Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Rant

The other day a good friend of mine and I were hanging out.  This friend also has 2 little ones.  While we were hanging out a mutual friend came by and we were all making chit chat.  While we were chatting, this mutual friend said, "so what do you do all day?".

Nothing gets under my skin as quickly as this question.  I know I shouldn't let it bother me, but it gets me every time.  So I'm going to elaborate for everyone what I "do all day".  Then you can decide for yourself if all I do is laze around.

Before I start I just want to say that I love my life.  I feel incredibly blessed to be able to stay home and care for my kids during this important time in their lives.  I wouldn't change my life.  It's amazing, and full of "little adventures" (like discovering your 3 year old is making a tower out of furniture and trying to climb it... allowing you to experience what a heart attack feels like!), and fabulous. 

Beginning of the day:

Firecracker wakes up.  Take him potty, brush teeth, get him a cup, try to keep him moderately quiet until Sweet Pea wakes up on her own.

Sweet Pea wakes up.  Change her diaper.

Breakfast for everyone.

Clean up both kids

Clean up the high chairs, the table and the floors

Clean the kitchen

Depending on the day- insert cleaning of some kind here (ie. bathrooms- which having a boy that is potty trained are almost always in need of cleaning, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping etc.)
Remember though, because there are 2 small children loose in the house I have to stop frequently to make sure they're ok/ not killing eachother/ not getting into anything.

Get Firecracker a snack (lately he's been hungry all the time, pretty sure he's going through a growth spurt.)

Play for a few minutes with the kids.

Fold laundry.

Feed the kids lunch.

Clean up both kids.

Clean up the high chairs, table and floors.

Clean up the kitchen.

Decide what to do about dinner and get that going.

Take Firecracker potty

Read a book

Firecracker's nap time

Go back to laundry (because this chore is NEVER ENDING)

After a while lay Sweet Pea down for her nap.

Get on line for a little bit. (I'm not gonna pretend like all I do all day is work work work,  I do get a few minutes here and there that I get to get on the computer, but is that really any different than a work place?)

Both kids are napping! =)

Shower (trust me it's hard to do when you've got 2 munchkins you're trying to keep from hurting one another, and in Sweet Pea's case from swallowing anything off the floor.)

Watch t.v. (it feels decadent =)

Kids are up. 

Play for a few minutes with the kids.

The Hubs comes home =).  He distracts the kids while I make dinner.

Dinner time

Clean up both kids

Clean up the high chairs, the table and the floor.

Clean the kitchen

Hang out as a family

Bath time- for the kids

Bed time- for the kids

Pack the Hub's lunch

Try to clean the house up so I'm not behind the 8 ball in the morning.

Collapse from exhaustion.

Don't forget to scatter several diaper changes a day into this equation.

This is a typical day in my life. Now I realize that I get to spend more of the day in my jammies, but it's still work.  I do not sit around all day eating candy and watching soaps.  Yes, I get a break at nap time to have a little down time, but don't you get a lunch break?  I just get the opportunity of having my break time at home.  And now you know what I do all day.  You know the most frustrating part?  I clean like this most every day, and still by the end of the day there are still dishes in the sink, toys on the floor, and a mystery sticky spot on the floor in the kitchen that seems to reappear every day in a different spot ;). 

Ok, rant over. 

I hope you all have a great day!!

Ms. T

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  1. Oh I know!!! It bothers me sooo much when people ask "Why don't you work? Well...when your kids are in school, will you work then?" If I were keeping ANYONE elses kids and receiving a check for it, it would be a job. Because they belong to me and I don't get paid, that is supposed to mean I am just lazy and won't work.--Ms.C

  2. Exactly, Ms.C! People who have in home daycares aren't considered to be unemployed and lazy.... Ugh! Oh well, it jusst shows how ignorant people are!