Being a stay at home mom is such a blessing, and I am so thankful that I can be at home with my son every day. As much as it is a blessing, it is also far more of a challenge than most give it credit for. I remember while pregnant, telling my husband “being a stay at home mom is going to be easy! The house will always be clean and I will have everything done, and dinner will be on the table as you walk in the door!”.
The most “cleaning” that gets done during the day happens when I put two dishes in the dishwasher before my son notices and comes wobbling over in an attempt to crawl inside the dishwasher. And my son LOVES helping me fold laundry… as in.. he likes grabbing the newly folded piles and tossing them all over the floor. What about during naptime you say? Naptime is for showering, answering emails, kind of trying to make myself presentable looking, trying to make food without waking my son, and on especially exhausting days, nap time is well… for napping. My son is a little ball of one year old energy and if I’m not playing with him, staring at him, or within reaching distance of him, there.. will.. be.. trouble.
Oh but it doesn’t end there. I also work from home. I take care of all new customer accounts, processing wholesale orders, and managing social media for Ulubulu Baby Products. If you’ve spent as much time at Target as I do, I’m sure you’ve seen our products in the baby aisles. It’s incredibly difficult sometimes to be a stay at home mom while also working from home, but I have been so blessed with this opportunity and I mean, you can never have too many free pacifiers, right?
It gets better! I’m also attending college! I’m taking 2-3 online classes per semester, slowly working my way towards a psychology degree. So somewhere in between being a mom, wife, and employee, I also have to find time to be a student. Need I explain why I usually wake up exhausted?
My life has become a giant balancing act between baby, work, play, school, family, and friends. It is stressful and chaotic, but it is also incredibly rewarding. At the end of the day I might have a few emails that will go unopened until tomorrow. I might have a sink full of dishes, and a couch full of laundry loads that I just could.not.bring myself to fold. I might be tired and overdue for a pedicure. I might take a few too many days to write a new blog post, and I might only skim read my school assignment. Dinner might be 30 minutes behind schedule and missing a main food group. But at the end of the day, my son is happy, my husband is happy, and I am happy. And that’s really all I need.
Before I had my son I used to think stay at home moms did nothing, but sit at home doing really nothing. Was I ever wrong! I have gained a new respect for stay at home mothers since becoming one myself. Specially ones that have multiple children and stay at home doing online school courses. Those mothers seriously deserve trophies!!! Its funny how your perspective and ideas change with age. I am happy to say being both a working mom and a stay at home mom is equally tiring and rewarding. Though staying at home these days makes me feel like my friends without kids have forgotten about me. Which is okay because some of them wouldn’t get my references to kid shows and jokes. haha
Thank you for such a great comment! I completely agree with everything you said. I think that both stay at home moms and working moms should all respect eachother, becauuse lets face it.. being a mom can be a challenge no matter what your days consist of! And i know what you mean about friends without kids– I often feel pretty alone..hoping that as my son gets older and more involved in various activities that I will be able to meet some quality mommy friends 🙂