What a Mom Does All Day

 Posted by on March 23, 2012  Add comments  Tagged with: , ,
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Sometimes, it doesn’t really seem like I accomplish much (or anything) because I spend my entire day just dealing with these two:


Of course, they’re the reason why I stay home, and I would have it no other way, but even so…it would be awfully nice to be able to start a task and actually finish it, at least some time the same day. Instead, I find that even simple chores, such as cleaning a bathroom, tend to get spread out over the course of several days, because I am constantly, CONSTANTLY interrupted:

1. To provide drinks
2. To provide snacks
3. To open the garage door
4. To open the sliding door
5. To get someone’s bike out
6. To open the bin of cookie cutters/play dough toys
7. To put something on TV
8. To fix a broken toy
9. To sharpen a pencil
10. To button a dress-up dress
11. To help dress a naked Barbie/Polly Pocket/baby doll, or style its hair
12. To retrieve a Hot Wheels car, which has rolled under the china cabinet
13. To gingerly remove a mood ring which has accidentally been dropped into the toilet (containing a heap of pee-soaked toilet paper – or worse)
14. To sanitize said mood ring, and my hands
15. To talk to the school nurse, who has just removed a tick from Bee’s ear
16. To examine the hair and ears of my other two children, the cat, and myself with a fine-toothed comb because said phone call has made me feel grossed out and paranoid
17. To wipe a nose, trim a hangnail, turn a shirt right side out, fix a stuck zipper, or loosen a tightly-knotted shoelace (thanks to my husband, who doesn’t know his own strength) with a fork
18. To “start” an apple (DJ can’t bite a whole apple with his tiny teeth unless I take a bite out of it first to get him started)
19. To answer the door. It’s typically Cakes, who rings the bell, then grins in a cheesy, game-show host manner, and says something like, “I’m the mailman!” I can always tell when it’s DJ, because he rings the bell 7 or 8 times in a row, and when I open it he says, “Hi, Mommy!”
20. To mediate an argument
21. To remove the cat from someone’s bed/chair/pillow
22. To see/photograph/videotape play dough creations, drawings, train layouts, Lincoln Log houses, Lego castles, dance routines, and pretend music videos
23. To snuggle on the sofa and soothe someone’s injured feelings
24. To explain the injustice and unfairness of the world, especially when one sibling is mean to, or fails to include another
25. To change a poopy diaper
26. To change clothing that “somehow” got mud/water/chocolate milk/grape juice all over it
27. To put said clothing in stain remover bucket
28. To clean up shampoo that someone named “not me” dumped in the bathtub
29. To sweep up sand/dirt/grass clippings that “not me” tracked through the kitchen
30. To sweep up a bowl of popcorn that “not me” spilled on the living room floor
31. To clean pen/marker/crayon scribbles that “not me” left on my coffee table
32. To kiss/wash/bandage someone’s owie
33. To listen to Bee regale me with tales of “he said/she said” tweenage-type dramas
34. To sign Bee’s school papers/permission slips/assignment planner
35. To quiz Bee on the location of all the southeastern states for her social studies test
36. To make up an acronym (MALG) as a mnemonic device to help Bee remember the left to right order of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia
37. To explain the definition of “mnemonic device”
38. To quiz Bee on spelling words
39. To Google how to do 3 digit by 3 digit multiplication, because I can’t remember, and Bee is stuck on a problem
40. To change a pee-pee bedsheet after DJ’s nap
41. To find a favorite stuffed toy/missing shoe/jacket/pen/library book (insert any other common item here)
42. To discuss (again) why Bee can’t have a cell phone until middle school
43. To find and replace batteries in an MP3 player/remote control/annoying electronic toy
44. To locate replacement markers/crayons/folder/pencil sharpener (insert any other common school supply item here) to replenish depleted supply
45. To drive someone to a doctor/dentist/haircut appointment
46. To drive someone to an extracurricular activity
47. To pick someone up from an extracurricular activity
48. To explain the workings of the human body, in order to support my argument that a person will not “die” if he/she cannot eat a granola bar before dinner
49. To defend myself against the argument that my unacceptably stringent food-rationing policies qualify me as a “mean” mom
50. To shut the damn door 1564 times

A ha! So when I say that I can’t accomplish anything because I get interrupted 50 times a day, I’m not exaggerating.

It’s a good thing that my husband is a smart man, who knows to never, ever ask questions along the lines of, “What did you DO all day?”

Because I guarantee, that would not be well-received.

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  23 Responses to “What a Mom Does All Day”

  1. This list is fantastic. I love #22, I would love to find out how many hours of my life have been dedicated to looking or watching the creations of my 2 sons. Like you, I would not have it any other way 🙂 I love your blog, Heather!

