Today I was a stay-at-home mom, both boys were home sick and I couldn’t possibly hand them off to my parents while I was at work, although, it certainly would be payback from all the days my parents made me weed, wash the moldings, and comb the fringe on the carpets but I digress.
No, it wasn’t a Ferris Buellers’ Day Off sick day but it has been two years since I went back to work, and it took no time getting into the swing of things, although like the ocean a flood of emotions came crashing down with all the things I love about staying home and all the things I hate about staying home.
When I’m at home…
I was able to sit down for a few minutes to actually play with my children.
I could wake up and get to the gym at a normal hour.
I had more time to get ready, not feeling rushed.
I made more of an effort to make dinner, and not just warm something up.
I ate less, I wasn’t obsessed with food. I guess the work day is so structured I gauge it by my meals.
But I also…
Hated being a camp counselor, keeping the boys occupied was a challenge, dudes – you’re sick lay on the couch!
Hated having my name called 30 times in one minute.
Worried too much about every inch of the house – laundry, dishes, vacuuming, dusting… ugh! When I‘m at work I could care less, suddenly one day off and I was buzzing around like, well my mother.
Thought Homework duty was hard! These kids have a lot of work to do; my husband is a champ for taking this on.
Forgot to drink my water, since I’m not sitting at a desk all day I forgot constantly!
Overall the day was, well in some ways productive, I did four loads of laundry, washed, dried, folded, and put away, I cooked dinner, and I really had the chance to appreciate my boys, strep and all they are just wonderful little creatures that really make my heart sing, until I heard “MOM” for the 100th time, and I lost it.
Suffice it to say, the Stay At Home Mom and Working Mom have their own set of challenges, I get both. For me, the best compromise would be to work part-time but since that’s not on the horizon…yet, I’ll make sure I’ll get ear plugs for the next sick day.