Friday, March 25, 2011

25 Things Nobody Mentioned About Being a Stay at Home Mom

1. Being woken up by a screaming child never, ever gets less nerve racking.

2. All conversation skills will go out the window as all you'll find yourself saying is "hey, stop!" and "put that down" or my favorite, "I'm going to count to three.... One.... Two........"

3. You will learn to juggle breastfeeding, making lunch, and cleaning up the kitchen all at once.

4. ..... And holding a bottle and vacuuming, simutanaeously.

5. That Dora, Blue, Diego, Barney, and Spongebob and Patrick never, ever become less annoying.

6. No matter how many toys you buy your kids or how intriguing they are, they will never compete with anything breakable, sharp, or near and dear to Mommy and Daddy's heart, and no matter where you hide these items or how high up you place them, babies and toddlers will ALWAYS find them.

7. Even though you swore you'd never be one of those moms, sometimes it is just easier to throw the kids a little Debbie cake for snack, and plop em down in front of some cartoons so you can manage to sit down for more than 3 minutes.

8. Those 1 hour naps become shorter every day.

9. Despite what the men believe, you NEVER find the time to just "sit at home all day".

10. As pretty as it may be outside, the park is only fun..... The first 15 times.

11. You will become one of those moms who photograph everything....

12. And who update their facebook when their child poops in the potty for the first time, and every time one of the kids does something even remotely funny or cute.

13. You will become so familiar with your house that you can spot a new stain, tear, scuff mark, or misplaced item a mile away.

14. Kids can figure out ANY baby proofing system. I repeat, ANY!

15. You figure out it's easier and makes more sense to wait until an hour before the hubby gets home to do your makeup and fix your hair and get out of those sweats or pajama pants. After all you do want him to think you have it all under control :)

16. You'll give up on wearing white thanks to juicy juice, Kool Aid, and Pop Sicles

17. walking all the way to the nursery to lay baby down on the changing table becomes less conveinient everyday. You find yourself with a stash of diapers in the bathroom, living room, and bedroom, plus a diaper bag at the door.

18. Meal planning becomes much harder than you ever imagined it could be.

19. The dryer really does eat socks, but theres no way to make your husband believe it when he sees the growing basket of unmatched socks.

20. You'll no longer watch Desperate Housewives to check out the clothes or the gardener... Now you'll check out how spotless the houses are.

21. Reading blogs from other SAHMs will be the one thing that keep you from feeling like youre alone.

22. Those baby milestones make you so much prouder when you know you're the one who helped them reach them.

23. Weekends are just another day. The kids don't know the difference.

24. Dinnertime signals the end of a long day, which means a much more relieved Mama. All that's left is more cleaning.... Baths... And getting ready to start the next day. :)

25. It will never, ever be that fantasy housewife life that you played out in your head as a child. It will always be far less glamourous than you thought.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Another.... LONG delay.

Its been quite a while since I seemingly abandoned this little blog. To catch everyone up, when I left I was on the job hunt. Well the search seemed endless at first but I actually got a job fairly quickly and found a job that I enjoyed quite a bit. No big time fancy work or anything, just a part time job as a server at my local O'Charleys haha.

The training was pretty stupid to be honest and I started to give up right off the bat, but I stuck to it and ended up being a pretty awesome server. I was making about $100 a night, which isn't bad at all considering it was extra money to add to the household income as my hub was still the main breadwinner of the fam. But after some hectic weeks of seeing my lovely townhome go from spotless and orgazined, kids up at 9 am, naps at 12 and 6, baths and bedtime at 10, to a crowded space with clothes pilled up everywhere, a sink packed with dishes, and bathrooms that hadn't even been straightened up, much less cleaned, not to mention the two now bratty screaming children who refused naps and threw tantrums over EVERY thing and fought sleep at bed time.... I started to see that maybe this household needed Mama a little more than anyone originally thought. My mother in law was watching the kids when we needed her to (if our work schedules clashed, which they often did), but even that proved to be difficult as it further got them off track on the schedule I had them on, not to mention little nuances like not following the diet I try to keep them on (milk and kids juice only, no highly sweet drinks; breakfast, lunch, and dinner being prepared meals, not fast food or processed stuff, snacks only being "healthy" kids snacks, no cakes and cookies, etc.) I basically called it quits here a couple of days ago and very comfortably eased right back into my stay at home mom life that I realized I missed QUITE A LOT! 

My kids have done quite a bit of growing. Miss Gracie had her first birthday, and of course the first Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I guess I'll just take a minute and do a photo update, as these kids have REALLY sprouted!

I guess the biggest news would be....
we're expecting our THIRD!
Yep, thats right.
Another little one in my little family.
I guess that term will have to be retired soon huh? =]

We're due September 25th and my gut would say its gonna be another girl,
but we just gotta wait it out and see.

Now this mama is back to getting the chaos under control! NAPTIME!!