Or "Why there are always dirty dishes in the sink and a pile of laundry in the bedroom."
Since I'm in the midst of another work week, I thought I'd post a few thoughts about being a working mom and what makes my life easier as a working mom.
1. The realization that I can't do it all. I am not superwoman. I have decided that I am not going to feel like a failure if the house is messier the weeks that I work, or if Judah wears a few more disposable diapers, or the laundry piles up more. I would rather spend time with my husband and son than trying to get all that stuff done every day.
2. Things are much better if I do as much as possible the night before work. I try to get my breast pump bag ready to go with everything washed that I need to take. I pick out my clothes. I often take a shower in the evening because that's one less thing to do in the morning.
3. I really, really need to plan meals ahead of time. Honestly, I don't do this well. But if I make at least a little plan ahead of time, even if that just involved putting something out to thaw, then dinner is much less stressful.
4. I always wondered if I would be satisfied staying home as a mom. Now I know. Even though I love my job, I really don't miss it the weeks that I don't work. Maybe if I wasn't working at all I'd miss it, but I'm working just enough to satisfy me. I'm very thankful that I was able to find such a flexible job.
5. I have a really, really awesome husband. He is so helpful, especially the weeks when I work, and takes such good care of Judah. I'm also very thankful he has the kind of job where he can stay with Judah when I'm at work. He is a superman, working hard to prepare wonderful sermons each week, and also finishing up a Th.M. I love that man.