Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Isn't Tuesday the NEW Thursday? (Please say Yes.)

Viking Fireman

K is way more fun than I am.

Which is probably why both children are sobbing and moaning.

He went back to work today, but The Mayor and Rooster don't go back to daycare until Thursday.

I am alone with them.

ALONE!!!

I am embarrassed to admit it, but the idea of two full days as a stay at home mom really scares the BEEJESUS out of me.

I am in awe of stay at home mothers. There is no way I could do it. At least not well.

It is my experience that to stay at home with the little guys you have to have a game plan or they will kick you in the proverbial shins all day long.

I go along swimmingly for a little while and then...

The next thing I know both children are crying at the tops of their lungs.

The very next minute I am in a physical struggle with a two and a half year old with his pants and pull-up at his ankles as he tries to escape from the bathroom and relieve himself of the massive cup of lemonade he drank in some other room.

Meanwhile, where is The Rooster?

What was that crashing noise?

How many more minutes until Thursday?

50 comments:

Rachel said...

Yeah, my husband went back to work today too, and both of us miss him already. The only way I survive as a SAHM is by getting of the house every day.

Kris said...

I don't know how people do it, either. A few days home with the cats and I'm overwhelmed.

Happy 2007 - so glad to see you over at IndieBloggers!

Hang in there . . .

bubandpie said...

My work schedule goes up and down, so I do the SAHM thing at times, the WAHM thing at times, and various degrees of part- or full-time WOHM at other times. And it's all terrifying: when I've gotten out of practice being on my own with the kids it's terrifying - but I'm also very scared at the amount of work that awaits me when classes start up again next week.

Girl In Her Underwear said...

I've been a SAHM for almost three years now and still get my butt kicked almost on a daily basis. :D You're a wonderful mommy! I hope you survive the next two days!

Panda said...

Yeh yeh, being a SAHM is hard...but really, you just want K home because he looks so HOT in a Viking helmet.

Come on, fess up!

Mel said...

Yes. It's a life-or-death struggle, and with two under two it's gotta be as easy as herding cats.
[shudder]
This too will pass.

BlondeMom said...

I am back in the office today after being home for TWO WEEKS with the girls and I really thought after a while I would just lose it. You are not alone. I also told my husband if I were to ever be a SAHM I'd have to have some sort of schedule or something in the winter, especially.

Here's to a speedy week for you my dear and a virtual pitcher of margaritas.

p.s. love that picture of your husband!

Bob said...

I don't know how my wife did it without going craz.....

wait, she didn't.

good luck.

NtycnBoricua said...

Here's to Thursday! You'll make it!

http://ntycnboricua.blogspot.com

Mamma said...

I practically ran to work this morning.

I often feel like this makes me a bad mom. It's just that I'm not that entertaining.

I love my boys--but I'm not good with schedules and they're not good without them.

BethGo said...

I feel your pain.
I was sooo looking forward to my older one going back to kindergarten today BUT last night he started throwing up so I am a SAHM to2 with no hubby to help as he returned to work today too.
It's 1 pm an I am still not dressed.
get me out of here!

KC said...

Work is seriously an oasis of rest and aerobic recovery.

Hats off to SAHMs. I'd die.

Long Island Dad said...

I know this is a "Mom" site by I just wanted to put my plug in for us Stay-At-Home-Dads. As a full-time father to a 4 year old and a 4 month old, two dogs and a cat, being home everyday is "the toughest job you'll ever love." And it's winter in NY so we're inside for most days. Takes planning, creativity, patience and LUCK!

QueenieBadd said...

Yeah, you got the SAHM thing about right-my job is pretty much just getting kicked in the shins all day, with periodic breaks for screaming. It's fun. And I'm going to homeschool too-what kind of crazy pills am I taking? I think I must just be a masochist at heart.

Hang in there, you can do it. The upside of SAHM-hood is that there's nobody to tell you you can't drink margaritas at noon. Just a thought.

jen said...

oh, sister...i so know it. in fact, i don't always even feel like a full mother b/c that sort of thing freaks me out so much.

i bow so deeply, every day, to you mamas who do it every single day.

i like queenie's attitude though. never thought about that.

Mrs. Chicken said...

