Wednesday, October 15, 2008

In which I make a terrible work-at-home mom

Lately I've been pretending to be a working mom. I get up, get my family ready (some of them out the door), set my preschooler up with a few activities, and then I get on the computer.

NO, I'M NOT BLOGGING (insert wishful thinking here).

RATS! I'm STILL working on our small business's business plan. Only now we have a deadline: Friday.

Dennis and I are a team: I copy the format of someone else's business plan create a draft. I agonize over each word. I rearrange paragraphs. I let it sit for a while. Play a few games on the computer with Ruthie-4. Do the breakfast dishes. Get back on the computer. Send draft to Dennis. Go to the next section. Play legos with Ruthie. Go back to the first section. Rearrange things. Do some more research.

Repeat several times for each of nine sections.

Somehow eight hours go by so fast!

And then it's time to make dinner, go to practices and games, bathe people and talk about our day.

Then Dennis and I sit on the sofa and go over all the things we didn't get to talk about during the day. I fall in bed after 11 and say to myself, "RATS! I was going to go to bed early tonight!"

Repeat the next day.

When Libby-10 went to bed last night she said, "Mom, did you get my laundry done today?"

"Your what?"

"My laundry. I have no clean clothes."

"Oh. Laundry. I am so sorry. I will do it. I promise."

So last night I sat revising while throwing in some laundry. This morning I threw everything into the dryer, and then into a basket.

It's still there.


This reminds me of when I had my first baby. Life was so different from what I was used to, I had no idea how to plan my day to get even the basics done.

My "basics" are a bit different nowadays and include a whole lot more driving (but hey, at least most everyone can wipe themselves!) but the concept is still the same. I alternate between the exhilaration of the new challenge, and being knocked on my you-know-what!

Change is good. I know it is. And it's even better when you have family support from someone who's been there before you (thanks, Rachel Anne!).

I'm adjusting, holding on for dear life, and trying to enjoy the moments of insanity (like those 2 a.m. feedings I thought I'd never, ever miss - but who could ever explain it - I do!).

It's all good.


Andrea said...

I want to be like you when I grow up. =)
love you.
and hang on. wish I could come over and help with your laundry. =)

katherine said...

hang in there! You made it through the first time.
Personally, as a first-time mom who still can't keep a handle on laundry despite no longer having 2am feedings, I'm encouraged to know that feeling is normal, even with a one-year-old!

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

I wasn't very good at "working from home" ... I kept doing my laundry and cleaning!!!

I was better off just going into the office.

Then when I left my job to be a Mary Kay and Pampered Chef girl..
I wanted to blog... and not make phone calls...

I used to say that if I were my own boss, I'd fire me.

Maureen said...

Hey Katherine, I use Flylady. This is a great organizational system that anyone can use. It not only helps you get your house in order, but your life.

The website can be a little overwhelming on your first view. Just do a little bit at a time, it really does work. My husband thanks the good Lord above everyday that I found Flylady lol!!


Susanne said...

I hope it makes you feel better to know I can totally, totally relate.

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

Thank goodness for self-wipers!

El Shaddai Ranch said...

Love to read about your working adventures. Just this week we opened a store for the Christmas season, and I'm in charge. Think I'll rename my blog: from Bon Bons to the Board Room b/c HELLO I am a FISH OUT OF WATER! Wow-taxes, payroll, licenses, workers comp, employee handbooks, inventory, did I mention TAXES? Anyway...thanks for reminding me I'm not the only one trying to make it "work."