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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?