I am the opposite ... Mr. Chicken is home until Jan. 16. And I can't wait for him to go back to school so The Poo and I can get our routine back!

Here's to Thursday! :)

wendy boucher said...

Girlie returns to her prison, I mean school, on Thursday too. I would be counting the minutes too but I'm too weak from hunger having been on a diet for nine hours and sixteen minutes already.

The Sour Kraut said...

Not to be all "Oh my gosh, I had it so bad" but I often wonder how I did it working at home with two little ones there. Ugh!

The Sour Kraut said...

I see you visited Michael. Did you read his post about Midnight mass? It was laugh out loud funny.

Cece said...

As great as I feel when my 4y.o. woohoo's when its Saturday & she KNOWS I'll be home for 2 days, i feel just as guilty come Sunday night & I can't WAIT to go back to work! LOL

I can only be a part-time SAHM. Maybe.

karrie said...

I survive on the days my son does not go to school by getting out of the house as much as possible. Of course that can be it's own special hell, but IME it is almost always preferable to staying home and counting down the minutes until bedtime.

I say hit any and all kid-friendly places in your area--zoo, children's museum, aquarium, ice skating, swimming, slot machines, chuck-e-freaking cheese if you have too.(bring a flask) Take them to the playground and set them free.Yes, it's usually pretty boring there, but at least you can sit alone and stare at trees or the sun or other mothers.

Honestly I've been known to wander the aisles of Target pretending to shop while my son overdoses on Goldfish crackers. I can usually read a free issue of People. :)

Nancy said...

Heh. I am sure my kids feel like they've gotten a raw deal when I'm home with them instead of my hubby.

And I hear you -- not only did I leave my kids home on the 26th when I went back to work, but I left my parents, brother, and MIL here at my house too. Let me just say, I am sure work was MUCH more peaceful than home that day. ;-)

Mama's Moon said...

Hang in there, OTJ! It'll be Thursday, and then Friday, soon enough! I admit that a game plan is usually a good idea, even if it's only a rough idea of what your day's gonna be like. But it's no guarantee that you'll come out better than without!

I got so spoiled having Hubby around in the last week that when I realized I'd be all alone with the kids today my panic mode sent me dialing my son's preschool, begging the supervisor to allow him in despite his Monday/Wednesday/Friday only schedule.

Moment of weakness? Nah, just needed an extra day to ease into the swing of things... ha!

Happy 2007!

Queen of the Mayhem said...

I am completely with you on this! I love my kids, and I have all the respect in the world for moms who stay home....but I could NOT do it! Holidays and the summer is all I can handle! Hang in there, it is ALMOST Thursday!

PS: Your husband is a cutie! Go you!

Momish said...

I don't know how they do it either! I can barely get through Saturday morning with just one, so I give you much kudos despite the moaning and crying going on!

What a cutie your hubby is, very Thoresque in that Viking hat!

Fran said...

I like the idea of the Mayor peeing in YOUR cup of lemonade! And, that could just as well be the Mayor sitting there. When I popped up the site, I thought it was the kiddo, not K! Ha!

carmachu said...

Oh stop. Your a great mom. Hang in there. You can do it. Its only 36 hours or so left!

Good luck!

hk said...

You summed it up quite nicely - the running and the half-nekkidness and the peeing (on the floor. wtf!? mine would do this in a heartbeat if I wasn't on them all the time).

I like to remind myself that it's all normal, albeit crazy/panicky/nerve shattering. It's when things are going smoothly that the sh*t has really hit the fan.

I'm with the rest....hang in there.

IzzyMom said...

Daddy is always the fun one. Mine go nuts when HE comes home. But frankly, I'm glad he's gone back to work. having him home during the week cramps my style...lol

Hang in there!

Megan said...

Everyone keeps asking if I'[m looking forward to my maternity leave.. I am in the sense that Cade and I will get to "bond" and newbaby and I will also get to "bond" but on the other hand AAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! 2 kids under 14 months am I inSANE? What the HELL am I supposed to do for the next 6 months (maybe 8 if hubby teaches summer school!) And might I add we live in a small town in the middle of a temperate rainforest? I feel your pain!!

Jess said...

