I often get asked what I do all day at home and how I pass the time being a stay at home mom by my friends who work. So, I sat down and started thinking about what my job description as a mom would look like and it goes something like this.
I was dishes and clean the kitchen with a baby on my hip.
I fold clothes and match up socks with a baby on my hip.
I vacuum floors and dust furniture with a baby on my hip.
I cook dinner and make baby food with a baby on my hip.
I change sheets and make beds with a baby on my hip.
I grocery shop and buy diapers with a baby on my hip.
I make cupcakes and bake cookies with a baby on my hip.
I clean hand prints off of walls and windows with a baby on my hip.
I organize books and put up toys with a baby on my hip.
I wipe noses and dry tears with a baby on my hip.
I pack lunches and check homework with a baby on my hip.
Every once in a while I get to put the baby in the car seat to go pick the other child up from school. And on really lucky days, he’ll sit in his high chair for long enough for me to take what now counts as a shower (you know, the 30 second run through the water before the baby starts crying because he’s not on your hip?).
There are no vacations.
There are no sick days.
There are no lunch breaks. And tomorrow I’ll do it all over again!
So, the next time you want to ask what I did today, tread carefully. Because yes, I know you work hard and I respect that. But I work hard too! It takes skill and practice to learn to do everyday chores while balancing 20 pounds of wiggly baby. And when your day is over, my night of feeding, comforting and changing diapers is just beginning! No, I don’t bring home a paycheck. Because there is not enough money in the world to compensate for what I do. And yes, I love it. And I’m so happy to have this job. But please acknowledge that MOM is a title that most executives would run screaming from.
So when you see me and I have bananas in my hair and spit up on my sweats and that crazy look in my eyes, steer clear! And know that it is just one of the hazards of MY profession!
Hi, I’m Jeannette Fender – a momma who has left the corporate world behind (for now) to raise my two wonderful boys and be CEO of my household. I’m a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend and can’t wait to share my adventures with you! Read More...