Published on Saturday, 29 September 2012 21:43
Written by Moms In Heels
This post is written by a friend of mine, Karri from the blog Friends with Sprinkles. She is a stay at home mom and has a great sense of humor, read on to hear more about Karri's hilarious life ;)
One morning recently, I was walking to get my littlest baby out of his crib. On the way there I walked into a wall. Sadly, I wish I could say I had had a mimosa or bloody mary with breakfast but no can do. The toe was black and blue, swollen, throbbing, and sideways all by itself. It was just another beautiful day in the neighborhood.
Since I started staying home I have realized what a dangerous job this is. I have never had so many bumps, bruises, scars, etc. until I got my new mama gig. It all began the first week when I decided to clean. Cleaning is always at the root of all problems, right? I set my Swiffer aside and the handle landed on my big toe and 11 months later I still have a bruise under my nail. I realized it was a bruise when the nail polish remover would not remove the redish blue spot. I try to look on the bright side and use it as an excuse to keep my toes painted.
I have been attacked by bikes, little cars, legos, bats, balls, and bugs. All of this made me think about the list that comes out each year about the worlds most dangerous jobs. Are stay at home moms listed? And if we aren’t we should band together and petition to get it added! My research tells me the most dangerous jobs range anywhere from a commercial fishermen (e.g. Deadliest Catch) to a miner. Fishing and mines have nothing on the “mom” job.
Being attacked by toys, animals, Swiffers, etc. may not seem frightening to some. However, something as simple as swim lessons can be a scary situation. I took all three kiddos to the YMCA for their lessons. Two of the kids are in the same class and my little one still needs to be with a parent (that would be me). I am not tall so even the shallow end is not that shallow. When the little one flew from the pool edge into my arms it threw off my balance a bit and caused me to end up in deep water. Not good for someone who is vertically challenged. After that when we were doing a Humpty Dumpty (it is like it sounds--they fall off the wall into the water) exercise Christian decided it would be fun to get his foot stuck in my bathing suit bottoms. Not once but several times...you can picture how cute it looks hopping around trying to get a 2 year old’s foot out of your bikini bottoms (tankie..three kids makes it hard to wear a real bikini) in a pool. Sound safe? No.
The kicker was when a fire alarm went off in the building. How that is possible at a YMCA is still baffling to me. Anywho, in case you did not know, if you are in a pool you still have to exit and evacuate the building. You do not get time to slowly exit the pool or get dressed. Again, me and water do not really mix. So the alarm goes off and all craziness breaks out. I have to make it through a pool with a baby (still a baby to me) who is slippery and can’t keep his feet to himself, grab my other two kids from their lesson in another area of the pool, and all exit the building. Of course a loud fire alarm blaring is not helping the kids remain calm, which does not help me. The pool area is wet and no one has shoes, so we are sliding our way outside. Yep, we had to go outside and stand in front of the building until the “all clear” was given. Let me tell you the picture was not a pretty one. The kids are scared, we have no shoes on, and looked like drowned rats. Once we were allowed back in we got dressed and headed home. We luckily made it home all in one piece and another day ended with few close calls behind us.
I am thankful I get to do this job even if it puts me in harms way daily. I do hope all of the people out there with dangerous jobs get home safe and sound to their love ones. We are all thankful for what they do.
Be safe and pray for all the stay at home moms out there,