Friday, February 26, 2010

Guest blogging at the Foster Family!

I'll be guest blogging over at the Foster Family but until then I thought I'd share the craziness with all of you!
My first thought as a guest blogger in Jenni's house was how totally jealous I am that she has not only one but two precious little babes. I have always had a fascination with multiples, have always dreamed of having a set, or dare I say, two sets ::choke:: I think it would be pure bliss. And I'm sure as she reads this she will laugh hysterically and kindly tell me careful what you wish for! And I get it, I totally get it, it's easy to get wrapped up in the love drunk idea of twins or triplets but there is this whole thing called REALITY!

Well so here I am to offer that same concept and insight into the life of a WAHM. Sounds great right? Sounds like the best of both worlds, you get to continue to make money, have adult interaction, AND stay home with your beautiful bundle. You're right, it IS great! End of post.

Ok not really... in all seriousness it is the classic double edged sword. I have blogged a little bit in the past of my duality as mom and business owner and it seems with how busy I've been lately that this is a natural topic of discussion. As I said, working from home is absolutely the best of both worlds and it's also the worst of both worlds. Yes, I get to provide an income for my family, I get the confidence of knowing that I own and operate a successful business, I get the satisfaction and flexibility of making my own schedule, and I get to watch every moment of my son growing up. However in the meantime I get to endure complete exhaustion as I learn how to juggle 5 million plates in the air and oh the devastation if one of those plates drops! At times things can look pretty hectic and I'd love for you all to be a fly on the wall of my home. I offer you the following... a typical day in the life of mompreneur...

Wake up, change kid, feed kid, coo and giggle with kid and realize I've missed 4 phone calls because I cooed too long. Get babe to sleep for first nap, begin opening business emails, start replying to most important ones while stopping every 10 minutes to play the pacifier game with the sleeping kid. Proofread emails 1500 times because I lost my train of thought playing the paci game and none of my sentences make any sense. Stop emailing completely because kid has projectile puked all over himself, wipe him off, put his bib back on him, and get him back to sleep. Get half of the emails sent, check voicemails and prioritize call backs. Start checking orders interrupted by babe waking up from nap. Feed babe, coo and giggle with babe, projectile vomit #2, time to change kid since we have a 2 vomit rule per article of clothing. Change my own clothes thanks to vomit.

Where was I??? Oh yes, put kid in Bumbo or Jumperoo and begin making business phone calls. Apologize to first client since I forgot to turn off the baby goo ga tone of voice when saying hello. Walk into the other room to complete phone call since Jumperoo is making monkey noises. Finish phone call number 1 promptly when child begins to wail from the other room. Take kid out of Jumperoo and move to Boppy with paci for another nap. Continue with business phone calls. Try to maintain composure and control gag reflex in the middle of huge business call when babe decides it's time to poop next to me on the couch. Change kid, find blowout surprise, wash changing pad cover due to blowout, and onto outfit #3.

Pick up kid, almost faint realizing it's 3:00 and no food yet for the day. Grab something from fridge to eat. Start order processing, stop promptly realizing it's 3:30 and the dogs have not been out to pee nor eaten breakfast yet. Take care of dogs, answer random door visits from the Mormons trying to share God's message with people or the neighbor kids selling pies. Take various phone calls from hubby asking about bids or customer service or scheduling for business #2. Realize orders needed to be shipped, start frantically packing up orders. Realize why the kid has been screaming for a half an hour, it's past his feeding time. Get bottle for babe, prop bottle with blanket, sit next to babe and continue packing orders. Urge child to eat quicker since it's 4:45 and the post office will be closing in 15 minutes. Pack up kid and orders, rush to post office, get orders sent out phew! Clean projectile puke off of carseat, replace bib. Ponder dinner options during the ride home. Hubby gets home and gets kid duty, I cook dinner, then check personal emails and check in with family and friends. Submit various PR pitches, edit website, blog. Make list of things to do, orders to fill, and PR tasks for the following day. Head to bed!

Notice you didn't catch a shower in there... notice there was no teeth brushing in the agenda either, those are "special treats" sexy huh! And there you have it, the life of a work at home mom! So YES it is wonderful.... but remember.... careful what you wish for ;)

Thanks for having me!!
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