Stay At Home Mom: Toughest Job Around?

For the next week and a half, yours truly will be tested, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Mrs. Buck is headed for a business trip so I’ll be left holding down the fort and more importantly taking care of Baby Buck all on my own.

Eating

I can prepare milk with the best of them, but as far as preparing solid foods, Mrs. Buck was in charge. The sitter will cover weekdays during business hours, but I need to find a solution for weeknights and weekends. I rarely cook so I’m turning to companies like Gerber, Plum Organics, and Happy Family to tie me over. If you know of any good toddler meals, I’m all ears.

Update: My mother in law and my baby sitter did make some extra food for Baby Buck. Do you get a sense that they doubt my food preparation ability? No offense taken and I appreciate their generosity.

Sleeping

Since Baby Buck is more attached to his mother, Mrs. Buck primarily puts him to sleep.  That means most of the times I get restful, undisturbed sleep. I now won’t have this luxury.

Update: Thankfully, for the past few nights, Baby Buck has been behaving well and I have been getting a decent amount of sleep. Let’s hope it lasts.

Temper Tantrums

Like I said before, Baby Buck is more attached to his mother so during temper tantrums, Mrs. Buck is the first line of defense in soothing the savage beast. I thought the terrible twos was an old wives tale, but it looks very real to me. It may be due to irritation of teeth erupting through his gums. On long days, I sometimes lose my temper so my patience will be tested while Mrs. Buck is away.

Update: Baby Buck did have some minor tantrums, but I’ve been singing nursery rhymes to calm him down. It’s been pretty effective. Ironically, he’s quite picky about the rhymes I sing. He approves a song if he stays silent and asks for another at the end of the song. If he doesn’t like a song, he sort of “barks” his disapproval for the next song.

Final Thoughts

Raising a kid is pretty hard work. I now understand the argument about breaking down a stay at home mom’s work into a six-figure salary. Check out Salary.com’s infographic and Jenna Goudreau’s Forbes.com post for more information.

What is a Stay-at-Home Mom Worth?

Why Stay-At-Home Moms Should Earn A $115,000 Salary

Lately I’ve been talking about comfort zones. This is where the kids zone and comfort zone collide. Hopefully I don’t end up in the Twilight Zone.

Any words of advice?

Stay Inspired!
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19 Responses

  1. Thomas says:

    Its not easy feat for stay at home moms or dads. I usually watch our little one and for some reason she refuses to let me put her to sleep. Its not a bad thing though I just lay her on the couch beside me or in her bed and shes out like a light. I think grandmom and baby sitter were just being helpful. It’s not an easy job and for us it makes more sense for us to put the little one in daycare for now. Hope things are going well!

  2. Accept all the help that anyone offers. If Baby Buck has any teeth, I suggest dry Cheerios for a baby snack. Just dump a handful on their highchair tray.

    My wife is amazing. For our son’s first 7 years, my wife traded daycare with her sister, who lives a mile away. Her sister has two kids, while we only have one. On the days my wife was not taking care of three kids, she was working as a mechanical engineer. On the few days where I had to take care of our son alone, I was beat. I couldn’t wait to go back to my regular work, also as a mechanical engineer. I agree that stay-at-home parent with a toddler is the toughest work I’ve encountered. Makes me tired just thinking about it. Is it nap time, yet?

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks Bryce! I use Cheerios as well. Great way to calm him down quick, haha! Wow, your wife sounds like Superwoman! Guess you never know the reality until it becomes your reality. Yeah, I need a nap thinking about all this as well!

  3. Arlee Bird says:

    Most of us couldn’t afford to pay a stay-at-home mom what she’s worth. It’s a full time 24/7 job.

  4. Rita P says:

    Good to know that Baby Buck is allowing you to sleep without much disturbance. Yeah it is very much true that stay at home mom’s job is quite tough as it will be 24/7 with kids.

  5. Untemplater says:

    Best of luck! I can’t imagine the work involved with raising a little one. Must be exciting though with all the fun moments that come along with it. Hang in there!

  6. Oh wow! Good luck! You need all of it. On the upside Baby Buck and you can spend a good amount of quality time. Moments like those are priceless.

  7. I’m one of 5 kids raised by a stay at home mom… I have nothing but respect for the parents who make this sacrifice.

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