Video: Motherhood is Noisy

Here’s a 3-minute video I made, smack-dab in the middle of my real life, to talk about the noise and chaos of real-life motherhood.

IN THE COMMENTS, PLEASE SHARE: Has motherhood been more, or less, noisy and chaotic, than you expected?

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Jess Connell

Jesus-follower, Happy wife, Mom of 8 neat people. Former world-traveler, now settled in Washington. Host of Mom On Purpose podcast ( I write and wrangle kids.

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9 Responses

  1. stephanie says:

    Yes motherhood has been more chaotic than I expected, especially as I’ve had more kids. With only a couple of kids I was able to control everything pretty tightly but with 6 now, I’m trying to learn to relax and just plug away on the things that need to get done.

  2. Diana says:

    DEFINITELY more chaotic than I expected! Especially since I was an introverted only- child being raised by introvert parents!! Having just our first (an extremely noisy boy!!) was total culture shock for me. It took me YEARS to adjust (ten years in, I’m still adjusting).

    Thank you for your video! Loved it!!

  3. Laura says:

    Yes, way more noisy than I expected!! I am, and always have been, a quiet introvert who prefers sitting a comfy chair, reading a book. I worked in a library and life was pretty mellow. Then I had two boys (only 19 months apart) and life literally turned upside down for me. After those two I had a girl and she was/is much more my speed lol. My boys kept and still keep me on my toes! They are all boy and rambunctious and busy. As they get older, it has gotten slightly less rowdy or maybe I have just adjusted to it! I guess you could say I am officially a boy mom :)

    • Melissa says:

      Ooh, I hope those boys did get less rowdy! My oldest, and first boy, has been the hardest for me b/c of that great big energy thing! I love him but it really is a challenge to know how much to let the ‘boy’ stuff just be and how much to train and civilize it… Being as he’s followed by two girls and I was raised with all girls I think it’s kind of foreign and mysterious for me.

      • Sandrine says:

        I had 3 brothers and they were NOT the noisy type. But now I have 3 boys myself (and 2 girls), and yes the house is really quite noisy! As I am an introvert, and my husband as well, we are quite tired sometimes at the end of the day. The girls are less loud, but they always want to talk, so this is taking a lot of energy as well… The one thing I have to remember to stay sane is to send them all outside to spend some of their energy, even when it is snowing/freezing. Today the older boys (6 and 5) took care of the snow in the driveway all by themselves, and they did fall asleep in 30 seconds!

  4. Katie says:

    AMEN!!! One big reason I always wanted a large family is because I grew up spending a LOT of time with my homeschooling cousins (twin aunts, one had 5 children, the other had 8). I was the family surprise born ten years after my own siblings, both of whom married when I was 13, so my home was very quiet and controlled. But I LOVED the joyful chaos of my cousins’ families, and I knew I wanted that someday. Definitely, having 4 kids in 3 years (there’s a set of triplets) has shown me that the noisy chaos isn’t always joyful haha, and it’s far removed from my own upbringing. But I LOVE it! And whatever other children God blesses us with (our own, fostered, adopted, friends of our kids, etc) will be WELCOME to jump right in! Because my peace and rest comes from Him, not from those around me. : )

  5. shannon bradbury says:

    Yep!! Sounds like my home too!! Embrace the chaos!! Love this!!

  6. Beth says:

    Loved this, Jess! I can totally relate to the chaotic, noisy days of motherhood. One of my struggles is constantly trying to control the noise and mess around me instead of leaning into it and finding the beauty in it. Its always helpful to see that I’m not alone in my noise and mess! -Beth

  7. Kami Crawford says:

    This was such a good idea! Thanks for sharing how life really is. It is so true! There comes a point where you have to accept & embrace life as it is.

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