Quite a few people IRL have made statements to me lately along the lines of 'Gosh Whitney, I don't know how you do it all!'....'I couldn't work and be a single parent.'....'Whitney, how do you do it all?'
The quick answer to that is I don't.
Right now there are dishes in my sink, laundry on my floor, and toys everywhere. I'll probably get to the dishes tonight after dinner, and I might do a few loads of laundry tonight because I had to wear boot cut jeans from 4 years ago to work today.
I get more cleaning done in the 30 minutes before the baby sitter comes over than I do all week.
Sometimes we have popcorn, berries, veggie sausage, and a Carnation Good Start nutrition drink for dinner. Well not we...Boomer has that....I have whatever I remember to eat before I pass out.
Sometimes I have makeup on when I leave for work, most of the time I'm just glad everything matches and I'm socially decent.
Sometimes I let Sponge-bob babysit Boomer for 30 mins, so I can sit ALONE for the 5 or so minutes in between commercials. Because you bet your sweet buns as soon as a commercial comes on Boomer flies up the stairs to 'check' on me.
I also have an amazing helper.
I literally could not do what I do everyday without my mother.
Yesterday I called her at 5:20pm....10 minutes before I was supposed to leave work and pick up Boomer and asked her to please grab Boomer from school so I could finish up a few work items. There was no hesitation, she just said ok.
A few weeks ago I was sick as a dog, and couldn't even get up to feed Boomer dinner. Boomer called my mom, and she came over and fed Boomer, medicated me, and got us both in bed. (My mom is terribly allergic to cats by the way, so anytime she comes to my house she is guaranteed an asthma attack, and she still comes.)
Mom told me when I told her I was pregnant that she was never going to be the kind of grandmother that raised my child. I never expected her to be, but in the past 6 months, my mother's help has been a game changer. I appreciate her so much, and make sure to tell her whenever I can.
So that's my confession this week. I don't do it all, but I do what I can.