Monday, April 20, 2009

Stay-At-Home Mommy – The Easy Life (Not)

I took the day off work today and got play with the kids all day. We hosted a playdate. Q-ster and his little friend ran around the house waving lightsabers, while Buster toddled around, weaving and wavering in direction, looking all the world like Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. We had a healthy lunch. We read stories, played with puzzles, cleaned up the playroom, and folded laundry. We made dinner so that it would be ready when my husband came home from work.

What are all the stay-at-home moms complaining about? It was an easy day!

Hahahaha. I was pretty excited when I saw SwingDaddy walk up the driveway and was the first to yell, “Daddy’s home!” I handed off the kids and was able to use the bathroom in peace. Small mercies. No matter how nutty things get at work, at least one can count on getting a few key moments of privacy.

It was a fun for all of us and I enjoyed perks of being at home, but I am more impressed than ever by the levels of endurance required of moms and dads who are 24/7 caretakers. Three cheers for you!

Our nanny is away for the next four weeks, and we are entering a barrage of alternate care plans. SwingDaddy’s taking tomorrow off work, we’re trying out backup daycare at the office for a day for Q-ster, and then we are rescued by a whole series of loving grandparents. Grateful, grateful, grateful . . .

5 comments:

appleseed said...

Yeah...This conversation -and the many variations of it- irks me to no end every time
THEM: What do you do?
ME: I'm a stay at home mom.
THEM: Oh, you don't work then...
ME (sometimes just in my head): No, I just don't get paid.

On good days I smile and say I get paid in hugs and kisses...

I hate the inference that I don't contribute to society by not earning a paycheck... took a while to get over it myself...grumble grumble

Can't help but feel a bit smug reading your post, but am very glad you had a nice day! Best wishes and good luck in your child care arrangements! I'd help if I was closer...

Amber said...

I am doing the at-home mom gig while I'm on mat leave, but I live for daycare days. I'm a seasoned enough mom that I can handle one kid pretty easily, it's being alone all day with the two of them that I still struggle with.

Mayberry said...

I always feel SO proud of myself when I have a day like that ... 'cause it's so not the norm!!

Kimberly said...

I work part time and I have to say there are days when I cannot WAIT to get back to the office. Then again, when I'm here at work, I miss my kids and look forward to getting home to see them. Both "sides" of the fence are fraught with challenges.

YF said...

i agreee w/ mayberry, i was going to say the same thing, as a SAHM, the days that I have dinner on the table for hubby, clean and cook healthy food and do educational activities with Fi can probably be counted on one hand. xoxxo C