My first non-contest related post in a while!

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I’m so glad that I have more time to post things from my personal perspective since we ended Talk To Us Tuesday’s giveaways (although I do LOVE giving stuff away!).

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how the weekends and holidays are much different now that I have a child. I honestly feel like I am “working” all the time. I’m working at work (where I have a large workload) and when I get home it feels like “work” taking care of a crying baby, getting her to eat enough dinner and doing bedtime. I feel oddly guilty about feeling like taking care of the baby is work a lot of the time. I think it’s because I go back and forth in my head thinking things like “I can’t complain, I love my kid and I’m fortunate to have a healthy baby” and on and on.

I really DO love my baby girl. She is the light of my life. But often times it does feel like work. There’s no down time on weekends. Holiday’s are way different – no sitting on the couch watching tv for a few hours at a time. I wanted to write this post because I want to know if other people feel this way too. Be critical of me if you want but I have to believe that I’m not the only mom who feels like taking care of her baby is “work.” I have a sneaking suspision this is another one of those topics that we don’t really talk about openly because we think that in order to be the “perfect” mom we can’t admit things like this. What do you think? I can’t wait to hear.

6 comments on “My first non-contest related post in a while!”

  1. Being a mom is my hardest job! My days home with the girls are much more exhausting than my days in the office. I am glad to be able to stay home with them but sometimes I get up on Fridays and think, it would be so much easier if I could go to work today. I feel so guilty for saying it but it is the truth!

  2. I recently said to my husband, “I have never been so happy to be OVER with the holidays!” I felt like a total Grinch for saying it, but the holidays with two kids was WORKING OVERTIME! I seriously felt like I had a hangover when I returned to work this week. I need a vacation from the holidays!

    I miss lazy weekends, sleeping in, going to the gym (versus the yucky treadmill in my basement), and happy hour!! I just try to tell myself that children grow up very fast and before I know it they will be tweens or teenagers and will want nothing to do with me!

    Thanks for the honest post!

  3. Michelle,
    Brave to write this. Don’t you wish everyone could be honest about parenthood? Wouldn’t we be better off? My husband and I talk constantly how we don’t miss going out to dinner or out with friends… we just do this with our kids now. What we do miss is sitting on the couch all day Sunday watching football or reading. It’s the down time that we took for granted and are now desperate to get back. You mentioned on FB that your husband works on the weekends so I’m sure you feel it even more that someone with both parents home on the weekend. Maybe now that he’s moving into something new, you can take turns being the parent on call for a few hours each weekend so you can sit on the couch and watch some bad TV.

    1. Oh yes, the Sundays of doing NOTHING! Hubby and I used to call Sundays “Grubby-Buddy-Days” because we’d neither shower nor get out of our pj’s. We’d just sit and watch movies/football all day and eating yummy food!

  4. First of all, what a FANTASTIC picture!!!!!!! 🙂

    Second…ummm…YEAH!!! I’ve never worked so hard in my life! “They” always said that “parenting was the toughest job you’ll ever love” and “they” were RIGHT!

    When I first became a Mama I actually felt resentful of my hubby working because I felt that HE got a break when he was at work and I NEVER got a break. It IS work and it IS hard and somedays I wish I didn’t have to play the role “Mama”. (But of course we’d never trade it for anything.)

    I said it in one of my posts before but I”ll say it again now, it’s taken me 3 children to actually feel like I’ve found my groove in Mothering! It IS work…and anyone who doesn’t think so is lying. 😉

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