Monday, September 1, 2014

10 Things I've Learned After 2 1/2 Months as A SAHM

I'm back to work full time now ::sigh:: and with that have been reflecting on my summer at home with a 2 year old. After staying at home with Fynn for the past 2 1/2 months there are a couple of things I have learned:

  1. I should not stay home with my kid- Just kidding... but not really. I've nannied, taught, babysat, and tutored kids of all ages, but there is nothing more exhausting that your own kid with 24/7 for 10 weeks. I'm clearly not cut out to be a SAHM
  2. I am severely lacking in patience- everyone laughs when I tell them this. They say if I work with 24 5th graders every day that I MUST have immense patience. Not true. I'm just really good at hiding my frustration in public. Not to mention if my 5th graders scream, bite, pinch, or otherwise freak out on me I get to send them away and call their parents. 
  3. My child is just like me- And apparently I'm annoying, stubborn, bossy, and quick-tempered. Put two of us together all day? Not pretty
  4. I eat better when not catering to a 2-year old. Back to school means no more PB sandwiches, fruit snacks, or pretzels... maybe that's what went wrong with my summer workout plan (just kidding!)
  5. My kid needs to be around other kids- I'm just too boring for her. No matter how many games, crafts, cooking projects or outings I plan, I am no match for a fellow 2-year-old. Even if said 2-year-old doesn't have a single toy, that kid trumps my company in a heartbeat.
  6. My kid is hilarious- I miss her laugh and sense of humor. Now that I'm not with her all the time I seriously miss it.
  7. She can also be incredibly sweet- When she's not in Beast Mode, my kid is a cuddly, sweet, loving little girl. My favorite moments all summer long were our couch cuddles. The perfect way to start a day. 
  8. Nap time is the most amazing time ever- Granted, Fynn didn't takes nap all summer long, but on the glorious, gorgeous days she did, I got 2-3 hours of me time to do whatever I wanted. Yeah, often this time was spent on grad school homework and house chores, but it was time alone. I miss that.
  9. Regardless of what time you actually wake up, not having to leave the house at a certain time each day is amazing. Yeah, we were usually up by 6, but we didn't have to go anywhere. Now we're up by 6 and out of the house by 7 and I feel like I've run a marathon each morning by the time I actually get to work. 
  10. Maybe I could stay at home with my kids...

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