It’s no secret that life as a working mom can be frustrating (I’ve blogged about that a time or two), but there are also days that are completely gratifying. Those are the days I feel like a superwoman, where I feel like I rocked my job, I rocked my home life, and I want to run to the top of a mountain, throw my hands up in the air and yell “I CAN do it all!”
Yes, this thought has actually crossed my mind.
There are a lot of times where the balance doesn’t feel quite right- I feel like I’m either slacking at work or slacking at home. But sometimes… everything just falls into place and I feel like I’ve hit the perfect balance.
I’m having one of those days. Actually, I’m having one of those weeks.
JD worked night shift all weekend? No problem. L and I rocked Home Depot and the grocery store Saturday morning. When L started to get cranky part way through our grocery shopping, I reinvigorated her with a snack, and both of us made it through our morning of errands without a meltdown.
Swimsuit season coming up? On it. I somehow have the time and the energy for the gym and have gotten in some killer workouts.
Relying on my hubby to get yard work done? Nope, independent woman right here, folks. While JD’s grandma watched L on Sunday, I did the planting, mulching, and weeding by myself. (We’ll ignore the fact that I did need my trusty hubby to get the mower started- but I blame our mower, not my lack of womanly independence).
And I didn’t stop there.
This mama still knows how to kick butt at work. Did I give a presentation to one of our Executive VP’s this week? Yes, yes I did. Did I nail it? According to the director, I did.
And in the midst of all this, L is still there, smiling, laughing, finding the greatest joy in the simplest things, like a balloon or pretending to offer an orange slice to me before sticking it in her own mouth and laughing. She is the one who reminds me to stop, take it all in, and cherish those quiet moments- those moments where the only thing I’m “getting done” is watching my little one grow. Those moments where she asks me to read Goodnight Moon three times in a row and where I see her little mind churning as we work through her number puzzle.
I am many things- a wife, a career woman, a landscaper- I do it all, but my most important role will always be mom.