For some time now I’ve listened to my friends, who were working moms, get excited for the weekend. Some metaphorically, while others literally would break out the champagne early Friday morning before heading to work. I’d just smile, though I did look forward to hubby being home at night during the weekends, I just couldn’t identify with that feeling overall.
Staying at home with the children meant that days tended to blend into each other, unless I was paying a bill, turning in homework, or taking the kids to an appointment. There was little use for a calendar, nor concerning myself with which day of the week it happened to be.
After my first week back at work, I can officially say that I will sorely miss those seamless days. The thing is, working is not bad, I love history and I love to share knowledge so that isn’t the laboring part. It’s the waking up early, staying late part that will take its toll on me.
I’m admittedly not a morning person. Of course, having children there is only so late one can sleep so you’d think I’d be well versed in lack of sleep but this is definitely different. For starters, I rarely ever wake up at 5 in the morning and stay up all day, but with my son in school more than 30 minutes away, waking up that early will be a necessity. All three children will need to be up and dressed by 6 am. My oldest son and I will have to leave out by 6:30 in order to get him to school on time and get to work by 8:00 am. No pressure!!
When that routine started, by the time the end of Friday’s work day came, I was ready to go home kick my feet up and relax. Unfortunately, when you do become a working mom, all of the other home duties that were neglected for the week have to be done over the weekend. What I mean is all of the house cleaning, laundry, and ironing in my case need to be done over the course of Saturday and Sunday.
In addition to that, I hate to cook after I get home from work so I’ve promised myself to cook at least two meats during the weekend so all I’ll have to do is pull it out of the freezer and heat it up during the week. I have a friend on Facebook to thank for this idea, though she is not a mom yet, she is a wife and has a demanding job so pre-cooking meats is a great way to save some time during the week.
Another friend I know, who’s preparing for a baby also gave me great ideas about precooking entire meals like potpies, etc., before school started. Unfortunately, I never got around to doing that, but next summer that will definitely be a priority. In any case, even the weekends means work and more work.
So in a nutshell NO relaxing. In fact, now that I think about it, I don’t get why I actually was looking forward to the weekend. Saturday and Sunday are nothing but prep days for the week ahead.