I often talk about our house being a well oiled machine – with three kids, it kinda has to be right? Each person has their role and we all carry it out to relative okayness. Because let’s be real, perfection is just not possible, so we’ll settle for OK. Anyway, this routine had two very important pieces in it – our village if you will.
But for the last week and a bit my village has been in Australia, so I have had a small taste of what it is like to be a Stay At Home Mom and…
I want out.
OK, no, that’s not entirely true.
Because I’m actually NOT a stay at home mom. I usually work till 2 every day, which means that the kids get fetched from school and fed lunch, before I get home to then taxi them to their extra murals etc. Now however, I need to zoom into the office, frantically try and catch up on my emails before leaving the office a couple of hours earlier every day to do the fetching and the feeding. It’s not a big deal, but it’s amazing how much I usually get done in two hours that I am just not able to get to now.
So the stress of not getting to everything that I need to get to in terms of work, this blog and you know, like the never ending life admin of being a flipping adult – I’m already feeling burnt out. And there’s still 8 more sleeps to go! Oh and did I mention that I am PMSing like a butthole? Ok, buttholes don’t PMS, but you know what I mean. I am not really a nice, rational person right now and I’m sure that’s not making anything any better.
On the flip side, it’s been great spending that part of the day with the kids. They actually still remember what they did at school that day and want to engage with me. Plus seeing how excited they get when I fetch them is all kinds of special. It’s also been great having more time in the afternoon to get through the homework and supper making and house tidying etc. So that’s good.
I get to experience moments like this – with Knox trying desperately to strum on the guitar while singing “Jingle Bell Rock” at the top of his voice.
The good news is that I know it’s all going to be OKAY.
We’re going to get through it and we’re going to come out on the other side even more appreciative of our village.
And the work will get done. I’ll just have to give up some Parks and Recreation 😉