I've been a stay-at-home mom for more than four years now, since the birth of my oldest daughter. I exchanged my reporter's notepad for pacifiers and plastic molded toys and have enjoyed my time away from the working world. Last fall, I gave birth to our second daughter, and now I feel like I am really, really earning my keep as a stay-at-home mom. There's no time to eat bon bons around here. (But I do sometimes keep a stash of gummy bears in the pantry for those rare moments of solitude.) I present a typical day in my house:
Me: Stay-at-home mom
Josh: My husband
Megan: Our 4-year-old daughter
Abby: Our 5-month-old daughter
Hildegard: Our cat. She’s super affectionate toward our immediate family but will pursue and snarl at all outsiders.
6:30 a.m. – Josh kisses me goodbye. Hildegard comes in and snoozes next to me.
6:50 a.m. – Megan creeps into the bedroom. I tell her to go turn on some cartoons and assure her I’ll be up in a few minutes.
7:10 a.m. – I get up for the day and get Abby up. I change her diaper and nurse her in the living room recliner while Megan watches cartoons and I catch up on Facebook and e-mail. We ditched our satellite service shortly after Megan was born, so we watch Curious George on PBS.
7:30 a.m. – Abby lies under her play gym and bats at toys while Megan and I eat our breakfast. Today’s menu is Lucky Charms and orange juice, with a gummy vitamin for Megan. We watch Cat in the Hat on PBS while we eat in the living room. Megan sits at a kid-sized chair pulled up to the coffee table.
8:20 a.m. – I am dressed for the day. I throw the breakfast dishes into the dishwasher and turn it on.
10:55 a.m. – The kids head out to the back yard where they entertain themselves with the swing set and sand and water table. Brendan gets a kick in the noggin when he walks in front of Megan’s swing. Tears ensue.
11:15 a.m. – I leave Tracy outside with the kids and slide two frozen pizzas into the oven – one on a cookie sheet and one on our pizza stone – and get Abby up from her nap.
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