Friday, January 20, 2012

What's New With You?

What's New With You?
We all get asked that question all the time.

We ask that same question to our friends, family, hair dresser, or acqaintences.

What is new with you?

If you have a career, you could probably carry on an adult conversation for at least five minutes. But, when you are a stay at home mommy, you get stuck when answering this question.

What is new with me??  
Well, for the most part, every day is the same.  I wake up to one of kids hollering for me.  We change diapers, go potty, eat breakfast, clean up after breakfast, play (while watching The Today Show), put baby down for a nap, I shower and get myself ready while the older one plays by himself.  Then, baby wakes up around 11, we run errands or go to a play date, eat lunch, come home, put the kiddos down for a nap around 2-4, while I run around the house doing laundry-cleaning-working on bow orders-organizing something-mess around on the computer-write a blog-and take the occasional snooze.  Kids wake up, we play, and cook dinner.  Then daddy comes home, we eat as a family, clean, play, I work out, he gives baths, then it is bedtime.  I sit.  Breathe.  Drink Wine.  Relax. Repeat the next day.

I love my life.  No sarcasm there.  I truly do.  I was a working mom for 8 months.  I hated it.  I hated missing all of those special moments.  I couldn't stand sending my baby way for 8 hours a day while I went to school to be with someone else's kids for 8 hours.  It wasn't for me.   I understand staying at home is not for everyone either.  And some moms just don't have a choice.

But, when someone asks me what is new??....And they are not a mom...I get stuck.  I don't know what to say.   I raise my kids.  I live my life.  I am somehow so busy....but at the end of the day, I can't answer the simple question: what's new?  (well, that is not totally true--I know what I did.  I raised my two beautiful kids.  I made my house a home.  I created memories for me to share with my kiddos.  I had a PERFECT day.....well, not always perfect....sometimes we have stage 3 temper tantrums, too many poopie diapers than I care to change, and a baby what cries when she is not attached to my hip.)  But, at the end of the day, I would not trade it for the world.
My answer is: I am mom.  I have the most important, best job ever. 
One of these days these moments will pass and I will go back to work and have the opportunity to talk about my career again.  In the mean time, I am not going to feel bad about talking about my kids...because they are whats new with me. 

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