I love the fact that I get to stay at home with my kids everyday, but it doesn’t mean I don’t miss certain things about working…the money, the adult conversation, the sense of accomplishment. Of course I feel a sense of accomplishment at home most days, but there’s no one around telling you, “Hey, great job on that diaper today,” or “I can’t believe you finished all that laundry, vacuumed, and still had time to help your son put that puzzle together.” I also don’t get the huge grins and the jumping on the couch when the kids see Daddy walking towards the house at the end of the day.
Well, I thought I came up with a solution to get the best of both worlds this weekend. I was partially right.
I decided to start working part-time on the weekend doing some work I’ve done in the past. It’s simple, marketing/promotion stuff, and it’s good money. Plus, I get out of the house for a few hours, get out of my stay-at-home mom uniform aka sweatpants, and see what’s going on in the outside world. Standing on my feet for hours in uncomfortable shoes was a little more difficult than I remember, and I can’t say I wasn’t a little rusty with my adult conversation, but I was excited to get home at the end of the day for those goofy grins. I was also secretly hoping that my husband would look as exhausted as I feel everyday.
I have to say that I was a little disappointed. My husband seemed to have everything under control, and while the kids were happy to see me, they went bananas (not in a good way) when Daddy had to go back to work Monday morning. I was so upset all of Monday until I talked to my husband. Even though he said he enjoyed it, he said it was not an easy day. He also couldn’t get anyone to take naps, and a couple someones left him very special presents in their diapers. Hee. Hee.
While I will keep doing some part-time work to make money and get out of the house, I’ve got to remember that my full-time job as mommy is way more important…and way harder…..but worth every unpaid minute. Plus, no uncomfortable shoes required.