January 2 07

i’m finding it both tough and a pleasure to be getting back into routine.

i loved being off for more than a week and spending quality time with the family. i loved not having to think about work and not spending the entire day at my desk. i loved watching Isabella and her cousin Lauren interacting. i loved being able to take my kids for a walk around the neighborhood (even if it was colder than we’d thought and we froze a little bit). i loved having my dad make a starbucks run every morning and sitting around in pajamas with my family drinking our respective drinks.

but, there’s something just so incredibly exhausting about being “on” with the kids all day, every day. i’m actually happy to be sitting at my desk right now and not having three kids in the background screaming, “Mama! Mama!”

(funny side story. my kids call me mama. all three of them. not mommy. or mom. just mama. and i love it. i find it so endearing. especially because all three of them do it. BUT, my niece calls my stepmom “maw-maw” and my dad “paw-paw” which, truth be told, is freakin’ adorable. but, my kids started following suit and calling them maw-maw and paw-paw too. you see where i’m headed with this, yes? mama vs. mawmaw? i never knew who any of them were talking to!)

not having to deal with the kids fighting, chasing Isabella up and down the steps. grabbing everything out of her hands all day long since my parents house is anything but child-proofed. It’s nice not being around all the food. the cookies. the cakes. the cheesecake. the homemade reese cups. the pumpkin pie. the half-baked ben and jerrys. and that’s just the dessert.

i’m enjoying the silence.

but i already miss the kids. and i sure could use some pumpkin pie and a latte.


  1. Homemade reese cups?!?

    OK. Focus, Jeff. Focus.

    Seriously, I understand the convenience of the routine, being back at work myself. And in all truth I really miss my kid and my wife. But the dirty little secret (I admitted it to Amanda) is that being home is a lot more work than being here. So, I hear ya.


    Comment by Jeff on January 2, 2007
  2. That’s nice a Starbuck’s run every morning…Ahhh.
    I’d miss that.

    Welcome back to normalcy…whatever that is…

    Happy 2007


    Comment by Janet a.k.a Wonder Mom on January 2, 2007
  3. I’m glad the unending supply of baked goods is over – I felt seriously fat by the end of the holidays.
    My kids call me Mama, too – and my mom is ALSO Mama. Confusing? Yes.


    Comment by Rebecca on January 2, 2007
  4. I’m in the same boat. Work seems much more relaxing than I remember ;-)


    Comment by Chris on January 2, 2007
  5. You’re killing me!!! My kids don’t go back to school until next Tuesday!!! I don’t work, but with them home it feels like I do!


    Comment by Di on January 2, 2007
  6. Oh Hon….I hear you! I loved the holidays, down time with my girls….but they are making me crazy…and they too call me Mama, even tho I brought them up with Mummy….
    Mr Mumma was home for a week and went back today…sob…I miss him…I miss his capacity to play with them endlessly while I did ‘stuff’ (pretend to clean…). So we are turning into playdatevile around here, just so they do not get bored…
    um, and I will join you for a gym workout followed by a low fat latte any day! I swear my jeans SHRUNK over the holidays!


    Comment by anne/crazymumma on January 2, 2007
  7. Yup, I love me some routine too. After 4 days at the in-laws’, I’m gad to be back in my home sweet home, my own bed and the kids’ bk to their sleeping routine, thank goodness! Happy New Year to you!


    Comment by Waya on January 2, 2007
  8. Glad you have a great time and Happy New Year!!

    Yep I have been off with the kids since Dec 21 and am now back at work nominally (although most offices in Perth are closed until Jan 8). Alone and peace and quiet in the office, it is heaven!!! Because my kids NEVER, EVER shut up and having their dad home makes them talk more!!!

    Tomorrow they are back at daycare for 2 weeks and then off to Melbourne for a holiday and then school starts!

    My kids call me Mummy and they call DH’s mum, Grandma, his stepmother Nanna, his grandmother Nanny and my stepmother Oma – too confusing!!!


    Comment by Heidi on January 2, 2007
  9. I know deep down inside my husband is ecstatic to go back to work where he can get some peace and quiet. And I secretly wish he’d take me with him…lol

    Happy New Year!


    Comment by Izzy on January 2, 2007
  10. I know what you mean… except about the kids. But I had fun with my parents and my sister and her family. All of us in pj’s and hanging out, watching football… But it was nice to get home and be back in my own bed.


    Comment by Sadie on January 3, 2007
  11. I can completely relate to this! While I love spending time with both of my children, they can be exhausting. Also, traveling with kids is even more so! I went back to work yesterday, and part of me was a little relieved. I have all the respect IN THE WORLD for stay at home moms, I simply could not do it! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Come back anytime!


    Comment by Heather on January 3, 2007
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