I wish I could tell you how easy the stay at home mom life is. Or how care-free and joyous every waking moment is…but that would be a stretch. A huge stretch. Okay, it’s not even in sight lol. The truth is that it’s extremely messy and chaotic. It’s an exhausting job both physically and emotionally and it’s the farthest thing from easy. However, there are lessons in each difficult situation that I encounter. There are things I didn’t even know I needed to learn and that’s what makes it all so much more rewarding.The truth is that it’s extremely messy and chaotic. It’s an exhausting job both physically and emotionally and it’s the farthest thing from easy. However, there are lessons in each difficult situation that I encounter. There are things I didn’t even know I needed to learn and that’s what makes it all so much more rewarding.
I always pictured that the stay at home mom life would be so magical. That I would get up at sunrise with my little human, we would go on morning walks, bake bread and play all day long. And while we actually do *most* of these things, it’s not always all that glamorous.
Yes we get up at sunrise, but we were also up every couple of hours at night. Yes we go for morning walks, because that’s the only way baby will nap. Yes we bake alllll of the things, but that’s because if I don’t meal prep I wouldn’t have time to make food during the day(not to mention how cost effective it can be). And yes we play most of the day, but it leaves little/no time to do dishes, laundry, eat (or pee).
On the outside it may look like the way I pictured but, in all actuality, it’s completely different. It’s not a challenge ALL of the time-or even most of the time. Just like with anything, there’s balance. I have really good days as well as really bad days. I’m taking in more than I ever imagined, particularly on those bad days.
I’m learning new things about myself and this world all the time. I’m learning that my attitude, the way I react to the world around me, is so important. I’m learning to let the little things go and to let go of anything that’s causing me stress. And I’m learning how little sleep a person needs to survive (no, but really ).
“I swear these days this child is teaching me more than I teach him and, in a way, I think that’s how it should be”
At the end of the day, I’m still a first-time mom. I continue to learn from each mistake that I make and that’s all I can really do. So, no, it’s not always easy. It’s messy, it’s stressful, and it’s exhausting. However, it’s also beautiful, rewarding and free. And I'm forever thankful to be able to be right where I am.