Saturday, June 26, 2010

"What do you do?"

I hate answering that question.
I fear that "Stay-at-home-mom" translates to "eat bon-bons and watch soap operas".

I love my job.
I love that I'm getting to watch my daughter experience all of her "firsts".
I love that I get to love on my husband by creating an environment he can't wait to come home to at the end of the day.
We are so blessed by Ben's job which allows me to stay home with Alice.

But, honestly, teaching full-time was easier than what I do now.

So, here's a little snippet of what I do each day:
-tend the baby (nursing, changing diapers, entertaining, etc.)
-tend the house (dishes, laundry, dusting, vacuuming, putting stuff away, mopping, cleaning the toilet, changing sheets, etc.)
-tend the garden and flowers
-tend the cloth diapers (wash, dry, stuff)
-purchase and prepare food, including lunches for Ben

Then, I also take care of the other things that need to happen for our family and our home.
For example, here's what I did from Wednesday to Friday:
-Unpacked my suitcase
-Costco trip
-Mailed health insurance forms
-Called 3 roofing companies and met with each one
-Chiropractor appointment
-Canceled our cable and returned the box
-Went to the bank
-Returned unneeded item to Target
-Listed and sold a few items on Craigslist
-Went for 2 runs
-Painted our front and back door
-Made a coffee cake and took it to a new mommy
-Went to the farmer's market
-Brought Ben his phone when he went to work without it :)

A lot of moms work out of the home and take care of those things, too.
They must be REALLY tired!
My goal is to get as much done during the week so we can enjoy our weekends.
Ideally, I want our weekends to be fun and relaxing, not filled with errands and chores.

I always thought it was a little weird when moms would refer to themselves as the "CEO of the home" or "Domestic entrepreneur", but now I understand.
"Stay at home mom" just doesn't quite describe what I do, especially since there is rarely a day where I stay at home.

So, that's what I do.
Teaching was a rewarding and fulfilling job, but being a wife and a mom is even more so.
It just pays less. :)

1 comment:

Ashley said...

you are more productive then I am... I am sort of a work at home mom though (I design custom wedding stationery for clients), I just kind of forget that it counts as work sometimes, so I always feel guilty about not getting as much stuff done.

I never knew how much work staying home with a baby would be, but I love it!