Tuesday, September 27, 2005

What I've Learned in the past year...

Warning! The following represents Craftylilly not talking about yarn or beads. I've been doing that a lot lately, but it's about that time for my top 10-ish SAHM list. Read on to learn more... About a year ago, right after I delivered my daughter and quit work, I wrote a funny little top 10 list about all the things I'd learned from being a SAHM for the summer. I feel like I've learned so many more things a year later that I thought I'd do it again and share it on my blog as well! So here goes... 1) No matter how much time you leave yourself to get out the door, you will always be at least 5-10 minutes late because someone will need a diaper change, or refuse to put their shoes on, or you'll remember some last minute thing you need to get into the car before you go. 2) If you've got young children, some of your inside jokes will include lines from Spongebob Squarepants. You will also occasionally have conversations with your husband that will go something like this: "I actually like watching Spongebob." "Yeah, that show's pretty good. Jimmy Neutron's not bad either." 3) All movie watching will be done in the comfort of your own home, popcorn popped in the microwave. I haven't seen the inside of a movie theater in over a year. 4) The only thing more gross than cleaning a particularly smelly diaper, is cleaning up kid poop off of the ground because your kid didn't make it to the potty. 5) Since my son's started a coop preschool and also a special speech therapy preschool, his speech has greatly improved. I used to wonder about what he was thinking about and what he would say about a variety of situations and things. Now that I know, it's pretty much what I thought. It's all about food, superheroes, and how his sister should stop touching his toys. 6) My children's ability to make mischief has increased at the same rate as my loss of memory, grace, agility, and patience. 7) There's nothing cuter than seeing my children hug, or share, or play nicely together. These moments are fleeting, however. More than likely you will find the older one taking a toy from the younger one or bowling her over, or the younger one pulling on the older one's hair. 8) I haven't eaten an uninterrupted meal with the children in three years. As a corollary to that, I now eat my meals at the speed of light even when I'm not around the children. 9) I know myself well enough to know that having two children is managable, but three would make me insane. I bow down to those of you with more. I figure I can handle one child per hand. 10) Preschoolers like to repeat themselves a lot. Asking a preschooler not to repeat themselves will result in about 5 minutes of quiet. Your preschooler will then repeat themselves again, only in a whisper. 11) Nothing is more exhausting than 24 children from the ages of 3-5 in a classroom. I used to teach 5 classes of 30 teenagers a day, but all 150 of them didn't make me as tired as 24 preschoolers for 3 hours. Well there you have it! I've probably learned more, but it'll have to wait until next year.


Blogger Elspeth said...

Amen! I have three, and I am certifiable at this point. And I just got a comment from the pregnant mother of a one year old "you people with three make it look so easy"! She'll find out when her baby is born just how hard two is, especially when they're 18 mos. apart! Oh, and someone asked if it got *easier* with the third. You'd think she'd know the answer to that but I did say "Uh, no ..." Good luck! You got them right on the nose!

9/28/2005 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger amylovie said...

I second that "amen"! Here are a few more I thought of while reading your post:

1) When other SAHMs start getting all metaphysical on you, saying what a "spirtual" experience being a mom is or how they treasure every minute they spend with their kids, they are either lying, showing off to their friends or they have a nanny. (sorry for the long run on sentence)

2)It will take a childat least an hour to eat a bowl of ceral and a banana.

3)No matter what the children are doing before the phone rings, once you put the phone to your ear they will want to talk to/pester you about something.

9/28/2005 01:39:00 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

Great List!

I used to think having all girls could make having four kids easier, not so. Their personalities are so different they mave as well have come from four seperate planets!

To add to the list:

No matter how careful you are somehow, somewhere, your child will pick up an inapppropriate word.
I have a precious 2yo who says "Dabbit" when she drops a toy.
We're trying to replace that with "uh-oh" but the former makes her sisters bust out laughing.

9/29/2005 01:05:00 AM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

It's been so long since I've had a pre-schooler I'd almost forgotten what it involves...almost. ;o) Although, my teenager acts like a five-year-old on a regular basis.

Nice list!

9/29/2005 05:32:00 AM  
Blogger Jenifer said...

Hey Jennifer ... love the list! Especially #6! :) Did I read that you're a HS teacher?? One more thing we have in common -- I teach French/Spanish and am probably going back to the classroom next year. (The husband's a teacher as well, and you know what living on a teaching salary is like!)

9/29/2005 06:54:00 AM  
Blogger Renada said...

Too funny Jennifer! I syill can't wait to be a SAHM. Or mom for that matter. One day..,

9/29/2005 08:48:00 AM  
Anonymous SpiderWomanKnits said...

Your observations are priceless! I have one little guy but I can relate to almost everything on your list.

9/29/2005 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Siow Chin said...

I cannot agree with you more on those!

9/30/2005 12:38:00 AM  

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