I remember having a conversation with a couple of other stay-at-home moms when my children were babies and toddlers. I said something like, “Yeah, it’s definitely busy now, but I think things will get easier and I’ll have more time on my hands when they are in school.”
A couple of the other moms with kids in school laughed at me and said if anything, I would be even busier. I thought I knew better than they did and maybe they weren’t as good about managing time as I was!
Well, here we are now with my oldest in kindergarten and I am totally eye-rolling at my ego from a few years ago. I am so much more busier than I thought I would ever be! Even as a stay-at-home mom I find myself pulled in many different directions. I have even more admiration for working moms and how they juggle work and home.
These last couple of unintentional off weeks have been:
- putting together our office space, playroom, and getting my nephew’s room ready. While the office space is pretty much “done”, we still have to hang up things in the playroom. My nephew’s room needs some final touches, including a mattress (which we just ordered last week).
- spending time with my in-laws. They flew down for a visit. We wanted to fly up to visit them this past summer, but couldn’t make it happen when the tickets were $500+/person. It was good to see them and the kids especially enjoyed their company. We don’t get to see them very often, so it was very special for the kids to bond with them while they were here.
- an unexpected visit to urgent care for one of my kids. Everything turned out fine, but I was stressed out and emotionally wrecked. Oh and dealing with the stomach bugs, head colds, and strep throat.
- filling up with activities. I have a general rule about 1 activity per kid. I signed up Bunny for our local Daisy Girl Scouts troop, and somehow, despite my protests, I became one of the troop leaders. (The conversation went as follows: “You know, you would be a great troop leader. Can I count on you to become one?” “I really don’t think this is good for me. I’m really Type A and a little bit crazy and I don’t have any experience doing this.” “You are going to be great! I’ll send you the information later.” I left feeling dazed.) As someone who grew up with zero Girl Scouts anything, it is all brand new to me and so much work already. Especially the part where I mentioned I am really Type A!
- meetings. I feel like I am constantly driving and/or meeting. I meet my kindergartner for lunch once every other week (her dad does the other week). I volunteer with her class to do sight words the other week. I drive my younger kid to swimming lessons and Mother’s Day Out twice a week. I usually meet with our board game group every other week or more. I will now be adding Girl Scouts meetings in to the calendar.
- Planning for the end of the year and it’s getting a bit crazy. There are class parties coming up, holidays to prepare for, a family member to welcome to our home and get settled, and on and on. Argh.
- Add in spending time with family and friends and playdates and running the household, I am beat. I don’t know how parents with more activities do it all! Bravo if you can and/or do!
In conclusion. I’m feeling tired and stressed and I have an angry knot that is seizing up my neck because I tend to get crazy and put 100% into the things I do. Which means I have been going crazy right now with planning for our Daisy troop with the other troop leaders.
And then my writing and stories here have been neglected. Whew.
This is all venting and very silly problems now that I’m reading over what I’ve just written. But it feels good to get it all out. 🙂