Friday, April 22, 2011

A Stay at Home Mom's Confession

What's the hardest part of being a stay at home mom?

It's hard balancing the household responsibilities while taking care of a baby.  Not to mention, a baby that spends most of the day awake and requiring attention.  Let's not forget about feeding, pumping, washing bottles, etc.  How do you balance all of this while keeping the house clean and cooking meals?  My postpartum doula has been a life saver.  (Angie, I can never thank you enough.)  But sadly, this was her last week (for now) - and I'm on my own after this.  (Mom - what days are you off again?)

Let's not forget about the doctor's appointments and miscellaneous errands.  And grocery shopping.  Kennedy either hates Publix or hates grocery shopping.  I'm not sure which, or maybe both.  But it never fails, the second we get in the store, she's awake and being "that baby."  You know, the one you can hear all over the store.   This leads to trouble in the kitchen when it comes to cooking.  Of course, Angie never had a problem throwing something together, but I just don't have that kind of domestic ability (yet.) 

Then there is the fact that eventually you start to feel like you're living amidst a very one sided conversation.  I'm not ready for Kennedy to grow up, but how cool will it be when I have someone that can answer me back.  I try to get out of the house every day, even if it's just for a walk.  I'm thankful for the Mom's Group at my birth center.  It's so nice to interact with other moms.

But oddly enough, none of this is the hardest part of staying home.  Here is my confession.

My name is Jennifer, and I am a shopaholic.  I could play dress up all day long with Kennedy.  I am addicted to cute baby girl clothes, and it is REALLY hard not to go shopping all day every day.  I'm trying not to spoil her, but I seem to go out of control.  So how am I supposed to be home all day with Kennedy and not hit the mall?  Today's shopping trip ended with some new toys, a Baby Einstein set, a bathing suit, a new dress (or three), and some other truly adorable clothes that I just could NOT resist.  If you've seen Kennedy's closet, or dresser(s) - you know that she's not lacking at all in the clothes department.   And then of course, the bows and headbands.  I could go on and on, but the truth is, I'm a shopaholic, and I really need to find a solution to prevent me from shopping all the time!

Warning:  Lots of pictures of Kennedy in adorable dresses (and clothes in general) to come.


  1. I bet it is hard to juggle everything but you will get the hang of it. I hope Kennedy likes Publix bc it is the best grocery store ever and I wish there was one in Ohio! As for shopping, I haven't bought any clothes since December! I promised myself I wouldn't buy anything new until I get to my goal weight. I bet it is super fun shopping for Kennedy though... girl clothing is soooo adorable!

  2. hey if you can afford it go for it the economy needs have fun playing dress up with her while you can cause when she gets older she will not like what you pick out for her no matter how cute it really is. lol

  3. It is very difficult! My house is always a bit messy and laundry is never completely done. Maybe it is because I choose spending time with my daughter when she is awake over cleaning:) I don't mind this sacrifice though.. She will only be little for so long I don't want to lose these moments. I was just joking with a friend the other day that they needed to have classes on how to be a stay at home mom. She said it best. It is a dieing art. Couldn't agree more..