The thing is, I hate being bored. And being a Stay at Home Mom involves a lot of the same. The same things day after day in the same place. I'll admit, most days I take this lifestyle for granted. But a change in season can cause a change in reason. (I'm not sure if that really makes sense, but we will find out!)
Moving into fall gave me pause. So, I stopped in my (bare foot) tracks today and thought, 'If this were my last day as a SAHM, what would I miss most?' The list came out pretty random.
Here's what I came up with:
1. The smell of a cool, fresh breeze going through my windows in the morning. If I were at a job, I wouldn't be home at this time of day. (Look, I said this was random, didn't I?)
2. The kids making their beds. It's a glimpse of the kids as adults, taking care of their space and taking pride of being capable. I feel like I'm doing a good job of preparing them to be competent adults.
3. Two o'clock in the afternoon. I've always had a thing for this time of day, even when I was in college. Lunch is over and nothing pressing is usually happening. It's a chill time, and I can still get something great going or turn the day around if it's been rough. I usually want to take a nap, too.
4. When the baby falls asleep on my shoulder as I'm helping the kids with their school work. It just means I'm a soft, safe place to rest. And we are all together and in one place. Just peacefully co-existing. And I really love that Baby #5 can fall asleep while I'm walking around and talking.
5. When we all have a BIG laugh together. With 5 kids, it's pretty loud, and it lasts a nice, long time. I love to laugh and tickle my kids. Seriously, their laughter is my absolute favorite sound.
6. Any of my children's faces when I first see them in the morning. They smile at me and want a big hug. (I know this won't happen for many more years!) In these moments, I remember that I make my kids really happy. I'm a source or joy in their lives. That's a huge, overwhelming idea to consider. I don't do anything to deserve that honor. But it's true. When my child lights up when they see me, it melts my little mama heart.
7. At the dinner table while listening to a conversation the kids are all having together. Whether it's about a movie or some plans we have. It's so funny sometimes to listen to them. Most of the time, I have to remind them to eat their food because they talk so much. (Wonder where they get that!?) I remember when they were small, and I wondered what their fist words would be. Now, it's entire discussions.
8. Seeing them grow up together. This is a big one for me. My husband and I really wanted to have kids close together in age because we wanted them to have each other to grow up with. Someone to totally understand why mom and dad are so weird.
I love it when I see the kids playing together, reading together, or insisting on hugging each other at night before bed. They love each other.
Having my kids home with me, I'm providing a place for them to build these relationships and memories.
I'm realizing now that this post is more sappy than I originally intended, but who cares ... we are all moms that love our kids. So, let's get all weepy together! (Just make sure you wipe your own nose.)
Share in the comments below. If today was your last day as a SAHM, what random things would miss the most about being home?