I have been a stay-at-home mom for almost six months and I must say it has been interesting. My daughter is three going on sixty. I like to tell people she’s an old lady stuck in a toddler’s body. Sometimes, I think she is my grandmother reincarnated. Being home with her 24 hrs a day, I have learned a great deal about how the her mind works. She is very cunning, sneaky, and calculating. She is also sarcastic and very blunt. So, her is a list of things I’ve learned from her since we’ve been tied to the hip.
1) What I ate and liked yesterday (or even the week before) is not what I like today. – Yeah, this chick’s appetite changes like the wind. Sometimes from one day to another or even from one hour to another. She went from eating spaghetti and peanut butter crackers regularly to hating them overnight. I’m like really, you were just begging for peanut butter crackers last night and now it’s yuck. This really makes grocery shopping hell.
2) Don’t let strangers ask her questions because 3yr olds are very blunt. – My daughter is very quiet and to herself and doesn’t really do people. But, every time we go the store an unknowing target approaches and start asking questions and, as I said, my daughter is very blunt and sometimes the answers can come off as mean or hurtful. This can lead to awkward moments and glares at me. So, I try to limit the questions people ask for their sake and mine.
3) There is no such thing as privacy or alone time. – Who knew once you had kids you would no longer be able to use the bathroom alone or even go downstairs without being followed. I didn’t know I would have two shadows. IT SUCKS. Especially when you just want to pee or poop alone. Like really kid, this is not the time for conversations. I’m trying to concentrate here.
4) I will watch the same movie or cartoon over and over and over again, because it’s funny (umm no it’s not kid). – I’m all for a good movie or cartoon. Heck I miss Saturday morning cartoons, but these cartoons out now are just blah. Like really the Bubble Guppies live underwater but light fires and carry umbrellas when it rains. WHY – YOU’RE UNDER WATER? And if I watch the Minion movie one more time…. (deep breaths, deep breaths)
5) Don’t ever tell a child you will do or buy something and don’t because they will never forget and will never let you forget. – Kid, sometimes I just agree to the things you say so you will stop asking. I don’t really expect you to remember that two weeks ago mommy said she would buy you a Doc McStuffins’ ambulance and ask did I buy it every time I come in the house. I also wasn’t prepared for you to ask me are we going to the beach a thousand times a day. But as I look back, I know I set myself up for this.
Honestly, being a stay-at-home mom is great. I get to spend so much time with my little one and travel with her. We wake up together and go to bed together which makes it easy to keep her on a schedule. But, there are times when it really tests my patience and I have to remember she is three and this stage will pass. She’s growing so fast and each day it seems like there is something new. I know I will look back on this time and wish these moments would have lasted forever (except the not using the bathroom alone).