Being a SAHM (stay at home mom) is the hardest job I have ever had. Isn't it funny how after high school you are shipped off to college for 4+ years to be instructed on the how's and why's of the working world. You are instructed on spreadsheets and word documents, how to test well & multitask a project, but not once in 4 years do they teach you how to be a SAHM if by some chance you become one.
The irony of that is, shy of becoming a physician, being a SAHM is putting life in your hands while juggling cleaning supplies & dinner. Trying to wake up and shape the minds of your wee-ones sounds like a blast - and don't get me wrong, I love it, however it's the tiny interruptions, the "real world" floybles that intercede that can cause an otherwise intelligent woman to stuff her head in a pile of dirty laundry. And yet nobody thought it necessary to teach a class or two on how to do it right?
In my previous life I worked in 2 industries. Commercial Interior Design & Medical Marketing. I loved (and still do) design. I ran several accounts a few in the 1+million mark, one even 3+ ! I got to interact with all kinds of creative minds, argue with subcontractors, stress over timelines, cry over damages and at the end of a project rejoice with coworkers over margaritas and laughter. I went into medical marketing b/c it allowed me to promote preventitive health options, promote womens health and push the button on screening for coronary & cancer related disease. I was helping in my own little way.
But now Im home with a 3 year old and a 3 month old who I love with every breathe & tear I have in me and I am a total train wreck. I used to be able to coordinate 75 contractors to complete a job in 3 months and here I can't manage to keep the house clean, the children happy, the laundry done, the food cooked let alone shower & bath the two in question. My guilt flares up when I try to clean up the kitchen or catch up on morning emails while letting said wee ones watch TV. I question myself at every corner. I cry at every unwashed dish or new load of laundry. My husband thinks Im nuts. To which I reply " My day is like an excel spreadsheet. I work on it all day until it is complete, then you come home and the wee ones wake up and one of you presses ERASE and i end up having to create the same spreadsheet over & over & over again." Have a ever mentioned how I don't like the movie "GroundHog Day"?
To add insult to injury, we are moving, so I have to pack the house to be out on 7/28, moving to a temporary home until we figure out what the future holds for us, OH AND! potty training b/c my 3 year old wants to take dance and you need to be 100% potty trained & she isnt sure which end is up. Have I mentioned the laundry? How do you SAHM's do it?! Honestly! The most important job in the world is to mother & care for your family and there are no classes for it. They just toss you in and say - flap around a bit and you won't drown.
I am on day 31 of being a SAHM and I wish I could take a masters program on how to do it all, while keeping my sanity and breathing. If you have the job down... please, please, please share...... Ill buy you a frozen margarita and even ship you the umbrella.
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