i've survived 3 whole weeks as a full-time stay at home mom. i took care of two kids. everyday. all day. by myself. for 3 straight weeks! and no one gave me a medal. oh right, it's my job now. i don't get any special award for merely doing my job. but i do get lots of hugs and kisses throughout the day. i suppose that's a nice perk that's not readily available at other workplaces - except for that one company where i used to work, and often felt like i was a wallflower at a college fraternity/sorority mixer... (here's my linkedin profile - you guess which one).
i know there's the perception that being a SAHM is a cushy, privileged job that most mothers would love to have, but it just doesn't come naturally to me. this is the only job that i've had that i haven't excelled at from the start. but it's a challenge. and i like challenges so i'm going to try approaching it with that lens. i am learning and adapting as i go.
here are 10 things that i've learned as a SAHM in the past 3 weeks
1. there is no need for an expensive gym membership while caring for a 23 lb baby who is teething and wants to be held ALL the time - i am now 5 lbs under my pre-pregnancy weight and my arms are more toned than they've ever been.
2. contrary to popular belief, you cannot literally scare the crap out of someone. i tried and it didn't work.
3. barney is a very educational TV show. and i'm not just saying that because i've backtracked on my strict no-TV during the week rule. really.
4. i hate the crunch of cheerios under my bare feet on the hardwood floors.
5. i no longer care if aspartame will give me cancer or make me grow 3 heads. i need my daily diet coke fix.
6. the kids don't care about my schedule. one or both of them will inevitably sleep in only when we have to be somewhere at a certain time.
7. i need to choose my battles. does it really matter if my kid is wearing a pink striped shirt with green floral capris and rainboots? yes! <sigh> i mean... no.
8. my daughter is just like me. and that's not always a good thing.
9. my hubby would be a better stay at home parent than i am. if only i could convince him to take the job.
10. we didn't pay our former nanny enough.