today.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m only three days thankfully, Kathy. So grateful. I don’t think I could have lasted a full week πŸ™‚

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  15. Lydia C. Lee
    September 13, 2013 at 6:52 am (4 years ago)

    Good for you – and you look great for no sleep!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lydia. It’s amazing what a truckload of makeup can do πŸ˜‰

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  16. Lara @ This Charming Mum
    September 13, 2013 at 7:08 am (4 years ago)

    Oh well done for getting there at all! Kids are just so unpredictable. It’s definitely the hardest part of being a working mum. You look great though – and confident. Go you!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lara. Yes, that unpredictability can be so tough at times. Ahh well. They keep us on our toes πŸ™‚

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  17. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    September 13, 2013 at 7:13 am (4 years ago)

    Oh honey, you could just about guarantee something like that was going to happen, couldn’t you? It’s just a little joke from the universe, I think.
    You looked absolutely gorgeous, and I’m sure they were happy you made it on your first day. Snaps to you for doing the working mum thing too Renee. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lisa, you gorgeous girl. Yes, it would just have to be my luck. She has been healthy for the last 12 months too. I don’t think many are escaping this gastro bug running through Brissie at the moment.

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  18. Neets
    September 13, 2013 at 7:35 am (4 years ago)

    Oh Renee, you poor thing! I bet your colleagues were none the wiser. I hope curly locks got over her bomitting – it sure has been going around. Can I just say, you were rockin’ it – you look fabulous. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Neets. You’re a sweetie. Yes, they were none the wiser thankfully xx

      Reply
  19. Joanne
    September 13, 2013 at 8:03 am (4 years ago)

    Oh this story made me laugh. I always thought it was a pretty good day if I managed to escape the house without a wipe of snot, vomit or weeties on me. But you look radiant. Not a snot in site. Bravo http://www.poppiesforme.blogspot.com

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm (4 years ago)

      Haha, so true, Joanne. I know not to ever wear silk or anything easy to stain when I’m working lol.

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  20. Becc
    September 13, 2013 at 8:23 am (4 years ago)

    Murphy’s Law is at it again!
    Not the start you wanted, I am sure, but so happy you are now enjoying being back at work. I’m not sure I would be so happy about it!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes, well it’s only three days down, Becc, so we’ll see how we go. Fingers crossed it continues to go well.

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  21. Sam Stone @ A Life on Venus
    September 13, 2013 at 8:54 am (4 years ago)

    Oh no Renee! I hope your little lady and bear are doing much better now πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm (4 years ago)

      They are thanks, Sam. What a week!

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  22. Lizzy Allan
    September 13, 2013 at 11:21 am (4 years ago)

    Oh no! you poor thing! But you look gorgeous in your work outfits and it sounds like you survived it and came out the other side. When stuff like this happens to me, I always try to remember that bad experiences make good stories … just like this one! Hope you love your new job πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Great way to look at it, Lizzy Allen. Thanks πŸ™‚

      Reply
  23. Kim @ spirited mama
    September 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm (4 years ago)

    OMG – I don’t get the vomiting much but welcome to my life – i’m used to feeling like i’ve had no sleep now … in fact i feel hyperactive if i ever get the right amount.

    Hope it continues to go well honey, kimx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Thanks Kim. Yes, it’s amazing how little sleep we can survive on now x

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  24. Lynda - all about mama
    September 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I feel for your Renee. The vomiting in the middle of the night is hard going even if you don’t have to get up and go to outside work – so i can imagine how hard it was for you. I really don’t travel well coping on a few hours sleep – its like you are in a horrible hazy daze and all you want is for the day to end :-). Glad to hear your little girl is better and you looked wonderful – I’m sure nobody had any idea of your late night escapade!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm (4 years ago)

      God yeah, it really knocks you for a six doesn’t it? I felt like a total zombie πŸ™‚

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  25. Blue Zone
    September 13, 2013 at 6:47 pm (4 years ago)

    Kids and illness really does happen at the worst times. Always!
    Congrats on returning to work.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 13, 2013 at 8:29 pm (4 years ago)

      It does, doesn’t it?! Thanks very much!

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  26. Tara@Gluten Free Hart
    September 15, 2013 at 12:24 am (4 years ago)

    7 words.. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger
    You SO totally rocked your first day back. You go girl.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 15, 2013 at 6:41 am (4 years ago)

      Lol, Tara. I am always saying that!! Thanks for your kind words πŸ™‚

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  27. Maxabella
    September 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm (4 years ago)

    You are TOTALLY rocking it and, sadly, this is the thing we rock. The best laid plans and all that. Good luck with it all and keep that positive loving going! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 16, 2013 at 9:11 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Maxabella. I kept telling myself, ‘stay strong sister’ πŸ˜‰ x

      Reply
  28. Me
    September 16, 2013 at 8:20 am (4 years ago)

    Sorry I’m so late in reading this !!! You look amazing in those photos !! Sorry to hear you had such a rough night – but at least it can only get better from there !!!
    I hope Curl-Locks is much better !
    Have a great week !
    Me

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 16, 2013 at 9:11 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Linda. Yes, she’s fighting fit now thanks. This week is starting off much better thank God. Hope you’re having a good one πŸ™‚

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  29. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    September 16, 2013 at 8:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh huni – you poor thing. Its that damn Murphy in action you know. I have to tell you though, you look pretty damn good for someone with no sleep. You go girl, you are rocking this working mum gig and it will get easier πŸ˜‰ xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 16, 2013 at 9:12 pm (4 years ago)

      Awww thanks so much, Sonia. All I can say is glasses hide a multitude of bags under the eyes πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  30. Zanni Louise
    September 16, 2013 at 10:22 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh no! What a way to start! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 17, 2013 at 8:48 pm (4 years ago)

      It was not fun at all, Zanni, but we got through okay x

      Reply
  31. Deb @ home life simplified
    September 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm (4 years ago)

    It happened so you would see that even with the worst night ever you would still be ok. If it had gone like your vision you would forever be wondering if you could handle work AND bad home stuff. You rocked it. Hoping your daughter is all better and you get tons of sleep as needed xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 18, 2013 at 6:22 am (4 years ago)

      Deb, trust you to find an extremely positive way of looking at things πŸ™‚ xx

      Reply

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