“This sign was going to say something completely different—a witty phrase about the challenges of being a stay-at-home mom.
And while there are challenges for a number of reasons, every stay-at-home-mom has good reasons to vent and express her feelings and frustrations, and I will probably use that witty phrase in a future post.
As I started to fill in my letter board, I had the thought: I wonder how this makes my husband feel?
My husband, who works hard every day so I can stay home with our baby.
Who currently takes on the financial burden of our whole blended family.
Who agreed to my desire of being home with our baby before we even started trying to get pregnant, so we started saving and budgeting way back then.
My husband, who never looks around at the messy house and asks with accusation, ‘So what exactly did you do all day?’
My husband, who knows that taking care of a baby, bigger kids, keeping up on even minimal chores, and cooking is a lot of work and takes a good deal of time management.
My husband, who never looks resentful as he gets ready for work, and I go back to bed with the baby, even though his sleep was disturbed from her nighttime wake-ups as well.
Sometimes, we SAHMs feel like we do a lot that goes unnoticed, and our work can feel like a thankless job.
And sometimes, our husbands might feel the same way. Sometimes we just need to get out of our heads filled with all of our own stresses and frustrations and look at things from a different perspective.
And remember all we have to be grateful for.
And to be clear, I love being home with my baby. It’s all the never-ending housework that really gets to me.”
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