Balancing Act

timeclockLet me start by saying, It will be 5 years that my husband and I have been married this June.  I have been a Mom for 3.5 years.  Now with that said, When do I figure out how to “balance” these two wonderful positions.  I am a housewife, SAHM, domestic engineer, whatever you want to call it, but this job has No Vacation time, No Sick Leave, and I dont get to leave after a shift!  When I worked, I could call in sick, I got to go in at 8am and leave at 5pm and not even think about the place until the next work day.   I want you to know I LOVE being a Wife, and a Mom!  But let me tell ya, I really miss being able to just go lie down when I get tired.  Or Sleep in and wake up on my own.  These are things you don’t really think about when the BABY BUG bites.  My oldest, Emma, comes into our bedroom and wakes me up usually between 7:30 and 9 (I prefer closer to 9), and sometimes she just climbs into the bed with us, but Most times she comes in like her pants are on fire, “MOMMY MOMMY, I need to POTTY!” Now there is just no time for me to rub my eyes, or put my glasses on, or even stretch.  She wants me to come with her RIGHT NOW!  She does this with such gusto that you are sure your next move should be to go outside to wait for the fire department. My poor Husband, he work until 12 midnight, so he is very much the night owl.  I try to stay on his schedule but our girls have another plan altogether for me.  Geoff and I only get a couple of hours alone and that is usually when he gets home.  And by this point I have been up close to 18 hours straight sometimes.  He tells me to just go on to bed, but Emma has come accustom to the late hours we keep and it is hard to get this child in bed before 10, let alone asleep before 11.  Gracie, on the other hand, she is usually in bed by 9:30 at the latest.  She also still takes 2 naps most days, so if I could just get them both to take a nap at the same time, maybe I could get a snooze in!  NAWW! That RARELY happens.  I love my kids and I know they will only be little for a short time, but why can’t I get a clone or a robot of me that I could just let loose when I need a break???? How did June Cleaver manage this, I am sure she had a body double, and she just went in the backyard and put her feet up and sipped some lemonade and ate her BonBons.  I mean even Mrs. Brady had ALICE!  

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3 responses to “Balancing Act

  1. Good point…..!

    I know how it feels to be run ragged and not get to rest. Our hubbies both come home after midnight, which throws a monkey wrench in everything. I have an almost 3 year old and a 1 year old and I know your pain and frustration you feel sometimes. But try adding a teacup poodle to the mix! I have to make sure she has went potty in the last hour and that there are no pee puddles or poo surprises that the kids can walk into. And when the kids play our teacup is right there with them, so I have to make sure she is not getting choked or squished….(which has each happened on occasion.)
    But for all the frustration and sleeplessness comes all the love and joy of being a MOM and hearing those precious words from your babies…”Mommy? I LOVE YOU!” That makes it all worth while.

    So I understand TOTALLY! Great entry by the way….couldn’t have written it better. -Terra

  2. No breaks for us! 🙂 Love it!

  3. I can definitely relate. I was just telling my husband that I work more since I became a stay at home mom. Some days it is ok, but others I feel as if I am losing my mind. It is hard getting no raises or breaks no vacation or sick days no calling in sick or coming in late. But I know this is what is best for my family and at least I have blogging 🙂

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