My ‘new’ job

Nappy change

Even nappy change is fun in our house

So as of the middle of next month I am officially a SAHM – that’s a ‘Stay at Home Mum’ for those not au fait with parenting lingo. After what feels like months of negotiations, my employer and I failed to reach a flexible working agreement and so here I am. My initial reaction was something along the lines of (apologies for the incoherence):

how in the world am I going to entertain a very active almost-toddler with no income and less playdate companions as everyone in my NCT group is going back to work EXCEPT ME and my house is tiny and I’ll have no money and I’ll have to give my child oranges for Christmas and I’ll have to start darning socks oh-my-gawd the world is ending…’

A little later I regained my ability to reason and I actually think it’s not a bad outcome for our family, I’ll have more time with my beautiful little boy and everything happens for a reason.

Anyway, when it became a possibility that returning to work may not be an option my mum said to me, in the nicest possible way, ‘if you don’t go back to work I do think you should try and keep your house a little bit tidier’. Cheers Mum. So the first Monday morning as an official SAHM arrived and I decided to take on board what she’d said and become housewife-mother-extraordinare. I’d do the food shop, take Henry to his doctors appointment, take the dog for her booster vaccination, make lunch, bake bread, bake cookies, pick up the Nespresso capsules, clean the living room and organise the toys.

I did manage the food shop and the doctors appointment. I forgot to take the poor dog to the vets – although she avoided being stabbed in the neck so she’s winning. I made a wonderful lunch of pea fritters with avocado – Henry spat out the first mouthful and threw the rest on the floor, which the dog promptly gobbled up – another win for her. I picked up the coffee (priorities right there), I did not bake bread. I did bake cookies and burnt them. I half cleaned the living room and ‘organised’ the toys by throwing them in a basket.

When Carl came home the sofa was in the middle of the living room with the hoover abandoned behind it and the rug was rolled up. The kitchen smelled like burnt cookies and Henry had vegetable korma in his eyebrows, which again he kept dropping on the floor for the dog. In fact my main parental achievement for the day had been cooking three very healthy meals, none of which were consumed by the intended recipient. All the intended recipient wanted to eat were Organix Carrot Puffs and bagels.

Housewife-mother-extraordinare I clearly am not but I will try again tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day. And the next. But that is why motherhood is the best job, a bad day still ends with a hug and a sloppy kiss.

 

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20 Comments

  1. January 11, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    You’ll be an amazing SAHM, just think of all the adventures you and Henry will have together!

    I’m going to miss our playdate’s but we’ll just have to make the most of our get together’s when I’m free from the office!

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 16, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      I’M GOING TO MISS THEM TOO! WHAT WILL I DO WITHOUT YOU?!

  2. January 12, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Haha, quite the first day! When you make something mega amazing for them to eat and it goes everywhere but the mouth, talk about painful. Such a shame things didn’t work out with your employer, I’m not feeling it been back at work, just cry my way around the building if I’m honest. I think you’ve made a really brave desicion. #CoolMumClub

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 16, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment Helen. It’s hard either way isn’t it?! X

  3. January 12, 2017 / 10:59 am

    Wowzers a massive change for you – being a stay at home mum is no easy job but it is lovely to be able to spend so much time with the little. Look forward to hearing more about all your SAHM adventures! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xx

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 16, 2017 / 10:42 pm

      Thank you for your comment and thank you for hosting! X

  4. January 12, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    It sounds like a great first day ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ll get a routine in time, without a doubt. Just like any new role you’ve got to settle in. #coolmumclub

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 16, 2017 / 10:41 pm

      Thank you! X

  5. kerry
    January 12, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    I’m also a sahm, welcome aboard the crazy ass train, it sure is fun! Its been my “job” for 6 years now and I still don’t have a tidy house, my biscuit jar is empty and the toys belong in a “heap” in the nearest corner!
    #stayclassymama

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 16, 2017 / 10:41 pm

      Sounds exactly like my house! Thank you! X

  6. January 12, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    Aww you sound like an amazing mummy, it really is the best job in the whole world! #stayclassymama

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 16, 2017 / 10:41 pm

      It is! Thank you! X

  7. January 12, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Well having been a SAHM for almost 6 years, I am VERY impressed that you managed to get all that done in 1 day! I hope you have lots of fun in your new “job” and I’m sure Henry will love having you around. I’m sure you’ll fall into a natural routine soon. Have lots of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ #CoolMumClub

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 16, 2017 / 10:40 pm

      Well I started jobs rather than finished them. And I had been up since 6 so had a head start! Thank you for commenting! X

  8. January 13, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    Sounds like you’re in your element – have fun! #coolmumclub

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 16, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      Thank you! X

  9. January 13, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Who wants homemade bread anyway?! Sounds like your first day went really well, I’ve been a sahm for 3 years and not once been able to achieve all those things in a single day haha. Enjoy your new role..I’m sure you’ll love it xx #coolmumclub

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 16, 2017 / 10:38 pm

      Thank you! I’m enjoying so far and we did get homemade bread this weekend. Its probably a bad way to spend time but it’s so delicious when it’s warm! X

  10. January 14, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    Haha hey you tried right? The main thing is you are happy and not stressed by it all #stayclassymama

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 16, 2017 / 10:37 pm

      Yep! Thank you for commenting! X

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