Mothers with full-time jobs – I salute you.
I think that being a SAHM** (Stay At Home Mom) is hard. Seriously, backbreakingly, hard. That said, I think that being a working mom is freakingly, crazy, hard. Now, let me say this: BEING A PARENT IS AHH!!! HARD.
**Let me give a little shout out to one of my BFF’s for being a SAHD. He works his tookus off — juggling a 4 month old, a bajillion pound dog with a personality the size of Texas, completing his masters, and job hunting for when his masters is completed. So, while I use the word “Mom” in this post, I am speaking for all parents, cause this crap (sometimes literally) is hard.
I am “working” now as a childcare provider (I use quotations because it is both fun and a job, and many people wouldn’t consider it a job. Although it SO is.) and I am loving it, but I have never been this tired in my life. I am up at 5:30, out of the house by 6:45, and I am home somewhere between 4-6 pm, roughly 4 days a week.
Yesterday, I fell asleep with my daughter at 6:30 pm on the twin bed in her room. I was in bed myself at 8:30 pm (after Glee! of course). I washed one load of laundry. I ate some chips and ice cream because I couldn’t form enough of a mind to actually prepare something healthy and balanced.
I’ve totally began to cheat on my “super mom” goal. I haven’t made baby food in weeks. Our laundry is sitting on the couch and there are dishes in the sink. I’ve been taking shortcuts with meals, bathtime, etc, and I haven’t baked or cooked since Thanksgiving. It’s all I can do to keep up!
I think that being a parent is totally awesome, and totally doable — but life gets in the way. It’s so messy. Isn’t that life?
I am wishing that I would have taken more than 3 pictures in the last month, and I’m hoping I can still clean my house and get some Christmas baking in before December 25. If I don’t though, that’s okay.
I have officially joined the group of the walking dead – or the sleeping awake. Parents who are out of the house all day long … I salute you. I don’t know how you can work all day and then clean/cook/live until 11 pm.
So, as a SAHM, who has turned into a workingish mom, I pledge to lose my (slight and silent) smug demeanor that thinks that I am doing the “best thing ever” by staying at home. I never thought that working was BAD, mind you, I just thought that I am being the best by staying at home. I still think it’s important, and it will hurt if I have to be separated from my girl, but I know that as a parent you just have to do what you have to do.
Come on and admit it – if you aren’t a little bit like that, you know someone who is.
We’re all walking dead. Let’s zombie around together in harmony.