Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Stay at Home Mom???

Whoever invented the term "stay at home mom" clearly was NOT a "stay at home mom."  I have so many crazy days as a mom, but I think today may have been one for the record books.  I am sure this will be interesting to no one but myself (ha!) but I wanted to document all the craziness that is my life right now.

Here is my day today:

6:20 - alarm goes off
6:30 - finally roll out of bed, get Emily up
6:30 - 7:05 - fix Emily's breakfast, pack her backpack, supervise hair and teeth brushing
7:05 - wake Lindsey up
7:10 - get Emily and hubby out the door to school and work
7:10 - 7:30 - fix Lindsey's breakfast, keep her moving in getting ready, Carter wakes up so get him out of the bed and get my morning snuggle
7:30 - 8:30 -  Carter dressed/changed/fed, help Lindsey straighten hair, get myself ready
8:30 - 9:00 - drive to orthodontist appointment - half way there, find out that there is a MAJOR traffic jam and have to turn around and go the opposite direction - barely make it there in time
9:00 - 9:30 - control and entertain Carter while Lindsey is getting her adjustment
9:30 - take Lindsey to get a flu shot at the grocery store pharmacy - have to walk around for 15 minutes before we can leave, per the pharmacist.  Pick up a few items for dinner while we are there.
10:00 - take Lindsey to school
10:15 - 11:45 - come home, clean kitchen, laundry, deal with MAJOR Carter meltdown (I don't think he feels well - he has a stuffy nose), answer important emails, pack a lunch for Carter
11:45 - 12:15 - meet Hubby for lunch (a VERY rare treat!)
12:15 - 1:15 - get convinced by Carter to take him to the toy store to look for a new engine that he wants and has been asking for no less than 40,000 times today.  Halfway there figure out there is yet another major traffic jam but this time there is no other way to go so we have to just sit there.
1:15 - 1:45 - drive all the way back to my mom's house (pass our house to get there) to drop Emily's dance clothes and shoes off (my mom takes her to dance for me on Tuesdays, thank goodness!)
1:45 - 3:30 - bring Carter home, more laundry, more cleaning up, work on shipping eight ebay packages that HAVE to go out today.  Put Carter down for nap.
3:30 - 4:30 - research a company that I am applying for a part time job at, and try to contact the hiring manager but have to leave voice mail.  Try to get into "professional" mode from "mommy" mode before calling.  This job would be part time and from home, so I am PRAYING that it works out!
4:30 - 4:45 - Lindsey gets off bus - talk to her for a few minutes before I have to go pick Emmy up from dance.  Carter still napping so leave him with Lindsey.
4:45 - 5:30 - pick Emily up, go by my mom's house to get Emily's backpack, then head to grocery store to order cupcakes for Lindsey's joint birthday party with her BFF this weekend (the party that has 60 - yes SIXTY - people coming to it, almost half of which are BOYS!  Lord help me!).
5:30 - 6:45 - fix Emily a quick dinner because she has to to BACK to dance at 6:45.  Help her with homework as I start the rest of the family's dinner.  Wonder when third grade homework got so hard.  Carter wakes up from nap (thankfully in a great mood!).
6:45 - drive Emily to her lyrical class with Carter in tow. leaving Lindsey at home to do her homework (or text and talk on the phone, ha!).  Have to go in to talk to the woman at the front desk about Emily's class. 
7:00 - 7:30 - get back home, finish up dinner, by this time hubby and stepson are there.  Everyone eats (but Carter) and then I have to go back to the dance school to pick Emily up.  Instruct hubby to bathe Carter while I am out.
7:45 - pick Emily up and realize that I still need to get diapers and Lindsey wants me to get her something "soft" to eat because her teeth hurt really badly from her braces adjustment earlier in the day.  Stop by the store on the way home.
8:15 - get home and Emily wants to eat again so fix her a plate of food, do dishes, get Carter and Emily ready for bed (after dosing Emily up on Benadryl and honey for a terrible cough she has), then remember that I never got the shipping labels off the printer for the ebay packages.  Go pick them up off the printer and tape them to the packages.
9:15 - 9:40 - Sit down to type this and realize that Emily's cough is getting worse.  For the past half hour, I've been calling the pharmacist, getting her more medicine, making her sit in the steamy shower bathroom and filling the vaporizer to put in her room.

And with that...I'm headed to bed!  Oh, after I check on Lindsey and make sure she is finishing her homework, and put one more load of laundry in, and send yet another email I forgot to send regarding room mom stuff...oh and write down about six things I need to remember to do tomorrow...

So yeah - "stay at home mom" - not so much!!!  Life is so crazy these days, but I know I am doing what God wants me to do right now, and boy do I ever LOVE these kids of mine!

2 comments:

Jessica said...

Yes, ma'am, that is one for the record books!! And sadly I can so relate!!! Here's to hoping for a less-busy day tomorrow and for good news from the PT job! Oh, and one more thing...bet that Carter snuggle made it all worthwhile :) Hope all 3 kids get to feeling better soon!

The Hanlon's said...

Very true! I stayed at home with my babies for a while and now I am back to working outside of the home. While I LOVED staying at home with my boys, it was a much harder job. "Stay at home mom's" deserve a huge raise!

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