I have been a stay at home mom for almost 3 years. It will be 3 years next April, to be exact. Three years ago, I had one child and I was a legal assistant at the FAA. I really did love my job. I loved sending out notices to people acting a fool on planes, sending notices of license suspensions to pilots who weren't following regulations, and sending orders of revocations to sleeping wayward pilots. It was also fun getting cursed out by pilots wondering when they were going to get their licenses back. Me and my former co-workers have had some some laughable moments. But it all had to end when I had to move to the "GREAT PLACE", Fort Hood, Texas. Not so great to me...I loathe the Dallas Cowboys (no offense to their darling fans).
Anywho, back to being a stay at home mommy.
I super-dee-duper love my kids. I love them with every ounce of my being. I would move heaven, earth, and hell for them. They are the reason I get up every morning with purpose. I love being able to take my son to school and pick him up. I love that his teacher and principle knows who I am...I mean they literally know me. They also know my car and apparently my phone voice, they know that I am Cameron's mom when I call. I love that when my son comes home, I am there. And let me just say that I am totally blessed that my husband has a good paying gig (The US ARMY) that allows me to be home with my children.
Here comes the hate:
Like I said before, I super-dee-duper love my kids. They are the reason I get up every morning with purpose...like I have a choice. I spend every single day with them, and not just everyday, ALL DAY. Believe it or not, spending that much time with your kids can make you become detached from the world. I have no idea what is going on with Syria, but I do know there is a war between the Krang and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I have no clue with what is happening on Wall Street, but I do have a reminder set to let me know that Sesame Street is on. The real adult interaction I get is from my husband, who is hardly home. This makes me wish I had a job, so I can talk to other adults about current events. Instead, I am talking to my kindergartener about Lego Chima and that one of his classmates threw up at lunch. Now I do have friends in Texas, most of them are stay-at-home-moms like me. And what do stay-at-home moms like to talk about? KIDS!!! So it all boils down to...
It is really hard being a SAHM. There is a myth that we have fun all day just playing outside with our kids and we online shop, watch Lifetime, reality shows, the Roseanne marathons (which I do, don't judge me.) But the facts are, I cook, clean, clothe, bathe, wash, entertain, listen, comfort, feed, teach, correct, explain, discipline, watch, protect, soothe, provide, and love. I don't know one job that does all of the above. Anybody who has to strap three kids in a car only to unstrap them to get out the car, only to strap them back in when it is time to leave and to unstrap them when you have arrived home, feels me.
I do super-dee-duper love my kids, though. : )
Have a happy Tuesday!