Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: A Wonderful Saturday

 
“The hours my husband works makes me feel like a single parent, which I never want to be...”   ~Anonymous
It seems like this past few weeks has gone by in a flash. As a working mom, you rely on your support systems. Normal is your friend. Unplanned disruptions can make everything unravel.  Three weeks ago, my schedule was completely disrupted. Andre’s parents had a plumbing emergency and he fled to the rescue.

Having a Fix-it Man Gives You Lots of Free Time

Before I whine a bit, I will acknowledge the obvious, he is hot and handy. And yes, that combination is very sexy. When you combine that with his Superman-like desire to save those in distress, you could create epic story lines around him.  Get him some tights and a cape and he could be the next Marvel comic star!

That being said, saving the world one bathroom at a time is time consuming. And plumbing emergencies happen unexpectedly. So, before you go fantasizing, consider this, all of the childcare and household duties need to get done and what used to be done by two now must be done by one.
Motherhood is manageable with only one person. Of course it is. There are thousands of single moms around the country. I even know some of them. I also have great respect and admiration for them, even more now that I have had my hand at doing it alone for a few weeks. Now, I understand that doing it alone is freakin’ hard!




I think that it is harder if you have built your life around having the duties divided by two. If you have advanced notice that you’ll be a single parent, I think that you have time to process it. As far as my coping skills go, I am completely lacking. I have become spoiled by having his support. And when he is gone I don’t like it.

We Enjoy Whenever We Have Family Time

 Still, he has taken time out so that we can have family time.  Last week, we attended the UPMC Children's Ball. Today, he took a break and we were able to go out to lunch as a family. And it was really nice. As you can see, he and the toddler were having a sweet moment while I was mugging for the camera. Some things never change. Also, I am smiling because I know that since the project has gone on for weeks the end must be in sight! A girl can hope can’t she!
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