And So We Continue

February 8, 2011

So this stay at home mom gig… it’s a lot of work.  And, quite frankly, there are days where I find myself battling unbelievable boredom/frustration/loneliness/insert negative emotion here… but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  I’ve been “officially” working as a full-time mama for just over 18 weeks now, and while that seems like a remarkably short period of time on paper, it has felt like an entire other lifetime after 27 years of living differently.

Today is shaping up to have all the markings of a ‘hard’ day.  I am sick.  My baby is sick.  It snowed (and is still snowing) and is barely into single digits outside.  I have yet to shower (and to be completely honest, I don’t know that I will get around to it today.)  And it has been no fewer than 8 days since I last worked out.  That’s more than a week, and no, I’m not pregnant again.  On top of it all, I ate half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast, and I don’t ‘do’ carbs.  Except that now I do.  Because you know what?  They’re cheap… and it’s almost impossible to pack a south-beach friendly lunch for a husband who thrives on culinary variety.  Oh, sorry honey, it’s a breadless tuna sandwich on romaine lettuce with tomato slices and a hunk of cheese … again.  Yeah, that didn’t last too long.  And so we have bread in our home once again.  And darn it, I eat it.  Can’t help myself.

So as I type, straining unconsciously to hear a wheezy, sneezy baby from the next room and hoping (praying!) he stays asleep for 10 more minutes, I want to share a few fabulous finds from around the internets… proof that other women are doing this job and doing it well… and living to laugh about it.  And to look incredibly stylish and/or crafty while doing it.  So enjoy.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be over at FlyLady engaging in a speed vacuuming competition while pondering the wisdom of chasing a pb n j breakfast with a grilled cheese lunch.  Or maybe watching the Bachelor on Hulu while nursing.  So sue me.

2 Comments

  • Reply Sarah Harkins February 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Hi Jen, You are right, the stay at home job is not glamorous, especially at first, but I think it gets more interesting and enjoyable the more kids you have. When my husband and I lived in Highlands Ranch, we only had one baby and boy was it boring/lonely, etc. Now that we have three, it definitely is better. I hope your little one gets better soon! I’m new to your blog, but I just love your writing. It makes me laugh 😀

  • Reply SBCE February 10, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Everyones experience of motherhood is different.

    My first baby involved peaceful times of nursing and cuddling and doing chores when she slept. Now that we have a new infant, and the sweet baby girl is now a wild and crazy toddler. Needless to say the experience is somewhat different!

    Snuggling and cuddling times are now limited for both children given the astronomical amount of chores needing done. It is either that or we don’t eat dinner or have clean clothes.

    If I were not so tired I’d really miss my exercise time.

    AMGD, right? :)

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