As a first time Mom I am always learning. And while on vacation last week, I learned an important lesson about what I call “Mom Muscles.”
You see, it started on a typical Thursday morning. I’m up and ready for work, so I go in to get my daughter ready for day care and I find her face down in baby barf. Immediately, I trade my sweater set for sweat pants and rearrange my entire day to care for this sick baby. For the next four days I nurse this barfly baby with a double ear infection back to heath and then board a plane to Aruba for a week’s family vacation.
Now let’s pause and reflect on the fact that a four-day weekend with your child is a long time in Working Mom Land. While the stay-at-home-mom views four days as a blip on the screen, the working mom only experiences this for one or two weeks a year. I have only fourteen days off a year!!! I see my daughter for a scant three hours a day during the week: from 7-8 in the morning and 5-7 at night.
Suddenly vacation hits and in a beautiful condo on the Caribbean, I rise to give my little girl breakfast and then go for a walk and hit the pool. Then it’s lunch and naptime and then back to the beach and now It’s snack time, dinner time, bath time and bed time. We have jumped waves, chased birds and iguanas, and always reapplied lotion: It is a whirlwind. I am exhausted and I realize my Mom Muscles are not what they should be. I think it must be like getting up one morning and saying, “I am going to run a marathon today.” You don’t do that: you need to train, be in shape, own the right gear.
This working mom needs bigger Mom Muscles STAT! I’m mentally strong from a forty-five hour week. I can multitask with the best of them, and I can get more done in my lunch hour than a whirling dervish, but that doesn’t get me ready for an eleven day marathon with my daughter. I came home from my vacation with a new found respect for my friends who stay at home. My hat goes off to the moms with well-developed Mom Muscles. I’ve got some work to do to get mine in better shape! We hit the Outer Banks for Memorial Day and I will be ready next time.
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