This is my #truelifetuesday. It’s just like any other Tuesday. Today I was feeling overwhelmed with managing it all. Balance – anyone find that yet? Nope. Okay, we’ll keep searching.
– We get up around 7:23 every morning. I think Jack is programmed to wake at an exact time each morning.
– The “I’m hungry” pleas begin and I roll myself out of bed, throw my hair up into a not-so-cute, but fully functioning mom bun.
– Charlie has either been awake or is awake within 30 minutes.
– Breakfast time, reading and a Daniel Tiger episode if I need the extra minute in between changing a diaper and grabbing my coffee.
See Multipurpose Mommy Go A Little Crazy
Rolling out of bed this morning I felt the exhaustion come over me. Steven has days where he’s home early and others where he has a 12-14 hour day. It just depends on the season and the schedules. Sunday starts our week as a family and so Sunday is always long with him being at church. That means I have the boys all day, by myself, no matter what happened the night before sleep-wise. I also know there are millions of other moms on the planet that do this routine everyday. Not complaining about the routine, it comes with the job description…but there are parts of the job you like and parts ya don’t. Read this blog and tell me you don’t relate, even if it’s not every day.
What makes it hard is that sometimes those long days butt up to one another – so it’s 3 long days all packed together. The whining, the timeouts, the sad spoons, the energy. Good lord, the energy is abundant. How do I keep up? “Run circle Jack. Just go run.”
See Multipurpose Mommy Be Thankful
On top of long days with kiddos, I own a business. I work because we need me to – financially and creatively. If I don’t have something else other than diapers, Daniel Tiger and memory games, my mind starts to go a little wacky. I am not a teacher at heart. I will not be homeschooling my kids that I know of.
I stepped into the shower after having just
yelled *ahem* raised my voice at Jack. “You have enough ice in your cup, stop climbing the backs of my sofa, don’t hit the dog, please don’t be in your brothers face with your airplanes propeller, etc. You get the idea. If not, I’ve got a lot more, so just ask! 🙂 Standing there, wondering when last time I had washed my hair, I felt a sense of thankfulness. That and tiredness; but that’s old news by now. Thankful that I have been called to more than one role, in one season. Thankful that those roles work together at the same time in life; sometimes against one another, although I think that’s only because I have yet to discipline myself better to a schedule.
This is not saying moms who don’t have an outside position somewhere aren’t working. Oh no. You work. We all wurrrk. I seriously don’t know how my mom did it all those years. Sometimes I feel like moms who don’t choose an outside job have it way harder. What do you do to occupy your kids all day?! That question is rhetorical at best, but one day, I’m opening it up for suggestions.
See Multipurpose Mommy Balance
With two kids under 4, the balancing act became a whole lot more difficult. And with a really amazing (pretty much dream opportunity) starting in January, I had let fear creep in and guilt started to rise up. I felt like “Oh no, I’m going to miss all of this. I’m going to regret it.”
And then today taking a breather in the shower, I knew for the first time, I wasn’t called to just one position and that was a good thing for me.
See Multipurpose Mommy Know Who She Is
It’s how I’m wired. That’s how I was created. It’s not something I can pray out of me. It’s not that I need to be more patient or read my Bible more so that I can submit to the demands of the daily ‘mom routine’ (although I should read more and I’m working on patience). It’s that I’ve been called to play multi-purpose mommy. And in that, I’m thankful. Thankful that I’ve been given the opportunity to do that while still being with my kids 88% of the week. Is it nerdy that I actually calculated waking hours & pre-school time?
Reading thru other women’s blogs this week gave me the sense of encouragement and peace that I needed to move forward. The tension point that was mom-guilt meets opportunity faded away as I washed my unkept – it’s been like 9 days – hair. Down the drain it went.
I write this for all the working moms out there.
You’re doing a good work.
Whatever role you are in, know that taking care of you is preaching to your kids, without the words. Allowing your kids the insight at a young age to watch you, as the mom, the person they probably trust the most at this point in life, be joyful, successful, encouraged, passionate, hard working, driven and at the end of the day… loving THEM. That is priceless. Find the support and balance that works for your family, your kids and keep pressing forward. If you ever feel like working is a chore, take a peek at this blog, over here. It’s a good read. She’s a pretty amazing working mom. Taking notes and hopefully grabbing a lunch date soon to glean wisdom!
Sometimes all we need is just a little encouragement and refocusing of our minds to take on the rest of the day!