“I’m participating in the WAHMEO Revolution Blog Carnival 2013, hosted by WAHMderfullife.com, MommyGinger.com and VA Support Pro! We’ll be sharing our thoughts and experiences on being a WAHMEO. We will also be sharing our reasons why we want to be WAHMEOs. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of link-up entries.”
2. Feeding the baby – This is my task alone. Aside from breastfeeding the baby, it is also me who feeds him breakfast, lunch, dinner and merienda in between. The yaya cannot and must not feed the baby. Also, it is only me who is in charge of cleaning the baby’s feeding utensils. No one else can touch my baby’s food and utensils! (Well, except for my own mother.)
3. Giving the baby a bath – Ah, this is one of the highlights of our day. The baby kicks like there’s no tomorrow! He stands in the bathtub and splashes everyone with water! He plays with the bubbles and tries to eat them! Ay, there’s no dull moment in our bath time talaga. 😀
4. Sponge bath at night – This is one of the rituals we have established early. Did you know that when you want to help a baby sleep through the night, establishing a nightly ritual is recommended? What I do is after dinner, we play a bit. Then, I give him a sponge bath. When he gets sleepy, I carry him upstairs, lets him play until he gets tired or we read a story, then we breastfeed, then he sleeps.
5. Shopping for the baby– This is the most fun task for WAHM-CEOs like us, right? For me, it is! It does not only mean shopping for clothes and other baby stuff. I think I got past that stage already. What I mean is shopping for the right food, milk, diapers, etc. In other words, my love for grocery shopping just got worsewhen I became a WAHM!
6. Establishing our schedule – I once mentioned in this blog that I am very addicted to listing things even before. This intensified when I had my baby! I’m obsessed in creating my baby’s schedule. Everything is listed on paper, which works well for all of us.
There’s so much more that I didn’t include in the list, such as overseeing the yaya, paying her every month, listing the expenses, setting our monthly budget, pestering the boyfriend regarding investments. Well, the last part is not correct; I don’t actually pester him, just educate. Hahaha!
Yes, moms, being a WAHM means a lot of work. Like what I enumerated above, there’s virtually no rest until the baby is finally asleep at night. Is the WAHM lifestyle tiring? You bet it is! Is it overwhelming? At first, it is! Is it boring? Sometimes!
But is it fulfilling? I promise you, it is. I get the best of both worlds. I am earning good money while hearing my baby’s laughter. I grow in my career while being able to nourish my child with breast milk and homemade food. I am working, but I am present in my baby’s life.I know the baby likes toys with wheels. I know how much he likes bread and biscuits. I know how much sleep he gets. I know him.
I would never trade another life for the one I have right now.
So let’s go back to that road to the office. No, I wasn’t going back to that office to work. I was just about to see my fellow mommy-friend, George. I had to deliver a dress to her (online selling is also my sideline, by the way). Of course, I also had to drop by a nearby baking supplies store for a bar of chocolate (to keep me sane).
Sometimes, I think of going back to the office and getting back into the rat-race. But I think of how blessed I am to be able to work and be with my baby at the same time. Not all women get to have the same opportunity to be a WAHM.
I’m not saying working in the office is bad. It is not. It is also not the lesser option. It is not. Duh, even my own mother works from the office! All I’m saying is that working from home is a relatively new concept but you should not be afraid to try it out.