I have been a stay at home mom now for over 5 years and I have learned quite a lot about what that means to the common person. In common I mean as those who have never been a stay at home mom. As much as I hate to admit it, I used to be one of the “common” folk and if you would have asked me back then what was the first thing that came to my mind when thinking about a stay at home mom, the shit from my mouth might have been as follows…
They get to sleep in. Let’s face it all babies and toddlers sleep well past the peak of dawn hours. They never need a thing and can relatively take care of themselves from the time they are born. Therefore leaving mom to wake when she feels rested and ready to bring on the day. No coffee needed for she got a full 12 hours of sleep.
They wear pajamas all day. With nothing to do and nowhere to go it’s only predictable that they must only wear pajamas. All the kids live in their pajamas too. It’s like one big pajama party!
They get to watch TV all day, everyday. All the kids are so well behaved and never take part in any form of shenanigans. Therefore, freeing up time for mom to pop her feet up and catch up on all her DVRed shows from the night before. She doesn’t have time to watch TV at night cause she is too busy sleeeeeping.
They play on the internet…when they aren’t busy watching TV. Without any interruption from the little people this allows mom to chat with friends on Facebook and work on her blog. The information highway is at her fingertips and she intends to use every undisturbed thought from start to finish.
How being a stay at home mom really plays out…
WTF is sleeping in? If I am lucky my kids might sleep until 7am. But that doesn’t mean that they have slept all night. Sometimes they wake in the night for whatever reason whether it be a monster in the closet or their tummy hurts. Often times all 3 of mine will wake at different intervals during the night and I have to tend to whatever is ailing them. Last night one of them had to go poop in the middle of the night. She decided to wake her sister so that they could both come in and wake me to inform me of the exciting event. This was sometime about 2am. I was woke again at 6am because same child had diarrhea. Nothing like waking up to that. It’s a glorious life.
Pajamas all day? Now I will admit to doing this on occasion. I justify it by cutting down on the laundry. Do you know how many clothes 3 toddlers can go through? But if it’s a school day or we have places to go then of course them and myself get dressed. Mind you dressed for me sometimes is sweat or yoga pants which yes I have been known to sleep in but I at least put on a clean pair to leave the house in.
TV? In the “spare” time that I do have I am usually doing something pertaining to blogging. I have so many shows DVRed that I have had to weed through and delete stuff because it’s almost reached 100% storage capacity. At night after I put the kids to bed I literally have to tape my eyes open to stay awake just so that I can get a couple hours to myself. This is usually when I take a bath or shower, and try to catch up on some reading. TV is always last on my list. And then when I do crawl into bed I can’t fall asleep…I am exhausted but my mind is making lists of everything I need to do the next day. And just as I close my eyes and drift off to dreamland there’s someone slapping me in the face saying, “Mommy! I….”
Internet? Yes I am on the internet throughout the day. Usually in the mornings when, soon, all 3 of my little monsters will be in school! MONDAY! But who’s counting the days?…….ME, I AM! Right now every train of thought is interrupted at least a dozen times by the asking of if it’s snack time yet!?!? And then as soon as I pick them up from school the chaos of my day begins. Lunch, cleaning at least a dozen messes, laundry, housework (the house isn’t self cleaning), breaking up battles, grocery shopping, making dinner, cleaning more messes, sports activities, baths, getting them ready for bed and the struggles that coincide with that. It’s a busy life…and although I might not CONSTANTLY be moving I am however immersed in taking care of this household. I made a choice to be a stay at home mom. And I have never regretted that choice…well maybe that one time when one of my littles decided to decorate everything with his poop…
Proud To Be A SAHM,
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