Manic Monday Blogarrhea

This is not blogarrhea in the traditional sense where I have a bunch of unrelated thoughts, strung together. This is just a stream of consciousness rambling about some thoughts that I have, and if I think too hard about them, I'm afraid I'll edit too much... so I'm just going to go ahead and write it without thinking... blogarrhea style.

I don't consider myself a SAHM. I don't totally identify with SAHMs.  Most of my friends call me a SAHM, but I am more of a WAHM and I work part time while simultaneously caring for my offspring.  I work in the home on weekdays, and out of the home on the weekends.  Think that sounds like paradise?  It is... in theory. Here's the reality, it takes me 10 times as long to complete a task as a person who is sitting at a desk job away from home.  When I call my boss or have a conference call, I have to keep the phone muted while the big wig is talking, and then take it off mute for 13 seconds while I spit out my opinion and quickly mute again lest the big wig get an earful of the Human Cannonball's fourteen verse song about "poop." My house is not clean. Not nearly as clean as it would be if I cleaned my way out the door in the morning, dropped the kids off at daycare, and then walked back in to the house the way I left it and unleashed the tornados on it. My tornados are doing their damage on Lindstrom-ville all day.  Then, after they go to bed and I'm done picking up after them, and there's a little time for grown-up time, I usually have the computer open on my lap doing the work I couldn't get done while my kids were crawling around me because I don't want them to think that their mother has a glowing Apple logo for a face.

However, I read this blog post today, and promptly sent it to my husband who does not understand what I mean when I say that going to work is like a "break" for him.  When I go to an actual workplace on the weekends, it is most certainly a break for me.  It is the most relaxing time of my week. Take a second to read this, you won't be sorry.  It could not be more true.

Here's the thing, though. Remember all that complaining I did up there? That's the downside of my situation. The upside is that I get to see these sweet faces that I made all the time.  I don't have to look at pictures of them propped on my desk or wallpapering my computer screen and wonder what major milestone they are hitting, because I'm mostly with them. I don't have to cram a days worth of activities with them into the hour or two before bedtime, because I have the whole day to work around their schedules and be with them. I get my share of cuddles and then some.  I have the luxury of being able to wash a couple loads of clothes or dishes during the day if I have the time (I rarely have the time, but the option is there). I don't have to get a bosses permission to be at their school concerts, or doctor's appointments.  Yes, all that is totally awesome.

There is a major debate in this world between moms about who has it the easiest.  Whether we want to admit it or not.  I feel like I am constantly trying to tell my work outside the home mom friends that I don't sit home all day and eat bon bons. I'm gonna go ahead and tell you this (I've done it every which way in the past six years, so I feel like I can speak for everyone), NOBODY HAS IT THE EASIEST.  NOBODY. If you are a mom, it is hard. Period. End of discussion.  So, let's stop with the grass is greener stuff, and just support each other and try to understand. Kumbaya.


  1. Love this post and I love you!

    I agree 100% NO parent has it easy. period. Hardest thing to do but TOTALLY worth it!!

  2. The singleton, non-mom gives a hearty 'Amen!' If I were an M, I'd be a WAHM too. Can't really imagine any other way to be, actually. Spot on.

  3. Love this post!! It's true, if you're a mom, you deserve all the love & support you can get. After all, we're all in this together!


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