I bow before SAHMs. I hold my cousin's baby for an hour at Thanksgiving and I'm ready for a nap. Hang in there!!

(What's this about frying bacon naked??!?!! Please don't tell my husband that such things are possible.)

Mommy off the Record said...

I'm with you. Working is WAY easier than staying at home with kids. At least it is in my own personal experience. I know it totally depends on the person, their job, their kids etc.

But I can't help feeling really happy on those days I get to go to work. It's feels like I'm getting a break!

p.s. does K do children's parties?

Karana said...

We got home from vacation late last night and I've been having a rather blah day -- but no worries, one visit to your blog and I'm busy chortling and giggling... I knew I could count on you to brighten my evening!

Hope you survive your SAHM days. Just a thought, but have you let them finger paint with pudding? Just use wax paper/parchment paper, mix up some instant puddin' and let 'em at it. :) Lots of fun. If you want really easy clean up, mix up a batch, and stick them in the bath tub with it. Yeah, it's still a bit messy, but my kids love that activity and it keeps them busy for quite a while. Plus, it doesn't matter if they eat it. (Though I wouldn't let them eat it if they were in the tub!)

Good luck!

wordgirl said...

Well...you have to have a plan but you shouldn't be "married" to it because, with kids, things change every second. Make plans only to break them. You gotta be flexible. How did I do it? No clue. None whatsoever. Okay...Mother's Day Out helped as well as a membership to the zoo and the museums.

Would I do it again? You bet...but I get it that others can't or don't want to. It was the hardest thing I've ever done, but it was worthwhile.

Now, I'd love to get back to work. It's time.

Manic Mom said...

OK, do you know how dangerous it is to post a picture of your HOT husband holding something cuddly, while wearing a Viking hat? I lost my first husband that way! ; )

mamatulip said...

Good luck, my friend.

Good luck.

Nikki said...

oh, you poor thing.

I can usually hang with a day or two okay - but my kids aren't in the same age group.

See? This is what you get for laughing at my b/c I burnt my hair LOL

(removes evil curse from OTJ)

Tabba said...

You know I'm feelin' ya.
Totally.

QT said...

I couldn't do it. Hang in there - its almost over!

MamaLee said...

Another SAHM checking in! I don't know how I do it, either. And my hubby is out of STATE Monday-Thursday each week - and that isn't all that bad, actually. When he's home, he messes up our schedule! And he is typically one to keep things QUIET - a thing hard to do when the kids are 5, 3 and 2. I know you'll make it to tomorrow (Thursday!)!

Come on over - I'll cook you up a nice bowl of "LEAVE ME ALONE AND DON'T GET OUT OF THE CAGE UNTIL I SAY SO!"

It WILL get better. Bailey's really helps.

Btw, nice blog! xoxo

Christina_the_wench said...

Duct tape and Valium. Have you located these tow items yet?????? For the love of god woman...run!

Eli's Mom said...

I hope today went better..tomorrow is Thursday :) There are MANY days with Eli that I think I've gone crazy in my decision to stay home with him. And he's only 1 1/2!!!

Alpha Dogma said...

Embrace the chaos.
And no one ever dyed because mom put a shot of tylenol in their morning cup of grape juice.
I'm kidding...sort of...kind of...okay: not at all.

carrie said...

Aaaaah, Thursday will be a day of celebration here too - wait! One of them doesn't have school until Friday, and then, sweet Friday, I will have a whole 2 hours to myself! I can't wait. Hang in there!

Carrie

ewe are here said...

Oh dear.

The trick is to get out of the house if you can.

Hang in there!

Penny said...

Hot. You're both HOT!

Love it!

PunditMom said...

I HEAR you! I'm always afraid to be home alone w/ R. -- what if I run out of things to do? What if I'm not a fun mom? Thank goodness for "educational" videos. Muzzy anyone?

Gina said...

Agreed. Not sure how some women actually run a day care out of their home for a living... wowee!

Lotta said...

When I first started this freelance gig I couldn't imagine how I could leave my babies. Now, I'm really digging the days I work. It makes me appreciate the chitlins more when we are together. So embrace your daycare days. They keep you sane and happy!

Mini said...

You just wrote my fears. I need to show my husband. Now, where is he?