  2. That sounds about like my life too. I have a 3 year old girl and a 1 year old boy. #11 I’d have to change to help undress a doll. My daughter doesn’t like to have clothes on her dolls. We’re working on changing that opinion. 🙂 Oh, and #50 I don’t have to worry about too much either. The 3 year old goes around slamming all the doors shut if they are open, especially bedroom doors if her brother is anywhere close to her. 😛 

    Occasionally, I have to remind myself why I didn’t get my to-do list accomplished. It was the 1,001 things I had to do for my kids or do with them. Who wants to keep working when a little sweetheart comes up and wants to give you a hug and snuggle for a while. Even if we have to watch cartoons, I love it! <3

  3. I love that you wrote this. 🙂 I was just thinking about all the things that stay at home moms do and how people who have never stayed at home full time might not understand our frustrations. I love being at home with my children but I agree that having half a day to finish a project would be wonderful. 🙂 someday they will be gone though and we will be sitting in the quiet missing the 5 million times we had to get up and help them. Funny how that works, huh? 🙂

  4. Amen!!!!

  5. Your husband is indeed a wise man. Mine, too. Aren’t we lucky? 🙂

  6. Oh Heather, you’re so good writer, this is an amazing list, and I feel identified. I’m always asking my self why I can’t finish any task on the same day and you have answer my question, two little boys requesting anything. Be sure you’re not alone.

  7. Wow. You are so busy! I want to make a list to…..

  8. This was great. As I was trying to mop my kitchen floor the other day and was interrupted at least 10 times by my two kids, I thought to myself that if I could just have 2 hours of uninterrupted time I could get so much more accomplished. Thankfully my husband has also learned to not ask me what I did all day. 

  9. AMEN!!! I especially appreciate the “no phone until middle school” policy and the “strigent food rationing” policy. I am SO glad I’m not the only mom with those rules! Thank you!

  10. Just when I was feeling completely useless, along comes your post and makes me realize/appreciate just what I do get accomplished in a days time. Between 4 kids, ages 18-1…there are some days when I don’t get to brush my teeth until after lunch. Thank you so much for your blog!!!

  11. Thank you! We are not alone. 🙂 My hubby asked me once what I did all day and the next day I did what he thought I did instead of what I really do. Yeah, he won’t ask again. Ha Ha!

  12. As I read, I said, “Yep, yep, uh-huh, hehe, yep, etc…” You have perfectly described the life of a Mommy, whether a SAHM or one with an out of the home job.  I work for a school system, and am lucky enough to have the same holidays as my children…but that said, I got NOTHING accomplished last week during Spring Break because I was interrupted what felt like every 30 seconds.  I had such grand spring cleaning plans…but the master bathroom got 1/2 cleaned, the kitchen 1/2 cleaned, the taxes NOT done, the office 1/4 cleaned…and the list goes on.  And then the little stinkers do something so cute that you just can’t stand it & have to hug them so tight!  Right before you have to send them to time out for something or other that they’ve done in the next minute…  What I really meant to say is…I feel your pain!  Just remember there will one day when they won’t need us and they say we’ll miss these days.

  13. Whew! Now I’m tired.

  14. I know it’s a heck of way to spend the day, but oh! I laughed myself sick reading this! It’s the Mommy Blues and you sing them so well.

  15. Ditto!  Love your list Heather!

  16. I just have to say “bless you and thank you”!  You have put into words what I have been trying to explain to my DH and 2 DDs! I laughed all the way through your blog and so did my husband…because he knows that’s the honest truth of what moms do and is so thankful that it’s not him. LOL!

  17. LOL  That is SOOO my day!  I always feel wiped out and reading your list I know why!  …and I had a good laugh…  😀

  18. We are so blessed to be stay-at-home moms! Even when it comes to your #16 and 17. And I know you wouldn’t trade it for anything. I know I wouldn’t. God Bless You!

  19. Yep, yep, and… yep! Totally understand them all! I have 3 LOs 4 and under and some days were are good to survive! My best friend just got married today and so in the last couple of weeks I have actually left the kids with DH for the first time for more than a couple house doing wedding stuff (I was the MOH). One day was a women’s retreat he encouraged me to go to (it was amazing!) so I was gone around 10 hours I think?? When we laid down that night he sunk into his pillow and said “I don’t know how you do it! I feel like I’ve been fishing all day!” (He fishes tournaments which means up early, on his feet all day on a boat, etc. and is usually exhausted). He has never asked me what I did all day, but after that I know he never will!

  20. Oh I sooooo understand this.  I have two little girls.  One will be 4 in April and the other will be 2 in May and I am also 6 months pregnant with our first little boy.  My husband is not as intelligent as your husband.  He DOES ask me what I did all day…..and no….it is never well received.  You’d think he’d learn one of these days.

  21. Oh so true! This list is VERY familiar! What a great idea.

  22. So true Heather!  I was nodding along with each #.  I was just having this discussion with my husband as to why I’m tired all the time and just a teensy bit frustrated when I cannot finish a job!

  23. I just found your blog a few days ago and I am hooked! I have been reading a lot of your organization tips and I so need them! I love organization and I somewhat  know what to do but…I just have a hard time doing it. Your blog is just so practical and logical. You are a mother’s inspiration and yes, this post is SO SO true. (I’m actually sending my husband this post right now because he is constantly asking me what I have been doing…lol).

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