Motherhood

What In The World Do You Do All Day?

This past week I suffered another migraine.  At least that’s what I think it was. The pain was so debilitating that it caused not only nausea but an inability to even open my eyes.  The drapes remained closed and the room was as dark as possible to help ease the pain.  I took some powerful prescription medicine to help ease said pain and nausea and that didn’t even help.  I was in bed pretty much from 11:00 Thursday evening until 7:00 Saturday morning with only a few of trips to the bathroom. I even lost three pounds.  But trust me, I don’t recommend this as a weight-loss program. All that to say, when I awoke from my slumber and walked into the rest of the house, I assumed a tornado came through and I slept through it.  While the hubby was home manning the fort and keeping the children alive, I am pretty certain they were lost without me. There were a few cereal boxes on the counter but thankfully the milk was put back in the fridge.  I am certain every toy my youngest son has was either on the stairs or in the living room.  My oldest son’s lunchbox was still in his backpack with God only knows what inside.  They must have played outside Friday night in their SCHOOL CLOTHES instead of coming in from school and changing to their PLAY CLOTHES because they were thrown into the laundry room soaking wet from the sprinklers.  By 7:00 that evening, my neighbor asked the hubby if they’d eaten dinner and after his reply, she sent home their leftover pizza.  (Thank God for neighbors.) Every utensil in my kitchen was dirty, there wasn’t a clean cup to be found, there were orange peels and band-aid wrappers strewn about the floor, legos were decorating the stairs, several pairs of shoes were not in their “shoe bins”, and last but certainly not least was a sippy cup on the floor with curdled milk in it. And I didn’t even go upstairs. But the most important thing was that my children, they were alive and appeared to be fairly happy.  And my husband, he missed me terribly 🙂 So to all of you who wonder what we stay-at-home moms do all day, now you know. I am a stay-at-home mom.  And I rock.

11 thoughts on “What In The World Do You Do All Day?”

  1. That was a beautifully written (not exaggerated!!) description of what we maintain on a regular basis!
    I rock too! (besides lately I have been caring for a 1y/o, 2y/o, 4y/o and my own 9y/o and 11y/o) crazy!

  2. Preach it, sister! So many people tell me that they would be “bored” if they had to stay home all day. Seriously? I WISH I had time to get bored somedays! 🙂

  3. It is so nice to know that this happens at other peoples homes and not just mine! You nailed it! I also get migraines and I know how you feel. Hope that you are over it now!

  4. Exactly. Reminds me of what I read recently:

    A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard.The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.
    Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall. In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

    He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

    As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, ‘What happened here today?’ She again smiled and answered, ‘You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world I do all day?’ ‘Yes,’ was his incredulous reply. She answered, ‘Well, today I didn’t do it.’

  5. Cindy, I had debilitating migraines for many years and can certainly relate to what happened while you were “away.” I urge you to go to your doctor and get an RX for Imitrex or some other migraine medication. Your family will thank you!

  6. love it.

    I clean a friends house every other friday, so Mike has to keep the boys that day. That is exactly how I feel when I come home. Most of the time he replies “I could not do this every day!” – He is right. Isn’t it funny how God made us Moms able to do this day in and day out.

    But I wouldn’t be able to do what he does every day either!

  7. LOL! It’s nice to feel appreciated, isn’t it? But not at the cost of such pain. I’m laughing at Mel’s comment and story! I read it out loud to my husband!

  8. Had migraines for about 15 years. Took imitrex and other drugs. Come to find out all I needed was a $4 drug that helps with high blood pressure and migraines.

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