Wailings Of A Work At Home Mom

The Wild and Wacky World of WAHMs!


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Isn’t She Lovely?

Got a lovely gift today from A Gracious Life. My first blog award =)

And what I love about this award is it’s the kind of gift that you can give forward. We moms can do everything and we often don’t get a lot of credit for what we do. Motherhood isn’t easy but it has been worthwhile and rewarding. Having a network of moms who I know can understand and empathize what I’m going through has helped make me realize that despite the challenges, motherhood is magical and it’s something I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.

Without further adieu, here are 5 beautiful mommies that I know deserve this award.

Sustainably Single Parenting

The Life After Single

Parenting and Stuff

The Milk Lady

Life As A Mommy

To get your award, all you have to do is:

(1) Click the above image and use it in your acceptance post.

(2) List three things you love about motherhood.

(3) Nominate as many moms as you like and let them know of the award

Why It’s Lovely To Be A Mommy

Baby, you're funny!

Baby, you’re funny!

I love a lot of things about motherhood, but the top 3 would have to be:

  1. My daughter’s antics. Everyday, my daughter does something or says something that makes me laugh. Whether it’s her complaining that her nose isn’t working, loudly declaring that she’s a monkey, or having philosophical discussions with her toy cars, she’s always looking for ways to tickle my funny bone. Everyday is a laugh riot with her and I’ve never been happier.
  2. Grooming my baby. I enjoy grooming my little girl: brushing her hair, cutting her nails, cleaning her ears. She doesn’t have a vain bone and she doesn’t like it when I comb her hair. I know she’s only letting me groom her because she loves me and she’s Mama’s girl.
  3. Playing with my girl. It’s like life gave me a chance to relive my childhood through my daughter. Playing with her relaxes me, makes me feel young, and makes me believe that anything is possible.

 


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Bringing up Baby While Working

Imagine my baby sleeping like that on my lap while I'm working on my laptop. That was my work at home life 2 years ago.

Imagine my baby sleeping like that on my lap while I’m working on my laptop. That was my work at home life 2 years ago.

It feels like yesterday when my daughter was still a baby and she used to sleep on my lap as I worked in front of the computer.

Those were the good old days.

Any sleep deprived mom would tell you that a sleeping baby is the best present you can give to any mom. And as difficult as it was to balance a baby on my lap while trying to  write three 500 word articles on car insurance, I still went for it and persevered. To this day my daughter still likes to sleep on my lap and she can be lulled to sleep my sound of me typing away on a keyboard.

Working with a new baby was tough. Even though I had pockets of time that allowed me to have a part-time writing job, it was hard because we didn’t have any help. My husband helped out a lot with the chores but most of the child-rearing was still my responsibility.

Another thing that always kept me on my toes is my baby’s ever changing schedule. It’s not that she didn’t have a regular routine. It’s just that her routine  changed as she continued to grow. I had to adjust when her nap times became shorter. I had to adjust when she started learning how to sit up, crawl, call for attention, walk, etc.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. You’ll need that village, especially if you’re a working mom. I’m not saying it’s impossible to do it on your own. It is possible because I’ve done it and I know a lot of moms who have done and are doing the same thing. All I’m saying is that working with a baby isn’t going to be easy. You have to be healthy and in the right frame of mind. You have to be strict in keeping routines but be flexible enough to adapt to changes. You have to learn how to ask for help, be open to accepting any help available, and let other people contribute to parenting.

As difficult as it was, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Working from home, even  with the baby gave me a lot of flexibility and control over my schedule. I was able to give my child as much time and attention as she needed. I never had to worry about separation anxiety, feedings, and her schedule because I’m always there making sure that she’s getting everything she needs.

So to anyone who wants to start working from home immediately after having the baby, my best advice would be to make sure you have a supportive spouse/partner/family behind you. Support from people who understand is what will help you get started and keep on going day after day.


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Revenge of the Attachment Parent

Being a parent isn’t a glamorous job, so prepare yourself for tons of embarrassment. When you have a baby strapped to your chest, you pretty much have to kiss your poise goodbye until they start learning how to walk. (Disclaimer: You baby learning how to walk isn’t an assurance you’ll have you pre-mommy poise back because this is the part where you start chasing after them.)

But if you have a healthy sense of humor, even the embarrassing situations can be worth it. And you can also look forward to the time when you use these embarrassing situations you have documented to embarrass your kids in the future. So, for  attachment parents like me, this one is for you!!!

You know you’re an attachment parent when:

  • you have gone to the restroom at least once with the baby still strapped to your chest.
  • people know what you ate based on the crumbs on your baby’s head.
  • you’re no longer surprised when you wake up in the morning and have you’re child’s feet or butt on your face.
  • you literally have a hard time breathing when you sleep (and no, you’re

    Who needs a chair when I have Papa!

    not having an asthma attack).

  • you or your spouse had to wake up in the middle of the night to sleep on the floor (couch, other room, etc) because for some reason a small baby needs ALL that space on the bed.
  • you use your baby’s head as a book rest for light reading.
  • you train your baby’s hands to grasp things early on to use them as extra appendages
  • you no longer care that your child plays with your breasts in public (until your husband points out to you politely that your breast are almost out of your bra, in public).
  • you feel like furniture. And even after you buy your toddler nice children’s furniture, they still prefer to sit/sleep on your lap.
  • you’re so used to having a baby strapped to your chest, you start using your baby to entertain yourself (my baby sleeps like a log, I make her dance and have imaginary conversations with her when I’m bored).