Saturday, October 29, 2005

I don't think I could do it!

This is a post for all you SAHMs out there, whose blogs I read day in and day out and always feel a little jealous about. I read them many times from work, where I sit wishing I was spending time with my kids. I think how great it would be to be with them ALL day long, soaking in every moment and every new experience. Especially with John M. because so many things are brand new to him each day.

Then, along comes the weekend. Mark is away most of the day doing cow-business (hee-hee).
I leave at 9:00, take all 3 of the kids to Emma's soccer game at 9:30, Anna's game at 10:30, lunch, back home for a bit, Wal-Mart to pick up gifts, a birthday party involving snow!, a Halloween party, back to drop off a friend and then finally home at about 7:oo pm. All I want to do at this point is rest, lay down and watch 'Erin Brokavich' in its entirety (which I've been trying to do for about 3 weeks now). John M. has other plans, like whining non-stop for 2 hours, pulling every toy, pot, pan, magnet, food item, etc. that he can out of everything with a hinge in the house. Anna wants to read all 2001 of her jokes to me, from her '2001 Jokes' book. Emma isn't even home (she went with her daddy to the LSU game), and I can't even handle the 2 I have.

I pray that John M. will go to sleep soon and give me a break! How long has he been up now? It seems like about 36 hours, but it's really only been about 12. Has this been the longest day in the history of days? And Mark has to work tomorrow! How will I make it? And some people do this every day, day in and day out . . . how, oh how do they do it? Suddenly, the boredom of work seems like a luxury.

Don't get me wrong, I do realize that these times with the kids are very special times. And if I didn't have them, I'd miss them beyond belief. It's just that I'm OLD (remember, I just went up a year a mere one day ago) and these kids are fast! And energized 24/7. And I can't hang.
But I'm tryin'.

Maybe they're keeping me young . . for a while longer.


chesneygirl said...

Aaaaaw! I wish every single minute of every single day I could be a SAHM! It seems like all of my friends are but me. I always feel like I might be missing something new he's learning.

I too always wonder or wish my son would go to sleep. And then I'm flooded with guilt because I should be enjoying this time cause before I know it he'll be off to college and I'll be wanting these days back. And right as I'm finished thinking this....he throws another temper tantrum and I wonder "why aren't you in bed?!?!??"

But I think you just helped me make a decision on whether or not to have a second child.
I'm thinkin' one is plenty thanks! :)

btw, my blog is back!

Mary Tsao said...

We SAHMs like to use a technique called detachment parenting. When you detachment parent you're constantly saying things like, "Go play in your room and mommy will be there in a minute," and "Here's some blocks, why don't you make me a nice fort and I'll be back soon."

If you're paying somebody to watch your kids (or they're in school), then they're getting WAY more attention than they would get at home with you.

This is my theory.