Since I’ve recently changed careers, going from a 9-5 career woman to a stay at home mom, things have been quite different in my life. And since I am the only person who has ever changed from business mom to home with the kids mom, I figured that I’d give you all a little treat and do something really different . . . blog about it. I know, it’s crazy! It’s almost like I’m a . . . hmmm, what’s the term I’m looking for . . . I think I’ll call it, mommy blogging! Sounds completely unique and creative, right? And really, what could be more exciting for you than to hear all about how I take care of my kids and house all day, every day. Buckle in, folks. It’s gonna get bumpy!
Did you know that kids wake you up really early? I know, what the hell, right? I figured once I quit my job and stayed home with the kids, I’d get to sleep in late, then take a long, luxurious bath while reading a book, getting out just before I became too pruney and right before it was time for my late morning nap. But noooooo, the kids are all “F that noise!” They wake me up and expect me to feed them. Needy little bastards!
So I make a bottle for the baby and real breakfast for the older boys (I tried passing bottles all around, but they weren’t having it). Then the requisite emptying and refilling of the dishwasher (I might do about 18 loads of dishes a day . . . not sure how we dirty that many dishes!), before I can finally get a cup of coffee. Has anyone heard about moms that never get to finish their coffee and it gets all cold and they reheat it a bunch of times over the course of the day, never getting to drink it? Yeah, not me. The one thing that is non-negotiable is that I get to drink that damn cup of coffee so that I can function for the rest of the day.
Once I pack up the boys’ lunches and get them on their bus, I put the baby down for a nap and grab a quick shower. Then, obviously, I just lounge around all day with my feet up, eating bon bons while the maid serves me chilled beverages and massages my feet. Or, as my kids believe, I just watch TV all day. Ok, probably neither of those things. Depends on the day, but sometimes I run errands once the baby wakes up, rushing to get home before lunch/nap time for him (and trying to keep him awake in the car so that I actually get a nap out of him after lunch). Or, on the stay at home days, I alternate between doing laundry, cleaning up after my kids, organizing the house . . . and getting to play with the baby in his “baby jail.”
After I feed him lunch and put him down for his nap, I finally get to have my lunch, around 2:00. And yes, I sit my ass in front of the TV at this point and eat my lunch. Then I get back to cleaning up, etc. Soon after, the boys arrive home from school and the baby wakes up. This is my busiest time of the day because I’m juggling the kids’ homework, feeding the baby, making lunches, getting dinner ready and washing out bottles.
Once the kids are all fed their dinner, and if the weather is nice like it was all last week, we might go for a quick walk around the neighborhood before it gets too dark. On one such walk we saw 13 deer on the hill behind our house (yes, we counted multiple times), were attacked by bats as we walked past one house (twice), and watched the sunset on our way back home.
On days that it’s not warm and temperate, I usually just play with the baby in jail while I yell at my older boys to stop wrestling, which they ignore until someone gets an elbow in the eye and starts crying. Yep, I have boys. Good times.
Once I get the baby to bed, finish loading the rest of the dishes and wash the last bottle of the day, I finally sit down to eat my own dinner. This is the time of day that I finally get to relax. Unless there’s laundry that still needs to be folded. Or my oldest son wants to read with me (we’re working our way through Harry Potter. It has only taken us about 2 years and counting). Or my middle child wants to show me some Lego creation he has made. But otherwise, total relaxation!
So, as you can see, my life is perfection right now! Actually, I do not miss my old job at all. But I do miss certain aspects of working out of the home. I miss vacation days. I miss conversations with adults. I miss lunches out with friends. I miss time alone in my office where I can check my email, Facebook and blog. I miss being able to grocery shop by myself before coming home to the kids.
But . . . as much as I miss all of that, I wouldn’t go back if they paid me! I mean, obviously I was being paid then and now all I make is bupkis. But I do get paid in cuddles and giggles from the baby and lots of hugs from my older boys. And really, who wouldn’t want to spend every waking minute with this gorgeous boy?