I promise I won’t refer to myself as an acronym throughout this blog, but I thought this post was worthwhile for several reasons: I had assumptions of what my first week would be like and thought it was worth noting since I’ve been on multiple sides of the fence: full-time working mom, work-from-home-mom and now a mixture of work-from-home and stay-at-home (since I’m freelancing and working on a couple communications projects currently). I also had some funny and honest happenings I just had to share.
This week was in a nutshell amazing. I mean it. Forget the fact we had no furniture and only plastic silverware. We are truly so happy to be here in Columbus (New Albany to be exact). It’s amazing how little you actually need with little ones to be happy and make memories.
Here are the top 7 realizations I had this week about my life as a new stay-at-home-mom:
- Kids are physically exhausting. At my best, I was exercising (aka running out of the house as fast as I could and jogging in the neighborhood) three times a week when working full-time. Now, I ran twice this week, but I never.stop.going. My feet and legs physically hurt at the end of the day after keeping up with Shep and Beau. They are demanding little dudes!
- Kids are dirty. Our washer and dryer are some of my most prized possessions. The first purchase we made once we moved in were the largest washer and dryer our local Lowes had (these ones). My sisters said I got all Dugger-style on this purchase, but I couldn’t be happier. I literally sneeze and Shepard is covered in either food, dirt, dog slobber, you name it. At one moment yesterday I caught him EATING dog food. And Beau – some of those diapers are out of control and we average three outfits changes a day.
- Part-time school is a godsend. I wrestled with whether or not I should enroll Shep in a part-time preschool program since I was staying home. I mean, for once, I would actually be able to spend all day with him. But after spending all day with him, I saw how much he would really benefit from some structured socialization without mommy or daddy. Of course I was sad/nervous about his first day, but in all actuality, he RAN off and couldn’t have been happier to meet new friends. He was also super excited about his rocket ship back pack, and knows when it’s school time he gets to hold it (Peppy hold it!) The teachers told me how impressed they were with how verbal he was, and that came no surprise to me after spending 15 hours in the car with that little chatterbox.
- Neighbors are a godsend. We’ve met several of our neighbors, and it was like the heavens opened up when I saw they have toddlers too. They get it! One of the families came over one evening before our furniture had arrived and we were playing in the back when I heard Beau wake up from his nap. With a baby on her hip and her twins swinging, she said, no worries, I got it (to watch Shep). Every little favor helps and I get the whole “it takes a village” mantra now. I can’t wait to have impromptu play dates and get to know these moms better.
- Navigating a new city is hard. It took me about 30 minutes to get to a Target that was 10 minutes away. Sigh. But once we got there, it was like all my mommy wishes came true. New kitchen towels? Check. Toilet paper? Check. Necessary dark chocolate almonds? Check.
- Be intentional in everything. This isn’t easy. When I was in an office, I was spending my time working. Period. Now when I’m blending work and family, I have to be intentional to ignore laundry during nap time so I can work. I need to be intentional to ignore e-mail during playtime so I enjoy them. I need to wake up early to plan my day.
- Multitask like a mother. See what I did there? But seriously, sometimes my mind is spinning by the amount of multitasking I am doing at any given minute. Example: I am currently pumping for the second time today (it’s 7:15 AM), eating breakfast, writing and watching the monitor while praying neither boy wakes up for at least five more minutes. In fact, pumping while working was actually a whole lot easier. I sat at a desk, completed assignments, and finished when I was done. Why am I pumping now that I’m home you ask? I’d love to share (and probably do another post on it someday). I was so determined to nurse Beau (since it didn’t quite workout with Shep, and I pumped for him too). However, after he lost 1.5 lbs in this first two weeks, the doctor advised that I either supplement or formula feed. So back to the pump I went. I still attempted nursing almost every day, and around month three, he did it again! We were nursing up until month 4 in the evenings and weekends, but all of a sudden it was like he woke up and decided there was too much going on to slow down to nurse. That said, I’m still trying with him and we’ll see what happens. For now, I’m pumping 6-7 times a day and just multitasking when I can. He’s a super chunky dude now, so I know he’s healthy and that’s what matters.
So, please tell me. What were some of your realizations when either going back to work or stay at home? What surprised YOU?
Here are some of my favorite iPhone pics from the week. I swear I’m going to start taking some nicer pictures soon, but this is the best I got for now. Have a LOVELY weekend!