I have told Caskey for a long time now about how much I love being a stay-at-home-mom. It is the perfect job for me. I'm a self-starting over-achiever, so we always have a long list of things to do or things we want to do as a family. I am always on the go doing errands, volunteering, gathering supplies for the most recent classroom/team/scout treat. I scour the internet for new ideas for Papa's birthday cake or cupcakes for Halloween. I absolutely love being involved and busy in those ways. On the flip side, we have a lot of flexibility. If someone gets sick, if the baby didn't sleep well, or if its a dreary day outside I can cancel or rearrange our plans. It really is the perfect job for me since I can do exactly what I want to do.
It started slowly. I had to start doing things that weren't my favorite. First was sports. I dislike sports for a variety of reasons. But nonetheless I joined the ranks of soccer-moms everywhere and found myself wrestling a small child, with a camp chair across my back while pregnant for 10 Saturdays in the fall. The kids love it, so we do it and honestly it isn't that bad. But in the spring we will be starting t-ball. Of all the sports to choose from, baseball ranks the lowest. But come April I will be sitting in the grandstands on Sundays watching two t-ball games. *sigh*
But what really takes the cake is camping. I was able to get out of camping in October since I was 38-weeks pregnant. Boy am I glad I did. It rained and it was cold the entire weekend. I just can't imagine. I have difficulty sleeping in a hotel or the hospital. I can't imagine having to sleep outside on a thin mattress for several nights. But I won't have to imagine it. In July I will be going camping with the entire family, yes even with Ellie who will be 8 months old. We will be camping for 3 nights. THREE?!?!?! What on earth can we do for 4 days and 3 nights in the mountains without electricity or indoor plumbing? Oh, wait, I remember what the flyer said, more stuff I don't think I will particularly enjoy; hiking, kayaking, and finding firewood.
It seems that being a mom is really challenging in many ways. It is really broadening my horizons in a way I didn't expect. But honestly I wouldn't dream of missing out on these firsts with my kids. Stay tuned for my 'camping' post in mid-July . . . .