Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A day in the life of a SAHM

There are days folk, just "those" days when you wake up with a vision and a goal, you have a list made before your feet ever hit the floor, and all seems good.

You put a kettle of water on to boil for tea. You flip open the laptop to check email and Facebook for just a second. But you have 15 notices and you have to read every one. And that email needs a reply.

Then, the kids wake. You really lose time here. There are no long sleeve shirts hanging in the closet or they don't want eggs for breakfast even though there isn't another thing in the fridge or pantry to eat.

The phone rings. And rings again. And rings again. One of those calls is a crisis and needs time and attention. Another is an order. Another, a friend who wants to chat and catch up.

Then school. Oh school. Math takes up an entire 2 hours and you both feel like beating your head on the table. Who cares about spelling, handwriting, science, and history at this point?

Husband walks in the door and is expecting lunch. Lunch?? You only ate breakfast an hour ago.
He fixes a salad while the little ones spread peanut butter on the table instead of on the bread.

Daddy leaves and every one is told to "find something to do" Baby needs a nap.

The phone rings.
Again. And they need complicated sewing advice.

Baby is still sleeping and oh, did I mention it was on your lap and if you dare to move, baby wakes up and refuses to go back to sleep and will cry for the next 4 hours straight?

Older child sticks in the 4th movie of the afternoon (really?? Really???)

You look at the Christmas tree and notice that is leaning rather alarmingly forward and an entire strand of lights has burned out.

It's 4:30. Hubby will be home in 20 minutes.
School was never finished.
You forgot to take any kind of meat out of the freezer.
You have a chiropractor appointment at 5:30 and books due at the library.
But you haven't had a shower in 4 days and you can't even find the mascara.
And that load of laundry the you put in the washer last night?
It's still in the washer. Along with the only pair of jeans that fit and your favorite sweater.

But wait, where in the world did that list go?
I think it crawled back into that unmade bed upstairs and is taking a nice long nap.
Maybe until after Christmas.

Does any of this sound familiar?

9 comments:

Amanda said...

I'm not a SAHM, in fact, I'm not even a M, but I can totally relate! Especially at this time of year.

swell.life said...

My oh my Fairlight, what a dismal day! I don't know how you do it all. Truly--you are wonder woman!!

Wendi@Every Day Miracles said...

Oh my can I ever relate. In a big huge way!!! :) You nailed it. :) This is my life.

Noah and Ryders Mommy said...

your poor thing, hopefully tomorrow will be better...you can smile knowing that we ALL have these days more than just once or twice a week too :P
And I am so bad about forgetting clothes in the washer!! ugh! Benji gets frustrated and often tells me we spend a small fortune just on laundry detergent from having to "re-wash" clothes caused by my bad memory!
Hope that makes you feel better :)

Lisa said...

Although I don't quite relate as a sahm, I know what the frantic, can't get things done, where did my time go, am I doing this right feeling comes from. I have always held the utmost regard for sahm's; such a difficult balance, a hard position, and one that calls for an enormous amount of love and grace. So. Not that you asked this unmarried, unmom, but I ABSOLUTELY think you're doing it right!!

Nikki said...

You made me laugh out loud!!! I am in awe of SAHMs who also homeschool and do all sorts of crafty things. I'm so sorry that your list took a nap for the day, but your saga of the day's events was very, very amusing!

Cottage Mommy said...

Totally and completely familiar and so darn funny!

Amelia said...

I love this! I have an eight year old daughter and a new daughter born September 3 and I laughed out loud and almost cried when I read this (you know...still having mood swings):)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this Fairlight! It's my life too! I wouldn't trade it for anything, but some days . . . . .oh they are soo chaotic! Love, Kelli

 
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