Posted on April 30, 2014
What I’ve Learned as a SAHM
Life is sometimes about self-discovery and in the month and a half since taking on my new role as a Stay-at-Home Mom, I’ve learned a few things about myself.
I need a new wardrobe. If I’m going to be a SAHM, I need to rock the SAHM uniform. Yoga pants! Unfortunately, my closet is filled with mostly work clothes. Must go shopping.
I don’t like when people talk about their jobs. My husband and I were at a conference a few weeks ago and we all get to talking. They ask my husband, “So, what do you do?” You know, one of these standard small-talk questions. However, as the conversation about work carried on, it really bothered me that nobody asked me what I did. I mean, at least give me a chance to say I’m a SAHM people. This helped me realize that…
My self-identity is, or was, closely tied to my job. I don’t think this is a bad thing, but after investing over a decade into my profession, I realized I needed to mourn the loss of this very big part of my life. Coincidentally, around the same time, I learned that…
If there’s chocolate, I will eat it. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, hot chocolate or Nutella. If it’s in the house, it’s gone. And if I can’t find any, I eat the mini chocolate chips I bought for baking home-made cookies, which by the way I never made.
I should’ve gotten the iPhone with the bigger storage. It’s ridiculous the amount of pictures I take of the baby doing the same pose… all. day. long. I can’t help it though – she’s too cute!! The thing is, once the picture is taken, I can’t bring myself to delete it, even if there are 8 other pictures that look just the same. Case in point:
I like wine. Around 6:30 p.m., after a long day with baby and when the boys are going full out crazy before bed-time, a little Sangria can go a long way. In moderation, of course.
2 a.m. is my favorite time of day. This is about the only time everyone is sleeping and I can get some uninterrupted “me” time. The only catch is I should also be sleeping, and I usually am. Basically, what I’m trying to say is I rarely ever get any “me” time. Must work on that.
Now that I don’t have to be somewhere at a certain time, it’s ridiculously hard to get up in the morning. It’s like my body thinks it’s Saturday, every day. Except I still have to get a few kids ready for school. Needless to say, there have been more tardies these past weeks than usual.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. My biggest learning is that time flies at home, as opposed to when you’re at work and it seems to drag. Every day I get up, get the kids ready for school (hopefully on time). Nurse the baby. Try to put her down for a nap. Baby wakes up as soon as she feels the bed on her face. Play with baby and read her a book. Keep baby from eating said book. Check Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Oops, baby’s hungry again. Check to see if my builders finished upgrading my clan’s gold storage and Town Hall yet on Clash of Clans. Before you know it, it’s time to pick up the kids from school – already! I had all these high hopes of cleaning and organizing things around the house and so far all I have to show for the last six weeks is a chunkier baby and one organized closet. Actually, just half of it is organized. Sort of. Lesson learned: need to plan out my day.
Being a mom is a journey in which we are constantly learning and re-learning things about ourselves. Now I want to hear from you about things you’ve learned about yourself along the way, or any tips you can share with me to get this SAHM thing down! Make sure to leave a comment below.