Man this week is flying by, I can’t even believe that it is Thursday already! I know that I have been saying that a lot lately, but this week I feel like I have been on a roller-coaster going 100 miles an hour non-stop! I love roller-coasters, but I’m tired and I want to get off!
I honestly do not know how single moms can work full time and care for a little one all on their own, all the time! It is such hard work and I have such a respect and admiration for those women. Really, it is unbelievable.
Watch this video and you may understand, just as little. Or at least have a real appreciation for your own mom.
Did you call your mom balling thanking her for everything she does for you after watching that?
Yeah, I know, that video gets me every time. And it is so true!
From before sun-up, it’s get Rylee up, changed and dressed for daycare, feed her, take Winston out and feed him – or let Rylee feed him by throwing her eggs and cheerios at him. Make sure Rylee doesn’t drop her toys in the toilet while mommy gets ready for work. Make sure Rylee doesn’t smash her hands in the toilet seat lid while mommy gets ready for work. And make sure Rylee doesn’t fall into the bathtub when the shampoo bottle drops in while mommy gets ready for work.
Then it’s off to daycare for the drop off and a 20 minute drive into work. Unless there’s traffic and then it’s 35.
Work has been busy, which is great, but a 9 hour day will go by before I can say, “I need a cup of coffee!”
Then a 20 minute ride back to daycare for the pick-up, and once I am home, I take Winston out, play with Rylee, prepare her dinner, feed her dinner – thank goodness for Winston who saves me the step of mopping the floor after I feed her. That definitely is a bonus of having a dog!
Rylee is usually in bed by 7:45 pm and then I finally have the chance to get ready for bed and prepare my own dinner. I eat by 8:30 pm and as much as I want to do some kind of physical fitness, like a short ab routine or 100 squats – ANYTHING – I am just spent. And all I can think about is watching TV and zoning out like a couch potato, daydreaming about all of the things I wish I could have fit in but didn’t have the time.
Does any other mom do that? I mean why beat ourselves up over it, ya know? But it is hard not to think of all the things I want to do in a day, and these days just aren’t long enough.
Wouldn’t it be nice to,
1) Read a book.
2) Go for a jog.
3) Organize the blog and reply to personal emails.
4) Go for a walk with Winston.
5) Meet up with a friend to catch up.
6) Go to the park during the week.
7) Clean the house. Wouldn’t it be nice for the house to be clean all the time and not just one day during the weekend? Who has the time to clean?!?!
8) And believe it or not, after all this, I still want more time with this sweet face. There really isn’t enough time for us to just… be. I love to just sit on the couch and snuggle her and talk to her without having to change her diaper, feed her, bath her or put her in PJ’s.
All I know is, I just have to take it one step at a time. I am so lucky that this situation is only temporary for me and when Brett gets home, I will be able to take some extra time to tidy up the house or go for a run or hit up the gym while he helps with dinner.
So, if you know any single parents out there, next time you see them, tell them how amazing they are. And if you are like me, then don’t take your other half for granted. Appreciate them everyday and tell them how much you do whenever you can.