Regardless of how long you’ve been a mom, 12 days or 12 years, I bet there’s something on this list you can relate to. And maybe you’ve heard it all before, but it never hurts to be reminded that you’re not in it alone. I’ve been a SAHM for almost a year now and I’ve had my fair share of meltdowns, bad days & sleepless nights, but would I rather be doing something else? No. There’s nothing quite like being a mom.
- Coffee is not just your friend, it’s your best friend. A cup in the morning before the baby wakes up is about as equal to a warm hello from a friend as you can get.
- You are your own boss. The family CEO. Only you can hold yourself accountable for getting the housework done, reading or playing with your babies, working out, watering your houseplants, or taking a shower.. which is both a blessing and a curse.
- Poop is easily one of your most used words. “Do you have to go poop? Did you poop? Is that poop? Phew! You pooped!” All day. Everyday.
- To-do lists are endless. There is always more yard work, more groceries, more cards to send, & more bills to pay. So that pretty $20 notepad is worth every penny. Because, mombrain.
- Errands are ran after nap time, or never. You make a mad dash to get out of the house immediately following nap time because you know you’re on the clock. It’s only a matter of time before they have a blow out or are bored or hangry or it’s time for their NEXT nap. And if for some reason you get caught up you say, “screw it, we’ll go tomorrow“.
- Speaking of errands..the time it takes to get everyone ready and in the car will take longer than the errand itself. You can’t go out in public without brushing your teeth, changing out of the pajamas you’ve been wearing all morning & finding all the things baby needs to go out; all of which takes approximately 5 hours. Then you drive up the road to buy the three things you went for and are back home in 20 minutes.
- The friend with the baby around the same age as yours? She’s the only one who gets it. She understands when you cancel because you’re just too tired from being up all night with a teething baby, she understands when the whole family has had the flu for a week, she understands when you show up looking like you just rolled out of bed (you did, actually) because you just needed a break with another adult.. and she won’t think any less of you.
- Scheduling time for yourself is the only way it happens. You spend every minute of every day worrying about the needs of your family before you even get to your own. You consider a hot shower or the ten minutes before bed doing XYZ your ‘me time’ unless you make it a priority. News flash: showers don’t count & ten minutes isn’t enough!
- We’re all losing our shit. Hiding in the bathroom to pee, scarf down a candy bar, and scroll through insta to see all the other mamas who are in the same boat is the only way you stay sane enough to not pull out all your hair..whatever’s left of it.
- You miss your little humans once they’re in bed. You laugh with your husband about the stunts they tried to pull during the day and then you pick up your phone and watch the videos you took of them or look back at old pictures and think to yourself, I can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow.