SAHM, You Want the Real?

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If we never matured from toddlerhood, we’d be a hot mess. That’s the conclusion I’ve come to after being home with my babies for almost a month.

I’m not going to lie, it hasn’t been easy. Kids are something else. They whine, cry, get super sensitive over the smallest things, stalk you and just plain wild out. There have been days that I’ve looked at my babies and thought, “are you for real right now?”  They have really been putting my skills to the test. I think I am passing with flying colors. My husband things so too. Thanks, boo!

I didn’t know if I could really do this. I wasn’t sure I could change my whole life. I don’t know if this change is temporary or permanent. What I did know is that I had to give it a try. I think what has helped us is having a schedule. I have tried to keep them on a routine because I know how important that is. I also know they could freak out if we didn’t have some sort of routine in place. When my son is at school, my daughter and I have story time or an activity somewhere in the city. There are days when it is as simple as hitting the park or an indoor playground. Being home with them has also forced me to be more organized and intentional. Having a plan for our day makes things run so much more smoothly.

Right now, I’m trying to convince my daughter that naps are a great thing. My plan has been to get things done when she sleeps. I guess I didn’t share this plan with her. She’d wake up ever 2o minutes or so. Now she’s getting better at actually getting some sleep. Let’s hope this carries over into the night. She’s been fighting the sleep at night too.

Here are a few things I’ve learned over this last month:

  1. No matter how big the tantrum, meltdown or crankfest – it will pass and they will be cute, sweet babies again
  2. Having a plan is awesome and makes the day go by smoother
  3. There are lots of free things to do in the Los Angeles area
  4. Watching my kids learn, grow and thrive first-hand is awesome

 

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7 Responses to SAHM, You Want the Real?
  1. LaToya
    November 26, 2013 | 7:50 am

    YES! Toddlers are a hot mess. It amazes me how quickly my child can go from laughing to crying to flipping out. The littlest things set them off but like you said, hang in there. In no time, they’ll go back to being your sweet babies!

  2. Jai
    November 26, 2013 | 10:08 am

    My kids can really be a hot mess sometimes! My 1 year old makes fun of my 6 year old when he cries. He can be a drama king at times. One thing I know though, it makes things fun and keeps things interesting with my kids! They are a PITA, but they are my PITA and I will keep them! 😉

  3. Natalie
    November 26, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    It’s the hardest but most rewarding job!

  4. LaShawn
    November 26, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    Yes Toddlers are cray cray one moment and then sweet as pie the next! Enjoy this time with your babies. I don’t know if I could manage it either, but I know if I ever had another, i would have to at least try!

  5. Ashley
    November 26, 2013 | 1:55 pm

    I think it’s so awesome that you are a SAHM. It cannot be easy, but I know it will all pay off!

  6. KalleyC
    November 27, 2013 | 6:28 pm

    Yup, toddlers are crazy but that is what makes them so darn cute! I agree with you, having a schedule in place works and they love it. As for nap time, I need to convince my little guy that it’s too early to give up the afternoon nap.

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