Being a working mom is tough. We struggle to balance life and work and mommyhood and it doesn’t always work out as planned. It’s a daily balancing act of expectations and realities and unexpected happenings.
I am a working mom of a two year old.
Here are a few things about me…
1. I think I’m pretty good at multii-tasking: I work a 50 hour work week and am on call almost 24/7; my husband works a 60 hour work week, so I am almost a single mom during the week; I run our household: planning, coordinating, and execution; I work out regularly; and most importantly, I am a relatively good mom to the best two year old ever (not at all biased, naturally). Am I any different than any other working mom- no. But I still feel like most days we are approaching insanity.
2. I love candy. Without shame or guilt.
3. I am a control freak. I work really hard to be good at my job, to keep up with all the “good mom” expectations (e.g. healthy, home cooked meals; clean, ironed clothes; a well decorated, spotless household…if only), to stay in shape, to be showered (most days), and to indulge in my desire to do all the fun/artsy/DIY projects I pin on Pinterest… Needless to say, it doesn’t always turn out as planned.
Here are some things I’ve learned since becoming a mom…
1. Toddlers don’t appreciate your ability to multi-task. In fact, not only is it not appreciated, but they actively work to undermine it. My son has mastered the phrases ‘phone down, mommy!’, ‘no more talking’, and ‘noooo, work’.
2. Toddlers love candy too. And apparently moms have to share.
3. The key to survival is low expectations. Being a working mom is the perfect example of entropy. (I knew 7th grade science would pay off someday!) Disorder and chaos are inevitable- the sooner you learn to accept that, the better you will fare. I am still working on fully achieving the acceptance phase…
So why this blog? I didn’t have anything to do with that 10 minutes of free time I have every evening- thought I should be productive with my time. Sarcasm… it’s a coping mechanism. Actually, I want to be able to look back someday and have a record of all the craziness and all the fun- and maybe share a few cool things with everyone else.