Whew, school vacation week is over! That was a tough one! Between the rainy days and the lack of mobility that is life with a newborn, we were housebound a little too long for everyone's liking. And now my remaining 3 weeks of maternity leave has begun.
|Six little monkeys|
Back when I was at home with the kids, I would dream of having a job that would allow me to "get a break" and make some money. And now that I'm a working mom, I dream of one day striking it rich so that I can stay at home, and not miss out on any of my kid's firsts. The grass is always greener, amiright?
So obviously, I was very excited to have this maternity leave from work. I could be at home! Enjoying my time with the toddler and baby, cooking dinners, cleaning the house, picking up the kids from school, and getting everything done that there just never seems to be time for when I'm working full time.
But guess what?
Turns out this whole SAHM thing is HARD!! I had forgotten just how hard it truly is. Although toddlers are my favorite age group, they are a handful!! At least Xander is, or as his pediatrician puts it, he's "developmentally appropriate" - yeah it's called "naughty" in this house. Any time I try to clean or straighten up a room, he's in another room making an even bigger mess. Just when I get the baby to go to sleep in the bassinet, Xander is banging on his drums next to him because he's "feeling the beat". When I sit down to nurse Declan, Xander sees that as an opportunity to get into something that's typically off limits. During Holy Week, I went to morning Mass with both Alexander and Declan. I must have gotten extra time out of Purgatory for all the sweating and bargaining and manhandling that was required.
I've had to ease up on my half hour of tv rule, because putting Xander in front of the tv is the only way I can nurse and put Declan to sleep in peace. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I find myself counting down the minutes until Phil and the older kids get home so that I can have their help...and God help him if he has a late meeting ;) I think I've cooked exactly one dinner on my own, and the house is never as clean as I would like. Phil is still the one picking up the kids from school because I can't get both the toddler and baby to sleep at the same time. And it's easier to put a pull up on Xander than potty train right now. My dreams of doing it all have become a reality of just getting by.
Although I am only a SAHM for a few more weeks, and I do not want to leave my newborn ever, work will definitely be a welcome break from the crazy toddler! His random acts of sweetness and "I love you Mamas" are what are keeping him alive at this point! Mad props to all of you moms who handle multiple kids all day everyday. Especially single moms, military wives, homeschooling moms and moms of many littles. I tip my career hat to you.