Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wednesday Blues

How do single parents or single-because-your-spouse-travels-for-work parents do it?  My husband recently started a job with a gentleman because his business was too busy for just him.  Well, it seems it may be too busy for just him AND my husband.

He's been working very long hours and I have been the primary parental unit for over 3 weeks now.  And there's no end in sight.  Being the only one who maintains the house, cooks the meals, diapers the bottoms, corrects the behavior, weeds the garden, buys the groceries, taxis the ballerina, etc... is plain exhausting.  I feel as though all of my parenting resolve is out the door and has been replaced with a "whatever makes you stop screaming" attitude.  That's bad, right?

While I know their little characters are important, I'm really hoping these last couple of weeks will fade from memory and that they will not become sluggards who consume only processed food and neglect personal hygiene.

I love them.  And they make me tired.  And I think bedtime is at 5:30 because they all skipped naps today.


  1. :-) I hear you lady! Although my hubs is home ... he gets up and is at work at 5 a.m. so it's me. oh and I work too. :-)
    And I do have remotes on my coffee table. :-) hehe

  2. I think the answer is: You figure it out (as you have) and just do it. You don't have to like it and you're welcome to kvetch about it but, in the end, you prioritize and get by. Adult beverages, comfort food and mindless TV after the little ones are in bed are my motivation. But really: What's the alternative?

    As for me, weeding falls pretty low on the priority list. (Well below Facebook.) Food and sleep are first, followed by (very) basic hygiene. Everything else can fall by the wayside. I've made friends with dirt and germs, though, so your mileage may vary. :)