Having taken on the role of “Stay At Home Mom” myself, I am learning quite quickly that the “nothing” that I thought being a housewife involved, was a lot. Now especially with Noah being a baby, I am having to revamp my ability to multi-task. When I was pregnant, Josh was adament that I relax and take it easy. There isn’t a whole lot of time to relax with a baby in the house. He is good about laying in his bouncer or his playpen to let me get things done, but he still has to be changed and fed every 2-4 hours (depending on how much he ate at his previous feeding.) Not to mention, there are plenty of household duties that have to be done. I can’t do all of them myself yet because I can’t lift anything heavier than Noah’s carseat for another few weeks while I recover from labor, but still. There are dishes to be washed, clothes to be ironed, furniture that needs to be dusted, make the beds, pay the bills…plenty to do.
Not to even begin to mention the sleep deprivation that goes into having a newborn. Again, Noah is a blessing because he usually only wakes up around midnight, 3 am, and 5 am. We just got to up his feeding amount, so he should soon start sleeping longer than that. I try to get up with him as much as I can. I feel so bad for Josh sometimes, considering that he gets up at 5:00 am to go to work and then works atleast till 4:00 pm-sometimes (especially here lately) later than that. I hate for him to have to wake up every single time that he cries. So me, being the good wife that I am, usually end up getting up with him myself so Josh can rest. I think us mom’s are equiped with some super-power that allows us to run off of virtually no sleep whatsoever. Like today…I went to bed around 10:00 last night. Feeding at 12:45, Feeding at 4:30, Feeding at 6:30, Feeding at 9:15…nap for me? Non-Existent. But, I got my household duties done for the day…I washed all of Noah’s used up bottles, made more formula, gave him a bath and got him dressed, got a shower myself (and actually fixed my hair AND put on makeup), dusted the living room furniture, washed and put away dishes, seperated laundry, made the bed, straightened up the living room and bedroom, and have had time to write 2 blogs today. Kudo’s to me.
And big Salutes to all the mom’s out there! Working Mom’s, Stay at Home Mom’s, Single Mom’s (and dad’s who do all the mom stuff too)…Pat yourselves on the back for all that you do…you-we-deserve it.