As a stay at home mom I feel a lot of pressure. The pressure to do productive things with my child, to teach her letters, numbers, colors at a young age, to have her potty trained young, etc., etc., etc. To do Pinterest inspired crafts, have the baby book up to date, make nutritious meals, and make sure we get plenty of exercise.

Well certain things I just suck at. The baby book for instance. I’ve filled out like 2 pages, shoved some momentos (hospital bracelets, locks of hair) into it and that’s it. And at this point I know it’s not going to get filled out. I’m fine with it, Shawn is not. The way I see it there’s nothing stopping him from filling it out! I do however take tons of pictures and videos, both of which I’m very good at organizing and backing up. Really won’t she be more interested in those than in the baby book in the future?

Potty training hasn’t happened too much at all yet. I’m a believer in not forcing it until they are ready. Just this week she is letting me sit her on the potty for a few minutes again (we did this several months ago, and she actually peed in it once but after we got to Dubai she cried whenever I put her on it). So now we are sitting on it once a day. So slight progress.

Exercise we are definitely doing. Clare and I walk everywhere and go swimming and to the park usually daily. Win. (At least until it gets really hot. Then we are screwed)

Healthy meals are hit and miss. We order out a lot because it’s cheap and you can have anything delivered here. We’ve recently begun eating better (or trying to). Luckily Clare eats pretty healthy most of the time – she loves hummus, pistachios, milk, cheese, wheat bread. Unfortunately she doesn’t like too many fresh fruits and veggies no matter what I offer. She still loves the organic baby food pouches so luckily she gets some that way. So fail/win depending on the day.

Clare does know almost all of the alphabet! She can sing the song (with trouble at the middle part obvi) and recently when I bought her a cool alphabet puzzle she shocked me by knowing the names of all but two letters. She knows several numbers and can count to 3. Win!

Crafts are a big fat fail. I’ve never tried a Pinterest project although I pin things a lot. We color in coloring books but that’s not really too crafty.
So when I saw a great inexpensive craft kit I scooped it up. We had so much fun painting these sun catchers. The kit is Melissa and Doug brand, and incidentally so is her great puzzle. Thank you Melissa and Doug whoever you are! You make me feel accomplished and help me prove to the internet that my child does more than watch Netflix and play with the iPad (although I partially credit Super Why in her fascination with letters!).




6 thoughts on “SAHM

  1. Suzie- you are too hard on yourself. What Clare will remember is that you were with her these years-whether you are doing crafts (I suck at that too), reading books or just sitting on the beach talking. Just enjoy these days that she really WANTS to be with you. The teen years come all too soon! I love the jigsaw puzzle stage-especially those floor puzzles. and my baby books are not complete either.I tried making up for that with each child having their own picture albums to take….maybe not a fair trade, but all I could do!

  2. I agree with Paulette. You and Clare are so fortunate to have this time to just be together. One on one time is fun for her no matter what you are doing. I was also able to spend lots of time with my kids and we did lots of playing but not sure I ever did a craft.

  3. Love all things Melissa and Doug. We sold their products when I worked at Learning Adventures. We have tons at our house that I can’t get rid of even though the boys have outgrown it.

  4. Maybe you can do it together – Make note of the most special things Clare has done and said as she has gotten bigger as you remember them, and going forward. For sure you have pictures that would correspond to them and let Shawn put it together in a collage, scrapbook or one of those photo books you purchase.

  5. I think the blog counts as a baby book:) PS. I think just being a mom makes you question yourself all the time…are you doing enough, are they learning enough, did I ruin them forever because I yelled when I got frustrated? MOST days I go to sleep feeling guilty that I failed my kids in some way. I try to just get up the next morning trying to do better. It’s always hard but I hope I’m raising kids that will make the world a better place. I can tell you want that too and from one mom to another, I think you’re doing great! Sorry for the long post. Had one of those tough nights tonight & your post hit home for me:)

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